CONVERSATIONS IN the Field

Hudson River Flows is speaking with the pioneers of our regional food system. Our conversations are helping us  identify the principal challenges we face as we seek to grow a more robust, regenerative food system for all in the Hudson Valley. We share what we are learning here.

Julian McKinley

April 23, 2019

The value of urban farms  extends far beyond food production. Raymond Figueroa is committed to preserving these endangered community assets.

FOOD JUSTICE & URBAN FARMING

Robert Raymond

Jonah Fertig-Burd, CDI's Cooperative Systems Program

October 1, 2019

Jonah Fertig-Burd works to develop cooperative businesses and networks that increase equitable access to land, to the oceans, and to markets for food producers.

FOOD JUSTICE 

Lisa Held

Sophie Ackoff, the National Young Farmers Coalition

September 12, 2019

Sophie Ackoff discusses initiatives her organization is engaged in on a national and New York State level to support the next generation of farmers.

POLICY

Susan Arterian Chang

Marissa Codey, Columbia Land Conservancy

June 29, 2019

The director of Columbia Land Conservancy's agricultural programs  describes CLC's efforts to address the crisis of farmland affordability.

FARMLAND ACCESS

Susan Arterian Chang

CHRIS CASHEN, The Farm at Miller’s Crossing

May 16, 2019

Chris Cashen's farming practice has evolved from a four-acre organic vegetable garden to an over 600 acre diversified enterprise that is deeply embedded in its community. 

RURAL FARMING

Mark Phillips

Laura Edwards-Orr, 
Red Tomato

April 15, 2019

Laura believes we need a more holistic approach to food system change that addresses the systemic inequities of how it's produced, distributed, and consumed.

DISTRIBUTION

Susan Arterian Chang

Noah SheetZ,  
ChefS' consortium

April 24, 2019

Noah brings a passion for local food to his work as a contract chef for a state agency and to his work with regional chefs through the Chefs’ Consortium.

DISTRIBUTION & FARM TO INSTITUTION

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Javier Gomez

Sarah Simon, Common Ground Farm

April 15, 2019

The farm director of a food justice organization that pioneered the CSA model talks about new ways to deliver healthy food to urban communities.

DISTRIBUTION & FOOD JUSTICE

Javier Gomez

Omari WAshington, HUDSON VALLEY SEED

March 28, 2019

Although increased demand from school districts for local food is advancing the growth of the food system, more investment in infrastructure & training is needed.

FARM TO INSTITUTION

Susan Arterian Chang

December 1, 2019

A sheep farmer and professor of climate and agroecology defines regenerative farming as the inextricable intertwining of habitat creation and soil health.

FARMLAND MANAGEMENT

Lisa Held

Erica Goodman, American Farmland Trust

September 11, 2019

AFT’s New York State Deputy Director talks about state policies and funding mechanism that support farmer transition and institutional local food procurement efforts.

POLICY

Lisa Held

Qiana Mickie, 
Just Foods

August 18, 2019

Just Food's Executive Director is prioritizing equity as the organization's core mission and Just Food's efforts to make healthy food more accessible in urban communities.

POLICY & FOOD JUSTICE

Kevin Irby

Kevin Egolf,
Local Farms Fund

June 21, 2019

Kevin Egolf reports on the challenges he faces as a farmland impact investment fund manager seeking to give new farmers access to leased land with a path to ownership.

FARMLAND ACCESS

Mark Phillips

Greene & Kaufman,
Propagate Ventures

April 23, 2019

Propogate Ventures cofounders talk about the economics of regenerative agriculture and the challenge of collecting data on margins and pricing across the supply chain.

FARMLAND MANAGEMENT 

Mark Phillips

June Russell, 
GROWNYC GRAIN PROJECT

April 22, 2019

GrowNYC is playing a key role in coordinating a whole suite of activities necessary for returning local, ecologically grown grains to our food system.

DISTRIBUTION

Mark Phillips

Wes Hannah and Bryn Roshong, Solid Ground Farm

April 15, 2019

These farmers say we need more creative collaborations between farm leasees and landowners and more support to help farmers solve the double affordability gap.

RURAL FARMING & FARMLAND ACCESS

Susan Arterian Chang

Michael Waterman, CANOPY HOLDINGS

March 28,2019

Michael brings a financier's savvy and a beginner's mind to his commitment to a truly farmer-centric regenerative food distribution model.

DISTRIBUTION

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Javier Gomez

Stiles Renee Najac, CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

March 28, 2019

Stiles says farmers must be guided to use their limited resources more optimally, not just grow more food, and they need more food matchmakers.

FOOD SYSTEM ADVISOR

Robert Raymond

Maggie Gray,
Food Justice Writer

September 12, 2019

Maggie Gray, author of Labor and the Locavore, says the local food movement has largely neglected farm and food worker justice, and this needs to change.

FOOD JUSTICE 

Robert Raymond

Suzanne Adely, the Food Chain Workers Alliance

September 11, 2019

Suzanne Adely talks about the Good Food Purchasing Program, The Fair Labor Practices Act, and her organization’s work to support and empower food workers in our region. 

FOOD JUSTICE

Robert Ramin Raymond

Elizabeth Henderson, the Agricultural Justice PROJECT

August 18, 2019

Elizabeth Henderson explains the structural reasons why we don’t have a just food system and what her organization is doing to address it.

FOOD JUSTICE

Susan Arterian Chang

Sam Merrett,
Schooner Apollonia

June 20, 2019

Sam Merrett believe his sail freight enterprise will help rebirth a regenerative river economy in the Hudson Valley and connect people to the river in meaningful ways.

DISTRIBUTION

Susan Arterian Chang

Tianna Kennedy,  Star Route Farm & 607 CSA

April 23, 2019

Tianna Kennedy talks about her experiences as a farmer and CSA operator, the farm to table movement, and the power of farmer collaboratives/cooperatives.

RURAL FARMING & DISTRIBUTION

Mark Phillips

Connor Stedman, Appleseed Permaculture & Terra Genesis

April 10, 2019

Connor reflects on the challenge of  farm land access and the need for better ways to help farmer's engage in climate change solutions.

FARMLAND MANAGEMENT

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Susan Arterian Chang

MARTIN PING, HAWthORNE VALLEY

February 22, 2019

 The growth of a sustainable and truly regenerative regional food system requires that we re-value and redefine our relationships to one another and the land.

RURAL FARMING & CULTURE

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Susan Arterian Chang

Joseph, MAPLE HILL CREAMERY & Van Amburgh, DHARMA LEA FARM

March 28, 2019

Tim Joseph and Phyllis Van Ambergh remind us that regenerative agriculture is about nurturing healthy soil and why that should matter to everyone.

GRASS-FED DAIRY AND PROCESSING

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Susan Arterian Chang

Kate Galassi, Hudson Valley Harvest 

April 2, 2019

Kate believes the traditional distribution model—as long as it stays true to regenerative values—is the most sustainable way to grow the regional food business.

DISTRIBUTION

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