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.

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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

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Julian McKinley

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September 12, 2019

Maggie Gray,
Food Justice Writer

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 

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Robert Raymond

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September 11, 2019

Suzanne Adely, the Food Chain Workers Alliance

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

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Robert Raymond

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August 18, 2019

Elizabeth Henderson, the Agricultural Justice PROJECT

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

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Robert Ramin Raymond

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June 20, 2019

Sam Merrett,
Schooner Apollonia

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

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Susan Arterian Chang

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April 23, 2019

Tianna Kennedy,  Star Route Farm & 607 CSA

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

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Susan Arterian Chang

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April 10, 2019

Connor Stedman, Appleseed Permaculture & Terra Genesis

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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Mark Phillips

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February 22, 2019

MARTIN PING, HAWthORNE VALLEY

 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

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March 28, 2019

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

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

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April 2, 2019

Kate Galassi, Hudson Valley Harvest 

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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Susan Arterian Chang

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March 18, 2020

As a pollinator conservation specialist with the Xerces Society and a partner biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kelly Gill helps farmers design habitats for beneficial insects that contribute to the health, productivity, and economic value of agricultural systems.  

FARMLAND MANAGEMENT & POLICY

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Susan Arterian Chang

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October 1, 2019

Jonah Fertig-Burd, CDI's Cooperative Systems Program

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 

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Robert Raymond

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September 12, 2019

Sophie Ackoff, the National Young Farmers Coalition

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

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Lisa Held

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June 29, 2019

Marissa Codey, Columbia Land Conservancy

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

FARMLAND ACCESS

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Susan Arterian Chang

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May 16, 2019

CHRIS CASHEN, The Farm at Miller’s Crossing

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

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Susan Arterian Chang

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April 15, 2019

Laura Edwards-Orr, 
Red Tomato

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

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Mark Phillips

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April 24, 2019

Noah SheetZ,  
ChefS' consortium

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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Susan Arterian Chang

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April 15, 2019

Sarah Simon, Common Ground Farm

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

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Javier Gomez

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March 28, 2019

Omari WAshington, HUDSON VALLEY SEED

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

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Javier Gomez

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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

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Susan Arterian Chang

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September 11, 2019

Erica Goodman, American Farmland Trust

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

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Lisa Held

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August 18, 2019

Qiana Mickie, 
Just Foods

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

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Lisa Held

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June 21, 2019

Kevin Egolf,
Local Farms Fund

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

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Kevin Irby

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April 23, 2019

Greene & Kaufman,
Propagate Ventures

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 

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Mark Phillips

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April 22, 2019

June Russell, 
GROWNYC GRAIN PROJECT

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

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Mark Phillips

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April 15, 2019

Wes Hannah and Bryn Roshong, Solid Ground Farm

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

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Mark Phillips

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March 28,2019

Michael Waterman, CANOPY HOLDINGS

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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Susan Arterian Chang

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March 28, 2019

Stiles Renee Najac, CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

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

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Javier Gomez