Working Farms News


Saturday, May 3 2014, 9:00 am-2:00 pm;
Crellin Community Park
2940 Rt. 66, Chatham, NY

An opportunity for the community to come together to buy/ sell/ swap farm and garden related goods and services. Vendors are welcome to bring small-to-medium size livestock, farm and garden tools, light machinery, farm products, etc. All animals must be kept in secure pens or cages throughout the event. No animals over 50 lbs will be allowed without prior approval from the Town of Chatham. Event is held rain or shine. Free event, no admission or vendor’s fee.
To reserve a spot, call (518) 392 – 3262. For more information, click here to email.


Negotiating Land Access Workshop


Saturday, May 3 2014, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Carey Conference Center
Rensselaerville, NY

A training workshop for farmland-seekers and professionals that provides technical assistance about land and capital access and transition. Presented by the Agrarian Trust, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program, Carey Institute for Global Good, & Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship.
Come learn the essential skills of business communication and negotiation to navigate relationships with lenders, investors, partners, landowners, and neighbors. Join us for a training with experienced negotiation teachers Peter Glassman, Statewide Director of NYSAMP and  Charlotte Carter, Executive Director of NYSDRA hosted by Agrarian Trust, CADE and the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Suggested Donation – $20, includes lunch. Questions can be directed to AnnMarie.
To register, click here.


2014 Farm Bill changes for both the Farm Loans and Farm Programs for FSA, and changes to Farm Storage Facility loans

2014 Farm Bill Change
Farm Bill Customers
Small and Mid-Sized Farmers Talking Points, March 10 2014
Farm Storage Facility Loans, March 2014
FSA – FSFL Talking Points – Cleared by OC
FSFL Handling Equipment Example
VAPG FR 2014 NOFA Extension, March 25 2104


conserve a farm

If you are interested in selling farmland, if you are seeking to buy a farm, or if you are a real estate professional, we want to help. Ask us about our Conserve A Local Farm (CALF) Program!


Farming Our Future Conference


February 22, 2014, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville, NY


Succession planning is the topic of the upcoming FarmingOurFuture Conference. ”Succession” refers to farmers handing the reins to the next generation, or to the next farmers, and stories about succession from the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State region will be highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers. Rogers, an expert in the field of helping farmers move their operations into the future, began his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension before joining Farm Credit East, the number one financial services cooperative for the Northeast agricultural industry. He’s worked with more than 2,000 farm operators and owners on everything from family farms, to labor management, to funding.

Conference speakers will share practical strategies and some intriguing new concepts for ensuring that farms will continue to thrive in our region for many years to come. Workshops scheduled throughout the day will cover topics related to succession planning, bee-keeping (because bees are the best at succession planning), the restaurant-community link to locally produced food, farmer-training programs, and vital skills training for new farmers.

Morning refreshments, lunch, and snacks are provided with a $20 registration fee.

More Information
Register Online


Food Safety Letter-Writing Party

Apple Pie, Photo by Dan Parsons -

November 3, 2013, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Chaseholm Farm, 115 Chase Rd Pine Plains NY 12567

The Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition and Chaseholm Farm welcomed participants for an afternoon of letter writing action and end of season gathering.

This event was a chance to learn more about the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) and to submit comments about these rules to the FDA. It was a crucial and limited time in which the FDA accepted feedback before passing a final draft of the food safety rules which could then go into effect. These rules cover all aspects of produce farm operation – from testing of water and soil amendments, to training regimens to value-added activities. The rules have the potential to significantly impact operation cost and management strategies on all farms.

There were both detailed info about the FDA rules as well as people on hand who were able to answer questions and talk about how the rules might affect a farm. There were letter writing materials ready and all letters were collected and mailed the following week. Great food and beer were served (thanks to generous support from Farm Credit East!) and a warm kitchen and/or warm dairy barn in which we gathered and shared news from the summer, and our hopes and organizing possibilities for the upcoming winter.

During this process the FDA was only accepting personalized commentary on specific rules – no form letters or online petitions you can click to sign. Comments and concerns had to be submitted by November 15th.
You can find out more here and here.


Sail Freight to Stop in Hudson


October 14, 2013, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Hudson Water Front Park

A new project with Vermont Sail Freight sailed 15 tons of shelf-stable foods from family farms in Vermont and the Adirondacks for sale along the Hudson and down into NYC. The boat docked in Hudson for an event on October 14 from 3-6pm, and in Kingston for event Oct 17. Sail Freight’s mission is to revitalize our regional food economy through ongoing relationships with family farms and the sailing community, and to share the spoils of this integrated model with citizens all the way along the Champlain-Hudson supply chain.