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  • Hudson Valley Bounty member Hudson Street Cafe featured in The Valley Table Hudson Valley Bounty member Hudson Street Cafe featured in The Valley Table April 07, 2017

    Movin' On UpBy Colleen Stewart, The Valley Table DONNA HAMMOND CHOSE TO RELOCATE her much-loved Hudson Street Cafe to a completely different venue when her lease expired late last year. The new spot—a busy, commercial stretch of Rt. 52 in the Town of Newburgh—is a far cry from the quiet, sidewalk cafe-style setting of Cornwall-on-Hudson, but Hammond sees good things happening with the move.“I wanted it to be a really nice space, a space I could be proud of,” she says, adding that one significant change will be a beer and wine license that “will give us more opportunities to work with local producers, especially the breweries, wineries and cideries in the area. I am really looking forward to expanding our reach.”Hammond stresses her menu will remain unchanged, though she is looking to the new neighborhood to help her shape future menu decisions. (The most requested item thus far is the return of dinner service; the new, 50-seat dining room is currently open only for breakfast and lunch.) Why Newburgh? “After Mike Kelly opened Liberty Street Bistro right alongside other great spots like Ms. Fairfax, I realized they had found their niches,” she notes. “With this new location, I want to do the...

  • Black Magic, Hudson Valley’s Special Soil - Edible Hudson Valley Black Magic, Hudson Valley’s Special Soil - Edible Hudson Valley April 03, 2017

    BY ANISSE GROSS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAMON JACOBY | MARCH 20, 2017Edible Hudson Valley no. 33 Spring 2017Standing out here, you might not know you were just 90 minutes from Manhattan. Nestled in the heart of New York’s Orange County, the “Black Dirt Region” holds roughly 26,000 acres of the most fertile soil in the country. This miracle soil, black as night, is what remains of a glacial lake that melted 12,000 years ago. It’s illegal to sell and coveted by the farmers who understand its gifts.A DEEP DISCOVERYInitially called “The Drowned Lands,” the swampy bog left by the melted lake wasn’t utilized by the first wave of British and Dutch immigrants, because they were unaware that a gold mine of mineral-rich black dirt lay beneath. In her book about the region, Pride and Produce, Cheetah Haysom writes that around 1880, Polish and Volga German immigrants arrived and “recognized the swamp bed as chernozem, the dark, humus-rich soil of their own home country.” They drained the valley through a system of hand-dug ditches, revealing the black soil, transforming it into the fertile farming region it is today.Picture a bed of crushed Oreos. Jet black in color yet light in texture, the soil’s wow-factor is not...

  • Farming riskier under climate change - —University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science Farming riskier under climate change - —University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science April 03, 2017

    Scientists predict that farming as we know it will become more difficult.URBANA, Ill. — Scientists the world over are working to predict how climate change will affect our planet. It is an extremely complex puzzle with many moving parts, but a few patterns have been consistent, including the prediction that farming as we know it will become more difficult.Scientists infer the impact on agriculture based on predictions of rainfall, drought intensity, and weather volatility. Until now, however, the average farmer may not have been able to put predictions like these into practice. A new University of Illinois study puts climate change predictions in terms that farmers are used to: field working days.“Everything else flows from field working days,” says U of I and USDA Agricultural Research Service ecologist Adam Davis. “If you’re not able to work, everything else gets backed up. Workable days will determine the cultivars, the cropping system, and the types of pest management practices you can use. We’re simply asking, ‘Can you get in to plant your crop?'”In a previous study, the group developed models that reliably translated past climate data into field working days for Illinois. In the new study, they coupled those models with climate change...

  • Coalition supports Farm to Food Bank bill Coalition supports Farm to Food Bank bill March 24, 2017

    Bill would encourage greater donations of fresh, local food to New Yorkers A broad coalition of New York legislators, farmers, anti-hunger and environmental advocates asked Governor Cuomo to step up to the dinner plate and fund the Farm to Food Bank bill (S.1606/A.6192) in the final New York State budget. The group held a joint press conference on the bill at the Capitol in Albany.The bipartisan legislation, which has tremendous support in the legislature, would provide a refundable tax credit to farmers of 25% of the wholesale value of donated food up to $5,000 annually. The money would partially offset the costs of labor, packaging and transportation needed to get fresh food from the fields to regional food banks and pantries across the state to benefit New Yorkers in need.The legislation has twice passed both chambers of the legislature, led by the bill’s sponsors, Senator Funke and Assemblyman Moya, only to see it vetoed by the Governor. While he expressed support for the intent of the bill, the Governor’s main objection was that it was passed outside of the budget process. This year, the bill has once again passed the Senate in a bipartisan fashion, and it was included in both...

  • App helps assess disease severity App helps assess disease severity March 18, 2017

    'Estimate' connects you with a database of photographs of diseased leaves - ...

  • Apple Freeze Risk Tool Apple Freeze Risk Tool March 18, 2017

    Tool gives freeze warning for apple farmers who may want to take action....

  • Hudson Valley CSA Coalition & Hudson River Exchange launch CSA fairs in three regional cities; more to come Hudson Valley CSA Coalition & Hudson River Exchange launch CSA fairs in three regional cities; more to come March 17, 2017

    Spring is in the air! On the heels of this year’s CSA Sign-Up Day, a multi-faceted promotional campaign that served to launch the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, the Hudson River Exchange has announced a series of CSA fairs throughout the region, beginning on Saturday, March 18, in Hudson, NY.  ...

  • Hudson Valley Bounty member Raven & Boar featured in Edible Manhattan Hudson Valley Bounty member Raven & Boar featured in Edible Manhattan March 03, 2017

    Hudson Valley Bounty member Raven & Boar have a new cookbook! Take a look!...

  • State Joins Nine Pin Ciderworks for Annual Event to Promote New York Farm Cideries State Joins Nine Pin Ciderworks for Annual Event to Promote New York Farm Cideries February 20, 2017

    Hudson Valley Bounty member Samascott Orchards was the original apple supplier to Nine Pine Ciderworks. Happy third anniversary Nine Pin, from all of us at HVB!...

  • Back to the Future Farm, HVADC's Incubator Without Walls client, featured in Edible Manhattan. Back to the Future Farm, HVADC's Incubator Without Walls client, featured in Edible Manhattan. January 30, 2017

    Back to the Future Farm, HVADC's Incubator Without Walls client, featured in Edible Manhattan....

  • Food and Farm Business Accelerator (FFBA) Networking Event Food and Farm Business Accelerator (FFBA) Networking Event January 30, 2017

    In early January 2017, participants in the inaugural FFBA class met for a networking event to introduce them to possible business partners and mentors. ...

  • Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Good Food Awards! Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Good Food Awards! January 30, 2017

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Good Food Awards!...

  • New York Grown & Certified Funding Opportunities for Farmers New York Grown & Certified Funding Opportunities for Farmers December 23, 2016

    New York Grown & Certified Funding Opportunities for Farmers...

  • Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers to Buy Local Trees this Holiday Season Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers to Buy Local Trees this Holiday Season December 08, 2016

    $8 Million Economic Impact from New York's Christmas Tree IndustryThree Upstate Trees Selected to be Displayed in Albany and New York City...

  • First-come, First Serve; Free Energy Audits for Farms First-come, First Serve; Free Energy Audits for Farms December 08, 2016

    Energy costs are a big expense for New York farms, and figuring out how to reduce energy consumption through new energy efficiency and renewable technologies can be daunting.  But now farms can get a roadmap to energy savings by taking advantage of a limited offer from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA is now offering farms and on-farm producers free energy audits that provide recommendations for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy through the Agriculture Energy Audit Program (AEAP).  These free audits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the end of 2017. Finding out what can be done to reduce energy consumption is the first step.  Once you have your roadmap, Energize NY PACE financing can make recommended energy improvements affordable and cost effective.  Energize NY can finance up to 100% of the cost of recommended energy improvements over long terms up to 20 years at affordable interest rates.  Unlike traditional loan products, Energize NY PACE finance is repaid through an annual tax on the property tax bill which automatically transfers in the event that the farm is sold. Eligibility for PACE financing is not based on the standard credit measures, but rather on the...

  • Innovation Grows Local Food Economies in New York State Innovation Grows Local Food Economies in New York State October 14, 2016

    Consumers expect a lot from local food. They want it to be fresh, healthy and raised responsibly. They want it to be affordable and convenient. And, they want their purchase to support local farmers....

  • Westchester County Business Journal - Hudson Valley agency launches accelerator for region's food businesses Westchester County Business Journal - Hudson Valley agency launches accelerator for region's food businesses July 08, 2016

    A new agribusiness accelerator program wants to help farmers and food and drink entrepreneurs scale their businesses. ...

  • Edible Hudson Valley - Women on the Edge: The Virtues of Herb Farms Edible Hudson Valley - Women on the Edge: The Virtues of Herb Farms July 08, 2016

    In the preface to Euell Gibbon's seminal 1966 book, Stalking the Healthful Herbs, Elizabeth C. Hall, then the associate curator of education at the New York Botanical Garden, wrote: "In all parts of the world, native plants exist that possess or have been thought to possess virtues that appeal to the cook, the medicine man, and the witch doctor."...

  • Edible Hudson Valley - Applestone Meat Company: A Whole New Animal Edible Hudson Valley - Applestone Meat Company: A Whole New Animal July 08, 2016

    Joshua Applestone has been on the front lines of a revolution and lived to tell about it. When the former vegan and his wife, Jessica, opened Fleisher's Grass-Fed & Organic Meats in uptown Kingston in 2004, the concept of a shop that sold locally, humanely raised animals, broken down by expertly trained butchers, was revolutionary....

  • The Valley Table - Hudson Valley Vodka The Valley Table - Hudson Valley Vodka June 01, 2016

    In the United States, by legal definition vodka is "without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color," and domestic distillations of vodka are required to reach a minimum of 190 proof (95 percent alcohol)....