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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Glynwood and Open Space Institute Support Next Generation of Hudson Valley Farmers

Jul 03, 2014 01:49PM

Greg Miller Courtesy of the Open Space Institute

A landmark collaboration between the nonprofit agricultural organization Glynwood and the Open Space Institute (OSI) will help aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs to increase the number of farm businesses in the region. The Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator will provide the tools and resources that beginning farmers need to develop and manage viable enterprises in the Hudson Valley. It also helps to lay the foundation for up to 15 new sustainable food and farming businesses over the next five years.

“Glynwood and OSI are committed to realizing a thriving regional food system in the Hudson Valley,” says Glynwood President Kathleen Frith. “The creation of new agricultural enterprises is critical to our success in achieving this goal.”   

The Incubator aims to reduce the barriers to success for new farm businesses by providing access to land, housing, shared equipment, infrastructure, low-interest capital, business mentoring and training in sustainable farming practices. It’s designed to provide comprehensive support for the specific needs of farmers operating in the unique agricultural setting and market conditions of the Hudson Valley. The Incubator is located on an 856-acre parcel of land acquired by OSI in 2011 on the eastern escarpment of the Shawangunk Ridge outside of New Paltz.

Glynwood is located in Cold Spring, NY, and works to ensure that farming thrives in the Hudson Valley by farming, training farmers, empowering farm communities, promoting regional food and fostering collaboration. OSI protects scenic, natural and historic landscapes for public enjoyment and to conserve habitat and sustain communities.

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