- Grant Helps City Schools get Food Right from Farms
With help from a federal grant, the Poughkeepsie City School District added several new items to its menu, after taste-testing by students and help with recipe development from the Culinary Institute of America.
The district received a $100,000 farm-to-school grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said Al Muhlnickel, food service director for the district.
Funding to create specialty crop insurance and additional grants for farm-to-school programs are two parts of the new farm bill, passed earlier this year, that should help local farmers and residents, said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring.
The farm-to-school grants, which must be applied for, help schools that win the grants set up the infrastructure needed to source some of their cafeteria food from local farms.
- County and Capital Region Prosper in 2013 Awards
Columbia County had several big winners when Gov. Cuomo’s 2013 Regional Economic Development Awards were announced Wednesday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo created the program three years ago in order to increase business and competitiveness in the various regions of the state. This year $715.9 million in economic development funds were given out to 824 projects in the state’s 10 regions.
- Edible Hudson Valley Recognizes HVADC & Hudson Valley Bounty as a Local Hero!
Edible Hudson Valley is proud to present its 2013 Local Hero Awards. Selected last fall by Edible Hudson Valley readers in an online readers’ choice poll, the winners were chosen for their exemplary work and dedication in serving and sustaining the region’s local food and farming community. The list of winners, along with their individual stories, appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Edible Hudson Valley magazine, available now.
- Dairy Farmer and HVADC Board Member Eric Ooms Comments on Failure to Approve Farm Bill
WASHINGTON — Dairy farmers face a fiscal cliff of their own if Congress fails to approve a farm bill or extend the current one before the end of the year.
“The honest answer is there’s lots of uncertainty now, and nobody likes uncertainty,” said Eric Ooms, who milks 450 cows along with his father and two brothers on a farm near Kinderhook.
- Extending Local Farm to Table Distribution
Extending Local Farm to Table Distribution
HUDSON, NY — October 31, 2012 — Until recently, Ken Migliorelli, from Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli, has not had the ability to produce value added products from his own produce and sell them to local buyers in the New York City Greenmarket.
“For years I had been trying to find ways to add value to my farm and bring more products to my NYC customers. The creation of Farm to Table Co-packers has allowed me to grow a whole line of Migliorelli Farm products, including tomato juice, tomato sauce, apple sauce and frozen vegetables. Farm to Table Co-packers is an important asset to my farm and to farms in the region,” Migliorelli explains.
Hard work from a number of groups and some investment capital has allowed Migliorelli and other local producers to expand product lines, create new products and to meet the growing demand for more local products. Today, the USDA-certified 30,000 square food processing facility on the site of a former IBM facility in Kingston serves over 60 local farms and 45 private label food companies.
- Regional Council Unveils 5 Year Plan
HVADC’s Executive Director. Todd Erling, participated in the Capital Region Economic Development Council efforts to develop a 5 year strategy. Mr. Erling’s successfully advocated for the inclusion of agriculture and related food business industries into the conversation and ultimately the final plan.
- Hudson Valley Bounty’s “The Art of Local” Event Showcases Wines, Brews, Cheeses And More
Rhinebeck, NY – May 13, 2011 – This Father’s Day, the Hudson Valley Bounty brings “The Art of Local” tasting event to the Rhinebeck area. Showcasing the craftsmanship of local food artisans, the June 19th event is a great opportunity to treat Dad to tastings from local specialty makers of artisan cheese, beer, wine, vodka, whiskey and bourbon.
- HVADC releases primer on Understanding Food Systems: Identifying Business Opportunities for Hudson Valley Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs
Hudson, NY – Growth in direct market agricultural sales continues in the Hudson Valley, even as the general economy has slowed. This growth, combined with an expansion in food related start-up businesses such as Farm to Table Co-Packers in Kingston, NY who froze over 150,000 lbs of local produce and made over 200,000 jars filled with local produce in the first few months of operation highlights a resurgence in the Region’s agribusiness cluster.
Sustaining this trend in the Valley is critical to both farmers and food consumers alike, and a key motivation for the release of “Understanding Food Systems: Identifying Business Opportunities for Hudson Valley Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs.”
- What’s new in the business scene?
February 22, 2011
IDA supports agri-business initiative — The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously at its recent meeting to approve a $25,000 grant to the Hudson Valley Agricultural Development Corp. The IDA is a public authority governed by a seven-member board appointed by the county Legislature. It provides tax incentives, [...]
- GROWTH INDUSTRY: Agriculture helps region’s economy
Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011
By ARIEL ZANGLA-GIRARD
ECONOMIC development has not traditionally focused on agriculture and the needs of farmers, but one group in the Hudson Valley has been working for several years to fill that gap and help make farming viable.
Formed in 2006, the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp. has [...]