Supporting Farmers and Farmworkers: Spring Forum at Mohonk

The 2019 Mohonk Consultations spring forum, “Supporting Farmers and Farm Workers in the Hudson Valley,” will take place on Sunday, April 7. (Phil Mansfield Photography)

The 2019 Mohonk Consultations spring forum, “Supporting Farmers and Farm Workers in the Hudson Valley,” will take place on Sunday, April 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parlor at Mohonk Mountain House. This interactive forum will invite participants to collaborate in seeking ways to support sustainable and just farming in the Hudson Valley. Under the theme, “Better Together,” the event will highlight current resources and generate possibilities for complementary or new ones for both farmers and farm workers. 

The forum will build on insights gained from Mohonk Consultations’ November 2018 conference, “Pastures of Plenty? Food, Justice and Labor in the Hudson Valley,” which focused on the experiences of regional farm workers. It will draw on the perspectives and experience of a diverse panel of local farmers, farmworkers and organizations that support them, including: Tod Erling, Executive Director, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC); Matt Igoe, Hudson Valley Duck Farm; Kira Kinney, Evolutionary Organics CSA; Kevin Terr, co-owner, Red Barn Produce; Richard Witt, Rural & Migrant Ministry; Maryellen Whittington-Couse, Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Program at SUNY New Paltz. 

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 Following the panel discussion, all participants will engage in a creative brainstorming session with the goal of identifying concrete actions and new resources that could benefit both farmers and farm workers while strengthening local farms’ long-term viability. 

Advance Registration is $25/regular and $15/student (limited number) and includes afternoon coffee, tea and cookies: online at https://mohonk-consultations.org/2019-spring-forum/ or send a check to Mohonk Consultations, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, payable to Mohonk Consultations.

For more information please visit https://mohonkconsultations.org/. 

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