In 2017, people of Hudson and the surrounding area will be able to get their hands on our produce at local farmer's markets, and by signing up for weekly vegetable baskets through a CSA membership; As of 2018, at our farm stand and through work-exchange arrangement (weekly farm labor, or a specialized task).
A community farm where young farmers will grow a diversified selection of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs as well as raise poultry for the community. Ecological practices will be used to enhance food sovereignty, while offering educational and community building opportunities. We feel that such a project has the potential to respond to multiple needs in the community namely: local ecological agriculture/micro farming, access to locally grown quality produce, community integration, education, farmer succession, land stewardship, agricultural heritage preservation, economic development, eco-tourism, innovative solutions, community food security, and celebration of cultural assets and heritage.
The farm is a project of the Hudson Food Collective in collaboration with the town of Hudson. The Hudson Food Collective (HFC) got started in 2014 by a group of people getting together to talk about the food system in Hudson. It has since grown to become a registered non-profit with the mission to develop and support initiatives that build knowledge, skills and relationships around food that is ecological, healthy and just, to support a thriving local food economy. The organization now has five working groups and does a variety of events and workshops throughout the year. In 2017, the Hudson Food Collective launched the Hudson Community Farm to respond to the needs of the community. This all got started in the summer of 2016 through discussions within a town committee on how to inaugurate the strategic plan for Hudson for the next five years. With items on the agenda like micro organic farming and bringing more people to Hudson, the idea came about to use the fallow land owned by Hudson to start a farm to respond to these needs. That brings us to where we are now in the first year of this exciting initiative!