Hawthorne Valley Farm
Hawthorne Valley Farm is a 400-acre, diversified Biodynamic® farm
nestled in the hills of the Taconic Range in Columbia County, New York, and is part of the
Hawthorne Valley Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to agriculture,
education, and the arts. Other branches of the Association include a kindergarten through
twelfth grade Waldorf School, the Adonis Press (publishers of books on Goethean science
and other selected titles), and the Visiting Students Program, which brings children from
schools throughout the Northeast to spend a week on the Farm.
The Farm is virtually self-sufficient, relying on its own feeds, manure, and compost. In
keeping with the tenets of Biodynamic® farming, which treats the land as a living
organism, no fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are used.
The Farm is comprised of several different departments, all of which operate under
the Farm's common management structure. The Farm, Dairy, Green Market, Community
Supported Agriculture program, Bakery, and Farm Store work together toward attaining
Hawthorne Valley Farm's vision of "nurturing the land that nourishes us."
Hawthorne Valley Farm actively works with a number of other growers to insure that
CSA members receive the highest quality and widest variety of vegetables in the weekly
share. Most of these other growers are certified organic growers who provide the
vegetables that Hawthorne Valley Farm finds difficult to grow on its soil. Corn is grown by
Kinderhook Creek farm, also a neighboring grower, although not an organic farmer.
To learn more about Hawthorne Valley Farm and Biodynamic farming, please visit www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org
photo courtesy of Hawthorne Valley Farm