Hawthorne Valley Farm
Join us in the Hudson Valley region of New York for a week of farming, learning and building community, with a focus on land access and food justice. This week-long farm experience is part of the Climate Farm School learning program.
About the farm
Hawthorne Valley Farm is a non-profit farm with a variety of educational and farming activities onsite. The farm hosts a K-12 Waldorf school onsite, as well as farmer training programs, a farm store, art center, and a farmscape ecology program. The farm offers a dairy and meat products, and is a great example of a small-scale organic dairy, an increasingly rare farming business threatened by farm consolidation and industrialized farming.
The Hudson Valley course is a collaboration of host farms coming together to offer an enriching and diversified farm learning experience. The course features visits to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Stone House Grains, and Arthur’s Point Farm.
Participants will learn from Spencer Fenniman, Farming Director, as well as various members of the vegetable, dairy, and farmscape ecology teams. Spencer brings deep knowledge of organic and biodynamic farming practices, and will share a holistic view of the operations taking places on the land as well as the land’s history dating back to pre-colonial times.
Glimpses from the farm
Prepare to get your hands dirty with a wide range of activities offered at the farm.
Farming and forestry
Food and cooking
Pricing and expected commitment
US $2400 – $3500
*Pricing varies based on lodging. For this course, the range is $2400-3500. Exact details are provided in the application form and follow up communication to applicants.
Hear from Climate Farm School fellows
"This is the way to do it for anyone who wants to learn about Farming and Climate because this isn't a boutique experience. Instead, the time spent with farmers shows the real side of farming and how weather and climate affect the farms and farmers. In addition, Ryan and Laney were excellent facilitators who balanced educating the group with listening and learning."
"The Climate Farm School was an amazing, life-changing experience! Based on what I learned, I'm building new relationships with my local farmers, food systems, and policy. Also, my fellow classmates were diverse and an incredible set of voices that I loved talking with. We became very close."
"If you have never purchased a big ticket course before, then you are in the exact same boat that I was in before attending this course. I am only two days out of the course, and the context that I have been able to spin up from the massive value I derived out of the on site week in the Hudson Valley has already proven its worth. I cannot wait to see the changes that I am able to create in sustainable agriculture as a result of this course."
"The course was perfectly designed with initial content and information leading up to the immersive farm stay. I felt informed and inspired while meeting with a diversity of farmers with an array of considerations in regenerative agriculture. I left the farm week feeling inspired and energized. The group in the Hudson Valley was very diverse from different cultural and professional backgrounds. Incredible experience all around!!"
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