By ML Ball
Photographed by Steven Steele Cawman
We need a new food system. One that promotes biodiversity, social justice and sustainable land stewardship. That can mitigate climate change. That is accessible to all citizens, regardless of ethnicity, education or income status. Does such a system exist? Yes, at Glynwood.
Five miles outside of Cold Spring in the middle of Clarence Fahnestock State Park, this nationally recognized nonprofit is training the next generation of farmers in the practices of regenerative agriculture, believing that food grown and raised with the best soil-building and husbandry practices is fundamental for human health.
Fortunately for those of us living in the Hudson Valley, Glynwood’s methods are not only working but thriving.
Says Kathleen Finlay, Glynwood’s president, “The mission of Glynwood is to build and keep expanding the regional food system we’ve developed here in the Hudson Valley. There are many threats to that—development being a major one. The aging out of farmers is another. My charge is to amplify the impact of this organization, and at the same time, help other areas trying to create regional food systems to understand what we’re doing.”
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