First Ever Rondout Valley Growers Association Farm Tour

Real Estate Agent with Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty

Sat and Sun, July 26 and 27, 2008

 Meet the farmers who put the local in locally grown

Join the Rondout Valley Grower's Association on July 26 and 27 for a weekend-long self-guiding tour of local farms. Enjoy spectacular scenery, sample farm-grown products, while learning about the rich agricultural heritage of this special region.

 Farms will provide workshops or demonstrations three times daily; tour guests receive a workshop schedule, informational brochure about each farm and coupons for local restaurants and bed & breakfasts.

 Featuring classes or demonstrations all weekend long at:

§     Gill Corn Farms  Experience a real corn harvest from a hay wagon pulled alongside a modern day corn harvester.

§     Five Springs Farm  Learn about bees and the art of beekeeping.

§     Davenport Farms  Learn what goes into raising vegetables from farm to fork at this full-scale vegetable operation.

§     Westwind Organic Orchard  Discover the trials and tribulations of growing organic apples in the Rondout Valley.

§     Rusty Plough Farm  Learn about their unique CSA/buying club model, and how to grow healthy plants via healthy soils and management of the surrounding habitat.

§     Duchess Farm  Learn about making rich compost from horse manure mixed with topsoil for garden at this state of the art equestrian facility.

§     Country Flowers  A greenhouse tour and demonstration of bedding plant propagation.

§     Catskill Native Nursery  Become an ecological gardener and turn your property into a beautiful, bio-diverse haven for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and small mammals.

§     Hasbrouck Farms  A large selection of antique farming equipment and hand tools along with the RVGA's walk-through historical farming exhibit.


Stay with us the whole weekend and receive discounts at Baker's Bed & Breakfast, The Lock Tender's House, The Sheeley House Bed & Breakfast, Sparrow Hawk Bed & Breakfast, and 1712 House. 

Aroma Thyme Bistro, DePuy Canal House, Friends and Family ll Hillside Restaurant, High Falls Café, Northern Spy Cafe, and Oscar Restaurant use Rondout Valley products on their menu and offer discounts to all Farm Tour participants.


About the Rondout Valley Grower's Association:

The Rondout Valley is a fertile floodplain stretching from Kingston to Ellenville that was in active agriculture since before the first European settlers arrived. As issues with food safety and costs of transporting food escalate, locally grown food becomes increasingly important.  RVGA's richly diverse membership works to keep our community viable and profitable, protect open space, and encourage community awareness and education through programs and activities that reinforce the connections between people and agriculture, which nurture, inspire, and engage.


To purchase tickets or learn more, go  

The Farm Tour was made possible by grants from The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Watershed Agricultural Council and NYC DEP. All monies raised from this event go directly to support the Rondout Valley Growers Association.


Link to purchase tickets:

Linda Emanuele

Sorry we missed this. Hope to get notification next year. We would have loved this.


Dr. and Mrs.Stephen Emanuele

1569 Beaverkill Road, Lew Beach, NY 12758



Aug 07, 2008 11:49 PM