Local farmers: “Hudson Valley Foodshed: Who's Doing the Work?”
Introduced by Thomas Bartscherer
Part of the ROSTRUM series, hosted by The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College languageandthinking.bard.edu/
Kaycee Wimbish of Awesome Farm, Ben Shute of Hearty Roots Farm, Derrick Mead of Mead Orchards, and
Ken Kleinpeter of Glynwood Farm spoke on the Bard campus on August 17th, 2010.
Young farmers face a particularly fierce confluence of obstacles as they work to start and sustain their farm operation here in the Hudson Valley, the headwaters of the capital of capital. Despite unprecedented demand for fresh, local, organic and gloriously colorful produce down in the city, in agriculture it is never a simple story of supply and demand. The complex set of relationships, processes and practices that play into the production of food are often overlooked in the glistening and glossy interface of "supermarket." This panel will help clue you in to the backstory of the food grown by people who live nearby, and daily work land visible from a highway you may drive on everyday. It aims to enhance food literacy and introduce young people who have chosen to 'be the change' astride a tractor, instead of in a cubicle at the UN.