Joining Forces to Support Hudson Valley Farmers
The Hudson Valley is a premier place for farmers and sustainable agriculture professionals to learn their trade. We are lucky that over the last decade, many organizations have built programming to support the professional development of a new generation of farmers. In fact, no fewer than 10 nonprofits from NYC to Albany have some type of programming that aims to train farmers.
Even though we organizations share a common goal, sometimes we duplicate each others’ work, instead of build on it. Or sometimes we lack the resources or the mandate to ask the really big questions; instead staying focused on what we know we can accomplish on our own. And too often we simply stay siloed, which keeps us from the more creative ideas, equitable solutions and lasting results that would come from collaboration.
But true collaboration is hard: it takes time, resources and commitment. In recognition of that, several of the organizations that train farmers in the Hudson Valley are launching a project to build a Hudson Valley Farmer Training Collaborative (“HVFTC” or the “Collaborative”) so that the organizations who train farmers in the Hudson Valley can:
Better coordinate to leverage strengths and strategize collaboratively.
More effectively understand the outcomes of current efforts to train new and beginning farmers; and
Work towards collective impact that exceeds the sum of our parts.
With initial involvement from Glynwood, Hawthorne Valley, GrowNYC, Hudson Valley Farm Hub, and Stone Barns, The HVFTC will be working in the near term to identify other stakeholders and partners in this work. The steering committee of the HVFTC has begun identifying near-term activities and long-term outcomes, and welcomes feedback and input from others whose efforts touch on or are affected by this work.
Over the next year, the HVFTC will work to:
Craft a shared narrative and vision for the HVFTC.
Strengthen existing collaborations and increase capacity to meet future farmer training goals in the region.
Develop a framework for measuring collective impact that ensures the work promotes equity, access and inclusion in the regional food system.
Conduct research on barriers to collective impact.
Design and explore implementation of possible collaborative initiatives to address research findings and work towards collective impact.
This project is made possible thanks to the support of The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, The Shachar Foundation, and generous individual supporters.
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