New Farmer Narrative Project

The New Farmer Narrative Project is driven by stories. There is a dominant understanding of the state of agriculture as a vocation in decline, but there is a new story to be told. There are new farms sprouting up all over the country, and this is especially true in Columbia County. Through a set of interviews and surveys with people who have started farms in the last ten years, this project portrays new journeys into agriculture.

Journeys Into Farming Exhibit

To date, this project has been primarily presented through the Journeys Into Farming exhibit.  This traveling 17-panel exhibit  profiles 20 new Columbia County farmers.  Through photographs of the farmers and their land, and through storytelling in the farmers' own words, you can follow each of their journeys into farming.  To see panels from this exhibit, scroll down and click on the "Profile" link under each new farm. 

The exhibit also includes a general overview of new farms based on survey results, and a map of new farms in Columbia County.  The map is continously being revised as we discover more new farms in the County - let us know if you know of new farms that were started within the last 10 years in Columbia County that we have not yet included. 

The exhibit was on display at 9 different venues throughout the County this past spring and summer, and will now be used as an educational tool with local schools.  If you'd like to inquire about the exhibit visiting a school or other venue, please email project coordinator Anna Duhon

To download the full exhibit as one file, click HERE (Note: This file is 305 MB)

The exhibit features the following 14 new farms:

Blue Star Farm
Sue Decker

Location: Stuyvesant, NY
Products: Vegetables, tree fruit, small fruits, herbs, value-added products, and cut flowers.
First Year: 2010
Land Base: 14 acres
Markets: Farmers’ markets (Hudson and Red Barn Roadside Market), restaurants, local retail outlets, and other wholesale accounts.
Web: http://www.bluestarfarmny.com/

Blue Star Farm Profile



Climbing Tree Farm
Schuyler and Colby Gail

Location: New Lebanon, NY
Products: Pork, poultry, lamb and eggs
First Year: 2005; new land in 2011
Land Base: 20 acres
Markets: Lebanon Valley Farmers’ Market and supplying local restaurants and markets

Climbing Tree Farm Profile

Ben and Kimberly Peacock

Common Hands Farm
Dan McManus & Tess Parker

Location: Hudson, NY
Products: Vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and flowers
First Year: 2011
Land Base: 3-4 acres
Markets: Local farmers’ markets (Philmont, Chatham, Red Barn Roadside Market, 347 Warren St. in Hudson), CSA pickups at those markets and in NYC, and wholesale to Field Goods
Web: http://commonhands.wordpress.com/

Common Hands Farm Profile
Dan McManus and Tess Parker
Cool Whisper Farm
Matt and Lisa Schober

Location: Hillsdale, NY
Products:  Beef, pork, chicken
First Year: 2001
Land Base: 148 acres
Markets: On-farm "country store" and restaurants

Cool Whisper Farm Profile

Matt and Lisa Schober
Cowberry Crossing Farm
Cecile and Richard Harrison

Location: Claverack, NY
Products: Organic & biodynamic vegetables, herbs, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, wool and starts
First Year: 2002
Land Base: 340 acres
Markets: Farmers' markets
Web: http://www.cowberrycrossingfarm.com/

Cowberry Crossing Farm Profile
Cecile Harrison
Full Field Farm
Mike and Michele Kowalski

Location: North Chatham, NY
Products: Beef, pork and chicken
First Year: 2011
Land Base: 100 acres
Markets: Local farmers' markets and CSA
Web: http://fullfieldfarm.com/

Full Field Farm Profile
Mike and Michele Kowalski
Hand Hollow Farm
Ellen Poggi and Lauren Bonn

Location: New Lebanon, NY
Products: Vegetables, maple syrup
First Year: 2008
Land Base: 3 acres
Markets: CSA with on-farm pickup; Lebanon Valley Farmers’ Market
Web: http://handhollowfarm.wordpress.com/

Hand Hollow Farm Profile
Ellen Poggi
Lineage Farm
Jon Ronsani

Location: Claverack, NY
Products: Vegetables
First Year: 2011
Land Base: 5 acres
Markets: CSA with on-farm pickup; Lebanon Valley Farmers’ Market
Web: http://www.lineagefarmcsa.com/

Lineage Farm Profile
Jon Ronsani
New Leaf Farm
Mike Libsch

Location: Hillsdale, NY
Products: Vegetables, plants and cut flowers
First Year: 2011
Land Base: 1 1/2 acres
Markets: Farmers’ market (Delmar), farm stand (Sundays at 9030 Route 22, Hillsdale), CSA and restaurants
Web: http://newleaffarmny.blogspot.com/

New Leaf Farm Profile
Mike Libsch
Oakwood Farm
Judith Madey

Location: Craryville, NY
Products: Raw milk, beef and pork
First Year: 2006
Land Base: 80 acres (40 in pasture, 40 in woodland)
Markets: On-farm sale

Oakwood Farm Profile



Judith Madey
Pigasso Farm
Rob and Heather Kitchen

Location: Copake, NY
Products: Beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and eggs
First Year: 2004
Land Base: 41 acres
Markets: Farmers’ Markets (Hudson and the Red Barn Roadside Market), farm stand, restaurants, local retail outlets and wholesale
Web:  http://www.localharvest.org/pigasso-farms-M44564

Pigasso Farm Profile
Rob and Heather Kitchen
Sol Flower Farm
Andy Szymanowicz

Location: Ancramdale, NY
Products: Vegetables and flowers
First Year: 2007
Land Base: 10 acres
Markets: Markets: Farmers’ market (Millbrook), CSA with on-farm pickup, farm stand (Herondale) and local restaurants
Web: http://solflowerfarm.com/

Sol Flower Farm Profile
Andy Szymanowicz
Sparrowbush Farm
Ashley Loehr

Location: Livingston, NY
Products: Vegetables, herbs, eggs, pork
First Year: 2011
Land Base: 100 acres
Markets: Winter CSA, Hudson Farmers’ Market and local retail outlets
Web: http://sparrowbushfarm.com/

Sparrowbush Farm Profile
Ashley Loehr
Tousey Winery
Ben and Kimberly Peacock

Location: Clermont, NY
Products: Wine
First Year: 2009
Land Base: 10-15 acres
Markets: Tasting room, restaurants, and farmers’ markets: Kingston and Rhinebeck in the summer, Kingston and Red Hook in the winter
Web: http://www.touseywinery.com/

Tousey Winery Profile
Ben and Kimberly Peacock