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Hawthorne Valley Alumnus featured in Register Star

Hudson, NY—Hawthorne Valley Director of Farm Production Enterprises Andreas Schneider was featured in the Register Star this week for his innovative, growing kombucha company. Founded while Schneider was in grad school at George Washington School of Business, Capital Kombucha has become a rising star in the live food market.

Schneider, a Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School graduate, said he first became interested in kombucha through his farmer father Steffen Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm’s Director of Farm Operations, who would take the drink with him as he worked in the fields. In college, he began to make kombucha, a living, probiotic drink, in his kitchen as a healthy alternative to soda and other sugary drinks.

After partnering with two friends to perfect his recipe, Schneider was able to successfully launch Capital Kombucha, with a focus on using local, fair trade ingredients. Currently, they are the only kombucha carried by Trader Joe’s from Pennsylvania to Virginia.

A year and a half ago, Schneider moved back to Columbia County with his wife, Zoe, and their 2-year-old daughter, Kira, to take on management of Hawthorne Valley’s Farm Production Enterprises.

“I never thought I’d be back here, but starting this made me realize how special a place Hawthorne Valley is,” he said. “I can keep on working on the goals of healthy food and sustainable agriculture and link that to kombucha.”

To read the full article, please visit the Register Star’s website.