About

Hawthorne Valley is a place to rediscover our connection to nature, to how the food that we eat every day is produced, and to ourselves as participants in a dynamic social and natural ecosystem. Through the active production of food, educational programs for children and adults, ongoing social and scientific research, and the cultivation of a vibrant artistic community, we pursue a modern way of living embedded deeply in the natural world and emphasizing the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Our integrated learning campus sits in a 700-acre Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm in Ghent, NY, in the Hudson Valley’s scenic Columbia County. Organized since 1972 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our initiatives include: an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; a biodynamic creamery, organic bakery, and fermentation cellar; a 300-plus member Biodynamic CSA; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives and more.

Our work is based on genuine human relationships, wonder and love of nature, and continued commitment to self-development and lifelong learning in a social context. Visitors welcome!

Values

Hawthorne Valley Association is committed to:

  • Basic Human Rights
  • Cultural Freedom
  • Economic Justice
  • Sensitive Land Stewardship
  • Healthy Food Production
  • Excellence and Balance in Education
  • Diversity
  • Tolerance
  • Collaboration