Adapting to New Farming Realities

by Spencer Fenniman, Director of Farm Operations An aerial view of Hawthorne Valley this spring, including greenhouses, barn yard, several pastures, the Place Based Learning Center’s Children’s Garden (middle of photo), and the Corner Garden (upper right)...

From the Archives: The Farm through the Year

by Judith Madey This article was written by Judith Madey, Greenmarket staff and former farm apprentice, for the 25th anniversary celebration of Hawthorne Valley in 1997. She describes the seasonal rhythms of the farm, some of which has remained the same in the last 25...

Renewal and Reimagining

By John Bloom, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America John Bloom’s connection to Hawthorne Valley spans decades. Over the course of many years, through his work with RSF Social Finance (formerly the Rudolf Steiner Foundation), John has advised...

Growing in 2020: Part 2

This is the second installment of our two-part series, Growing in 2020, as two of our women farmers reflect on their experiences working throughout the pandemic. To read Part 1 written by Jess Brobst, Dairy Herd Manager, click here. Therapy and Privilege in the...

Growing in 2020: Part 1

During this slow time on the farm, as the ground rests under the winter snow, the animals relax in the barns, and planning and preparation for next growing season commences, we asked two of our women farmers to reflect on what it is like to farm in the midst of the...

Celebrating 50 Years

When the founders started Hawthorne Valley 50 years ago, they did so with a hope—a hope that this new project would turn into a place that would allow people, young and old, to reconnect with the natural world. Henry and Christy Barnes, Fentress and Hede Gardner, Karl...