About Hawthorne Valley
Hawthorne Valley Farm (est. 1972) is a diversified, 900-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic® farm (Demeter remains the oldest ecological certification organization in the world) in upstate New York. Their farm is also USDA certified organic and Animal Welfare Approved. Learn more about these certifications here.
By definition, Biodynamic is a comprehensive form of organic farming that heals the planet through regenerative agriculture.
Sustainable farming means healthy farms. Biodynamic farming is a regenerative approach that emphasizes self-sustainability.
Wholesome food means healthy people. Biodynamic farmers never use GMOs, synthetic chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides.
Holistic stewardship means a healthy planet. Biodynamic farms integrate plants, animals, water, air and soil into a regulating ecosystem.
Hawthorne Valley currently has about 14 acres in vegetable production. Their two-acre Agawamuck 12 Star Fields (formerly Corner Garden) supplies the farm store, and feeds the children at their Waldorf School and those attending our Farm Camps and Visiting Students Program. The other 12 acres supply our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, as well as their Greenmarket and Farmers Market booths in New York City and the Hudson Valley. In addition, they grow about 60 acres of Biodynamic grain – 15 acres of rye for their bakery, and an additional 45 acres of triticale, spelt, barley and oats for livestock feed.
The remaining acreage is a combination of forests and fields that support our dairy herd by providing grass for their nourishment. In turn, the herd provides the ‘black gold’ (manure) for their compost which fertilizes and builds the health of the soil. As an added bonus, the herd produces roughly 1,000 pounds of milk a day on average – that amounts to about 45,625 gallons per year! They sell the milk in their store and use it to produce cheese, yogurt, probiotic smoothies, buttermilk and quark in their creamery.