Hepworth Farms, owned by Amy Hepworth, is a family farm passed through seven generations. It was established in 1818 in Milton, New York, and is currently operated by Amy, Gail Hepworth, and Gerry Greco. Hepworth farms is certified organic by NOFA-NY -- the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
In addition to their gourmet country market located in Athens, New York, Black Horse Farms has a lot going on behind-the-scenes. Their produce is grown on 800 acres of family farm in the Hudson Valley, and in their home farm in Coxsackie, they also have forty-two greenhouses in which all their plants are grown. Black Horse is owned by Chellie Apa and Lisa Buhrmaster.
Sue and Mark Decker started Blue Star Farm in 2009 in Stuyvesant, New York. They proudly grow 130 varieties of vegetables and herbs -- all herbicide and pesticide free. They are Certified Naturally Grown and undergo annual inspection to ensure they are compliant with CNG standards.
Hudson Valley Harvest gathers product from over fifty farms in the Hudson Valley and distributes to their customers, in the form of restaurants, grocery stores, markets. The motivation for HVH is increased accessibility to locally grown food. HVH also values transparency: the labels on their products depict which farm the food item came from, how far it traveled, and what was done to the product, so the consumer knows exactly what they are receiving. The beef from HVH is pasture-raised, did not come from any sort of feedlot, and they were not treated with preventative antibiotics or appetite stimulants.
Kinderhook Farm focuses on treating their animals right. The farm covers over 1,000 acres, and their animals live and graze in those pastures. Their cattle and sheep are not fed any grain, antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products, but instead live off a grass and legume diet. Kinderhook encourages visits to the farm, and they even offer lodging in their FarmStay barn. Kinderhook is animal welfare approved and is located in Ghent, New York.
Scooter the Calf and Sophie the Sheep - friends on Kinderhook Farm! Their friendship inspired a book: “Scooter and Sophie: a True Story” by Amy DeWeerd and Breanna Berger-Tzabar