Register NOW for Summer Institute 'From the Ground Up' Farms and Food

Hyde Park, NY – Educators throughout the Hudson Valley are invited to discover new and innovative ways to use the region’s culture, history, and future at Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up. A conference to be held July 29-31 at the Wallace Education Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park.

The keynote address, Educating our Next Generation to Eat with Consciousness, features Pam Koch, associate professor of nutrition education and executive director, Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University. Koch also will lead a workshop called Empowered Eaters: Making Connections through Food & Nutrition Education

Other featured presentations include: Farming in the Valley Today and, Climate Change and Agriculture: No Longer Business as Usual and more than 15 workshops including Breaking Old Ground: A History of Hudson Valley Agriculture and Growing Curriculum: Creating School Gardens.

On the second day of the institute, participants will choose one of four in-depth field experiences incorporating tours, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on activities to explore a specific aspect of food or farming in the Hudson Valley:

  • Cropsey Community Farm – an introduction to the farm, the intersection of suburbia and agriculture, a food truck lunch, and more. New City, Rockland County.
  • Food Arts in Albany – take a cooking class with chef and blogger, Deanna Fox, followed by sketching and instruction with Carol Coogan, artist and illustrator.
  • Our Ecosystem, Our Health: Exploring School and Community Gardens – visit urban gardens at schools and neighborhoods in Poughkeepsie and get ideas for starting, planning, and maintaining your own.
  • The Scoop on Dirt: Soil, Farming, & History – learn about the complexities of farming past and present. Roxbury Farm and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook, Columbia County.


While Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up was developed for K-12 teachers and educators at historic sites, museums, and parks, anyone interested in the subject matter is encouraged to participate. Registration is now open. To get your choice of field experiences and the best rate, please register by July 18. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit THV’s website. Registration is $115 for all three days, $80 for two days, and $40 for a single day. There is a supplemental charge for some field experiences.

Related Links: Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition         Hudson River Estuary Program       National Young Farmers Coalition

THV is a program of Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area & Greenway Conservancy | Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites/National Park Service | Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation | Hudson River Valley Institute/Marist College. Additional Institute sponsors include the FDR Presidential Library/ National Archives & Records Administration, and Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association.