Rob Dougherty, Sullivan County Farms
Sara Grady, Glynwood Center & Hudson Valley Cider Route
Joel Elder, Tuthilltown Spirits
Erin Fairbanks, No Goat Left Behind & Heritage Radio Network
Lissa Harris and Julia Reischel, Watershed Post
Nicole Day, the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship
Larry Althiser, Larry's Custom Meats
Dennis Derryck, Corbin Hill Farm
New elements of this year's event include a Food Hub Listening Session and curbside consulting. During the curbside consulting session, guidance on business and marketing topics will be offered through one-on-one sessions on a dozen topics with regional specialists.
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is starting a project to research and develop food distribution infrastructure, such as food hubs, to help farmers bring their products to market. Input from farmers, wholesale and retail businesses and others along the food value chain will be critical. During the Food Hub listening session, participants will share their challenges in food distribution, infrastructure resources and needs in the region, and opportunities for collaboration or other improvements.