We are a community of growers, makers and visionaries committed to celebrating, studying and exploring the rich history of food, agriculture and craft of the Hudson Valley while boldly imagining the future. Fiercely dedicated to saving farms, creating community, uplifting the hands that grow our food and preserving our planet, Hudson Valley Center for Food, Culture & Agriculture at Stone Ridge Orchard is at the forefront of the next generation of farming, preserving the rich traditions of our past while looking cleareyed into the future.
Founding farmer Elizabeth Seton Ryan has been fighting the fight for agriculture and the many cultures that have supported the industry since her days at Cornell University where she received her degree in pomology in the 1970’s. She went on to become one of the founding GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers, receive the Cornucopia award from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and a Smithsonian Fellow.
Hailed as a culture preservationist, fierce advocate for family farms and vanguard of ecology, she now helms six farms in Ulster and Dutchess County united by the nonprofit The Center For Hudson Valley Food, Culture and Agriculture.