Who We Are

Mission

    To cultivate social and economic equality in the local food system through dynamic, inclusive and creative collaborations across our diverse rural community.

    Goals

      We aim to promote systemic change in the development of a resilient local food system by prioritizing collaborations and partnerships around:

    • Consistently connecting farm surpluses to emergency food sites and community based organizations while closing the food loop through sustainable surplus redistribution.

    • Increasing regional capacity to improve accessibility and cultural appropriateness in the local food system.

    • Creating greater exposure to the valuable work of our local farmers.

    • Cultivating awareness of and capacity to change inequalities in the food system by directly engaging community members through opportunities for hands-on reciprocity and creating a county-wide network for resource, knowledge and wealth-sharing.

    Audrey Berman
    Audrey Berman, Co-Founder and Director

    Audrey spent three full seasons farming vegetables in Columbia and Dutchess Counties, and worked as a lead organizer throughout the Hudson Valley with the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition prior to starting Long Table Harvest. In 2015 she co-managed vegetable production at Letterbox Farm Collective in Hudson, and spent two seasons training and managing at Sisters Hill Farm. During the winter months, Audrey worked as project manager with The Greenhorns for four years. She is a lead organizer with the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, a new initiative created to increase the regional market for CSA farms. Audrey has an intimate knowledge of growing methods, seasonality, the workings of small farms as well as experience working with grassroots non-profit efforts focused on sustainable agriculture. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Architecture, where her work centered around creating shared spaces using food to facilitate meaningful connections.

    Heylan Tsumagari
    Heylan Tsumagari - Programs Support

    Heylan grew up in Red Hook, New York and left to study at Brooklyn College where she majored in medical anthropology. It is there where she harbored her passions for women's health and food justice. Heylan interned with the non-profit Just Food and apprenticed at Hawthorne Valley Farm, with their dairy herd and vegetable operation. She is truly looking forward to the good work and long days that summer brings. A couple of things Heylan is wholeheartedly grateful for: self-canned food in the winter, dried flowers, medicinal herbs, cicadas, swimming in waterfalls, sharing meals with people. and the sun!

    Laura Engelman
    Laura Engelman - Co-Founder

    In 2015, Laura worked with children and families in Hudson conducting farm and garden education through Hudson PROMISE Corps. She also coordinated efforts at the River City Garden, Hudson's multicultural and intergenerational community garden on Front Street. Prior to moving to Hudson, she ran a gleaning program in Washington state, where in 2013 she recovered 55,000 pounds of fresh produce from area farms and distributed that harvest to four food banks throughout the season. Laura is currently pursing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver.



    Advisory Board

    Claudia
    Claudia Abbott-Barish

    Claudia grew up in and around the Hudson Valley, returning at the start of 2013 to grow medicinal herbs on a small scale and with a vision to provide economically accessible herbal learning opportunities as well as fresh medicinal plants to the community. Having farmed and organized for over 10 years around issues of Food and Social Justice, Localized Resource Resilience and Food Security, Claudia has always and increasingly marveled at the capacity of individuals to produce and contribute to a collective abundance of food and medicine. She is propelled and inspired by the dynamism of the food system and the ways it can be improved to better support farmers and provide more families with fresh, accessible and nutrient-rich food.

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    Jabin Ahmed

    Jabin grew up in Hudson, NY and has always been passionate about the well-being and happiness of community. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of New England and anticipates graduation in 2018. Jabin plans to use her background in sociology, and art to bring about positive change both nationally and internationally. One of her many goals are to educate communities so that they are self-sustaining, and productive. She believes that female education is the catalyst for economic development and capital growth; and hopes to create programs that make it possible for women to pursue education in rural areas of the world. She is the current secretary for Akaduma Education fund in Sylhet, Bangladesh – a nonprofit sponsoring program that funds higher education of less fortunate children in a small village in Bangladesh. Currently she works as a Community Advocate for the REACH Center a program of The Mental Health Association for Columbia and Greene Counties Inc​. Jabin hopes to contribute to empowerment, positives change and happiness all throughout the ​world and in her backyard.

    Pamela Badila
    Pamela Badila, Perfect Ten After School

    Pamela is best known as the matriarch of the Badila clan, renowned for their family based production company, Diata Data International Folkloric Theatre, which she cofounded with husband Elombe. She now serves as Cultural and Artistic Director for Perfect Ten After School, and on the programming committee for the Hudson Area Library.

    Faith Gilbert
    Faith Gilbert, Letterbox Farm Collective

    Faith is a fourth-year farmer, researcher, and organizer. She manages vegetable production and acts as administrative lead for the Letterbox Farm team. In 2014, she published Cooperative Farming, a 50-page guidebook on forming and sustaining collaborative farm businesses. She has served as Interim Operations Manager for the Greenhorns, as Outreach Coordinator for Northeast Farm Access, and acts as volunteer organizer for her local farm community. She is a project leader for several initiatives in her local farm community, including a CSA coalition and local equipment sharing program.

    Joan Hunt
    Joan Hunt, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

    Joan is the Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) in Hudson, NY. The GHPN, a placed-based, cradle to career initiative modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, aims to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and build strong, vibrant communities. In 2011, Joan received her MSW from Hunter College in Community Organizing, Planning and Development and received her undergraduate degree from New York University, double majoring in Social Work and Africana Studies. As Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Joan has successfully built partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, elected officials, County agencies, municipalities, business, youth,families and more to address unmet needs in the Hudson community. Most recently, Joan and her team launched the Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (GHICIP), a partner in Osborne’s NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Joan is also an Adjunct Professor at Siena College and teaches at Greene Correctional Facility through Hudson Link.

    Sara Kendall
    Sara Kendall, Kite's Nest

    Sara is co-director and an educator at Kite's Nest, a community education organization for children and teenagers in Hudson, NY. She’s also pursuing an M.A. in geography and oral history at Concordia University. Previously, Sara was the founding station manager of WGXC: 90.7-FM, a community radio station and participatory media project serving Columbia and Greene Counties. In 2012, she also helped to launch the Oral History Summer School in Hudson, designed to train an international group of writers, media-makers, social workers and teachers to make use of oral history. In all of her work she is interested in the way cities change, in how people can participate in shaping their neighborhoods, and in supporting people of all ages to tell their own stories. Sara is interested in how our communities can be our classrooms, and how we can organize powerful movements for justice in the places we live.

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    Arlen Medina

    Arlen moved to the Hudson area from Pennsylvania 15 years ago. While living here she has worked as an Interpreter and Translator for the Columbia Health Department Outreach Program where she advocated health care and healthy living for migrant workers on area farms. She also worked at the Oakdale Youth Center in the summer where she promoted healthy eating through the menu offered to the kids. She currently works for the After School Program offered through the Mental Health Department while working as a teachers aide in the same school and continues to help the Spanish speaking community as a translator and interpreter.



    Super Volunteers

    Kate D'Onofrio
    Raeph Sanderson