Hawthorne Valley

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Ghent, NY, United States


Ghent, NY, United States


Ms Heather Gibbons
Hawthorne Valley Association
327 County Route 21C
Ghent, NY, 12075
United States

[email protected]

Director of Marketing and Communications

Hawthorne Valley focuses on Agriculture Education Health & Nutrition and is headquartered in Ghent, NY, United States.

Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to renew soil, society and self by integrating agriculture, education and art.

  • 1 / 5: Our K-12 Hawthorne Valley Waldorf school serves about 230 children and their families.
  • 2 / 5: Our 65-head dairy herd is the heart of our farm
  • 3 / 5: Our farm is Demeter certified Biodynamic, USDA Organic, and Animal Welfare Approved
  • 4 / 5: Our visiting students program offers on farm learning experiences for children
  • 5 / 5: Our farm apprentice training program educates young farmers


Hawthorne Valley is a place to rediscover our connection to nature, to how the food that we eat every day is produced, and to ourselves as participants in a dynamic social and natural ecosystem. Through the active production of food, educational programs for children and adults, ongoing social and scientific research, and the cultivation of a vibrant artistic community, we pursue a modern way of living embedded deeply in the natural world and emphasizing the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives. Our integrated learning campus sits within a 900-acre Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm in Ghent, NY, in the Hudson Valley’s scenic Columbia County. Organized since 1972 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our initiatives include: an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; a Biodynamic creamery, organic bakery, and fermentation enterprise; a 300-plus member Biodynamic CSA; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives and more.