Our collaborators represent much of what makes the Hudson Valley special – a patchwork of soul-packed, creative powerhouses who we are proud to call mentors, friends & neighbors. Not much makes us happier than connecting these dynamic folks to co-create. Together we support our  local economy, strengthening the ability to sustain our region as an agricultural valley.


Hawthorne Valley Farm

Hawthorne Valley Farm is one of the oldest biodynamic farms in the country.  Our good friends and neighbors they produce top-notch dairy, mixed livestock, grains and vegetables. As if that wasn’t enough they are also home to an organic bakery, farmstead creamery and produce traditional lacto-fermented sauerkrauts. HVF is equally committed to education as they are to producing great food.  Their K-12 Waldorf school, visiting student program, summer camps and farm apprenticeship are just a few of the great programs they offer.

Hawthorne Valley Farm is part of the Hawthorne Valley Association, a non-profit focused on social renewal through agriculture, education and the arts. 


Fat Apple Farm

Fat Apple is a sustainable, ethical livestock farm in Pine Plains, New York raising unique breeds of pigs, chickens, sheep, cattle, turkeys, and ducks on pasture. We are committed to practices that treat our animals with dignity, restore our land, result in high quality, delicious, and healthy products for our community and provide a safe, empowering, and enriching work environment. We aim to educate and elevate awareness about regenerative farming practices, receive guests with hospitality, and collaborate with the larger farming community.


Poor Devil Pepper Company

Laura Webster and Jared Schwartz are the masterminds behind this super cool (well more like super hot - and tasty) line of fermented hot sauces.  Focusing on flavor and working with fresh ingredients from local farms they have made a real mark on the Hudson Valley small food business scene since they started getting saucey back in 2014.  When they aren’t making awesome sauce you can find them slingin’ tacos as El Sueno around the Hudson Valley.


Little Seed Gardens

Little Seed Gardens is a family farm in Chatham, NY.  Owned and operated by Willy Denner and Claudia Kenny, Little Seed is as much about growing nourishing food as it is about how to build a nourishing community.  Working closely with the principles of Holistic Management and Non-Violent communication Little Seed believes that the “real work” lies in building collaborative relationships and resilient communities that help achieve true well-being.


Tienda Salsita

Tienda Salsita’s is a marketplace for small batch handmade salsa and artisanal goods in Hudson, New York. Working with individuals and families in Mexico to bring you the highest quality of handmade goods. Their goal is to foster and support a connection from Hudson Valley’s community in the United States to the different communities they have come to know in Mexico. It is their hope that Tienda Salsita’s carefully curated goods will bring beauty and inspiration to your home.

By supporting Tienda Salsita, you are supporting a woman-owned small business as well as artisans in Mexico whose work is a tapestry of their land and traditions.


Rachel Haley, 500HR RYT

Drawing on a background in women's health and somatic healing, Rachel combines the wisdom of the traditional yoga systems including Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Ashtanga, and Iyengar schools with medicine from dance, shamanistic ritual, mysticism, mythology, and visualization. The energetic focus of the practice is grounded in extensive knowledge and attention to body mechanics and alignment in asana. Her teaching style is versatile and can easily apply knowledge to the individuals and groups specific needs.


Rachel Wood, 500HR RYT

Rachel has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga since 2009, when she was living in Cape Town, South Africa.  Though she’s studied with David Swenson and Matthew Sweeney, she considers Paul Dallaghan at Centered Yoga in Thailand her teacher and completed her 200hr RYT certification at his centre in 2012. Since then, she’s continued her asana and pranayama studies under his tutelage and that of his teacher, Sri O.P. Tiwari. In 2015, Rachel completed her 500hr teacher training with a concentration in pranayama. Rachel infuses her yoga classes with focus, positive energy and even the occasional joke. 


Kelly Bancroft, LMT

Kelly began her journey into the healing arts when she learned Reiki in 1995. She went onto study massage and graduated from the Heartwood Institute in California in 1997. She has also studied various healing modalities including teachers like Malidoma Some, Eliot Cowan, Lee Albert, Carole Osborne, Gary Strauss, Ryan Halford, Michael Shea, and Hilary Garivaltis. She is licensed in New York and Massachusetts. She has a practice in Chatham NY and also works at the Kripalu Institute of Yoga offering massage and other modalities. She lives Chatham NY with her husband and children.


Michael Gupta

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