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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Winter Issue - 2003-2004

Interview with Daryl Mosher of Brittany Hollow Farm

As part of our "Living Naturally" theme, we are exploring the production of organic foods in the Hudson Valley. More information will be available online as we acquire it. So do check out our website www.MHVS.org for this and other current information.

Here is a conversation I had with the owner of Brittany Hollow farm located off Route 9. - Roberta Schiff

RS. How long have you been farming and when did you go organic?

DM. I've been farming for twenty-one years and became organic in about 1990 when our children were age 2, 3, and 5. They work with us in the fields and we did not want them exposed to chemicals. It worked well from the beginning. We rotate crops and plant cover crops in the Fall.

We also do companion planting such as garlic and cilantro for pest control.

RS. I buy from you at the Rhinebeck Farmers' Market. Where else do you sell?

DM. The Hyde Park Farmers' Market, Montgomery Place Farm Stand, Red Hook Health Food Store, The Culinary Institute of America, The Omega Institute and several restaurants.

RS. What do you grow?

DM. We grow 60 different kinds of vegetables including regular and heirloom tomatoes, winter squash, lettuces and 10 kinds of potatoes.

Fingerlings and Peruvian blues are favorites.

RS. What tips do you have for home gardeners who want to grow organic foods?

DM. Don't be afraid to try anything. With only a few plants you can just pick off the pests.

RS. Do you offer Community Supported Agriculture? (This is where shares are sold and paid for ahead of time)

DM. No, but I used to have people sign up for a "Box Day" program.

RS. How does that work?

DM. There are two days a week where people can come and get a box of produce for $10 to $20. They sign up ahead of time but pay for it when they purchase it. They agree to come on one of the two days. I am considering doing this again in 2004. (Watch the MHVS website for more information.)

It was a pleasure speaking with someone who does work that is good for both people and our planet. Daryl has become very knowledgeable about organic farming and enjoys his work.

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