In 2014, we founded Letterbox Farm, a collectively owned and operated commercial farm in Hudson, NY. We are a young, quickly growing start-up, working to build a diverse and sustainable farm. We tend 64 acres of fields, woods, ravines, and mountainside, just outside downtown Hudson. Our river town is home to 7,000 diverse residents and a burgeoning new economy based on food, arts and culture.
What We Do
We raise special vegetables, herbs, flowers, pork, chicken, eggs, and rabbit using best practices in animal welfare and organic management. We distribute our goods through four farmers markets, a fleet of local restaurants, and our full-diet Hudson Valley CSA.
Outside the work day, we undertake research, serve as farm consultants and take on community organizing projects that benefit the agricultural community and our local economy. We also host farm dinners, weddings and other events that celebrate seasonality and place.
To develop an exemplary diversified farm that takes care of land, takes care of people, and generates real wealth in our community.
Produce exceptional food that is rich in nutrition and rich in heritage.
Engage a broad set of stakeholders in our many layers of community: farmers, chefs, customers, fellow businesses and neighbors here in our hometown.
Support our farmers and workers with living wages, diverse work, and adequate time to rest and maintain their lives.
Be excellent stewards of soil and place.
Letterbox is the combined effort of an invested team. We have organized our business much like a worker co-op, in which the three of us co-own the farm business equally, distribute responsibilities fairly, and and make key decisions collectively. We support each other to focus and excel at each of our enterprises, while also getting to create (and eat from!) a well-rounded, highly diverse farm. Working as a team means extra organization and clear communication. It also means sharing the thrills and challenges of building this farm, with an all-star mix of skills, temperaments and talents.
serves as vegetable manager and administrative lead for Letterbox, and works one on one with our chef clients. She is a fourth-year farmer, researcher, and organizer. She is the author of Cooperative Farming, a how-to handbook on forming collaborative farm ventures. Outside the workday, you'll find her volunteer-organizing community initiatives - or making chicken dinners.
grew up farming, is a VoAg grad, and spent 6 years as a park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers before he returned to farming for good. Laz is Letterbox Farm's equipment manager and is also an integral member of our land management team. In his free time, he's probably fishing, cooking fish he caught while fishing, or putzing around in the shop.
manages livestock and retail marketing for Letterbox Farm. She is a second generation small business owner and the author of Pastured Rabbit for Profit, an animal enterprise guide for old and new farmers alike. When she's not farming, you'll find her playing basketball with her Old English Sheepdog, who's a surprisingly formidable opponent.