Our Story

Four years ago, 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 restaurants in the valley, and a full-diet CSA.

Outside the work day, we undertake research and community organizing projects that benefit the farm community and our local economy.  We also host farm dinners and events that celebrate seasonality and place.

Our Mission

To develop a exemplary diversified farm that takes care of land, takes care of people, and generates real wealth in our community.

Aims

  • 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.

Our Model

Letterbox is the combined effort of a 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.   

Our Team

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Faith gilbert

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.

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laszlo lazar

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.

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nichki carangelo

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. 

ETHAN MARKHAM

is the Assistant Vegetable Manager at Letterbox. He joined our team after three very successful seasons at Old Friend's Farm, where they miss him very much. Ethan's got a bachelor's degree in International Development & Social Change. He's also our ginger expert and in-house hip-hop music enthusiast. 

MOLLY BERGEN

has been a member of the Letterbox crew since 2016. She hails from the distant lands of Ohio, where she began her farming career as an urban vegetable grower. This year, she'll be focusing her keen eye on our very lucky greens & herbs. We could not be happier to have her back on our team. 

Michael "sunny" chornomaz

is the newest member to our vegetable crew. He's been farming all over the place since 2014, including New Zealand, Washington state and at the nearby Hawthorn Valley Farm. Sunny's a big fan of Jean-Martin Fortier and he's used to getting up very early to milk cows. These two things combined make him the ideal fit for our garden and farmers market teams.

Bridget kennedy

is our Livestock Crew member, which mean's she has the distinction of working in more enterprises than anyone else at Letterbox Farm.   She's been interning on all kinds of farms for the past two years, but her true love is working with animals. When she's not farming, you can find her hiking, surfing or camping.