2014 institute overview

Farms & Food
Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up

July 29-31
Henry A. Wallace Education & Visitors Center
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home & Library
Hyde Park, NY

Everything you need
Online registration is closed.
Institute schedule. (PDF)
Workshop Descriptions. (PDF)
Field Experience Options. (PDF) Sponsorship Details. (PDF)
Questions: e-mail us or phone 845-229-9116, ext. 2035.

Who?  K-12 teachers, historic site, museum, and environmental educators; local historians and librarians, parents, and anyone interested in place based learning.

What? An opportunity to delve into aspects of the Hudson Valley’s culture, environment, and history. This year our focus is farms and food. Workshops, panels, field experiences, and other formats offer background and content, activities and lessons for your site or classroom, and much more.




When and where? Tuesday, July 29, we’re at the FDR Home and Library in Hyde Park.  Wednesday, July 30, each participant will select a field experience and go directly there. Thursday, July 31, we’re back in Hyde Park.

Why? For the joy of learning! And, a professional development certificate if you want it. THV institutes are a rare opportunity for teachers from all grades and disciplines AND informal educators from throughout the Valley to meet and learn from each other.

How much? all three days: $115; two days: $80; one day: $40. Includes certificate of attendance and at least two lunches and light breakfasts. Surcharges apply for some field experiences. Fees rise after July 18.


Educating our Next Generation to Eat with Consciousness, Pam Koch, professor of nutrition education and executive director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Climate Change and Agriculture: No Longer Business as Usual, Mike Hoffmann, associate dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and director, Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University

Farming in the Valley Today, Beth Chittenden, Dutch Hollow Farm; Shane Hardy, Rockland Farm Alliance; Lindsey Shute, Hearty Roots Farm & National Young Farmers Coalition; and a farmer from the Rondout Valley Growers. Moderator: Todd ErlingHudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp