Hawthorne Valley Association

About Hawthorne Valley Association

Hawthorne Valley is a place to rediscover our connection to nature, to how the food that we eat every day is produced, and to ourselves as participants in a dynamic social and natural ecosystem. Through the active production of food, educational programs for children and adults, ongoing social and scientific research, and the cultivation of a vibrant artistic community, we pursue a modern way of living embedded deeply in the natural world and emphasizing the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Our integrated learning campus sits in a 900-acre Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm in Ghent, NY, in the Hudson Valley’s scenic Columbia County. Organized since 1972 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our initiatives include: an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; on-farm education programs; a full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store; a Biodynamic creamery, organic bakery, and fermentation cellar; a 300-plus member Biodynamic CSA; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher education programs; arts initiatives and more.


Camp Counselor

June 2019 - August 2019 Ghent, NY
“I loved that this position allowed me to be out in nature and/or connected to food all day. I found that I was able to learn about many different areas of education and youth work, and the pedagogy of the program was one I strongly aligned with. The staff had a wonderfully supportive dynamic and I felt a great sense of community there. I also appreciated that this program has a commitment to accessibility and diversity. As a result, the experiences of all camp participants were deepened and I was able to see an example of an organization actively work to include people of various socioeconomic backgrounds. ”
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