Hudson Valley Parent

HVP September 2016

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16 Hudson Valley Parent n September 2016 By JOAN MILLER A ccording to the Department of Agriculture, there are over 18,000 certified organic operations in the U.S. - a number that has increased 245 percent since 2002. Obviously, lots of people are into buying organic products for their families, but have you ever won- dered what growing those organic items is really all about? Matthew Benson, an area organic farmer who owns Stonegate Farm in Newburgh, sat down to talk a bit about what he does and why. "Stonegate Farm is really meant to inform and show people how to live more harmoniously on the The organic 'Farmer in the Dell' MARK YOUR CALENDARS HUDSON VALLEY FESTIVALS & FAIRS • Carnival Rides • Live Music • Balloon Launches • Great Food • Live Entertainment

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