HOOT! Tremendous HEARTFELT THANK YOU to the rain, the land, the wind and bees, the farmers, growers, producers of all the goodness that came to our tables from 100 Farmers in our Hudson Valley community to feed 500 folks to support our impactful work at the FarmOn! Foundation to:

– inspire the next generation to choose agricultural careers

– create an economic engine that connects rural and urban marketplaces

– bring awareness to food choices and sources and revive respect for local farming

Special THANK YOU to the FarmOn! Foundation Board of Directors and Staff, Chazz Levi/Hudson Anchor, Wright Food & Co, Hudson Valley Seafood, Mazzone Hospitality, Author Larry Olmsted Real Food, Fake Food, Chef Alfred Portale and Gotham Bar and Grill Chefs & Staff, our Sponsors and Beverage Partners Harney & Sons, Saratoga Water Co, Irving Farm Coffee, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Harvest Spirits, Hudson Wine Merchants, Sunbelt Charmer, Hudson Wine Merchants, Sovereign Cider, Breezy Hill Orchards, Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Chatham Brewing Co.

Thank you to the 100 family farmers who attended as our guests.

Thank you to our Empire Farm Sponsors: Kohler, Ralph Lauren Home, Roman Petr,, Ed HERRINGTON Inc, HERRINGTON Fuel, Carmen Barbato, Rhinebeck Rentals, John Varvatos, SUNY/Cornell CALS, Hudson Valley Fresh, Maple Hill Creamery, Whole Foods Market, Local Economies Project, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Christy & John Mack Foundation.

Thank each of you for your generosity and support.

YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE to reach our HOOT! $50,000.00 GOAL for 100% youth educational programming fund.


Help us reach our $50,000.00 goal by September 30, 2016



Event Overview

To host a private fundraiser for the FarmOn! Foundation in your home or business – please email
For more information about our upcoming schedule of events including book signings and visits to local schools for smarter lunchrooms with FarmOn! Milk Money, Victory Gardens and more important work from the FarmOn! Foundation revitalizing local agriculture and stimulating economic development.

Follow us on Twitter @FarmOnFarmOn for updates.

To schedule a school visit or book signing email


FarmOn! Farm Festivals

Hootenanny Benefit Dinners


FarmOn! Events since 2011

  • Benefit Dinner w/Host Alice Waters
        Alice Waters & Tessa Edick    ...
  • Hootennanny
    Hootenanny Benefit Dinner 2015
        Hoot!       Hootenanny! Farm Fresh Benefit Dinner Host Chef Jonathan Wright of Rainbow Room Our 2015 5th annual fundraiser was a success thanks to people like YOU! A HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Nearly 500 folks raised $137,500 in total from the HOOT! FarmOn! at...
  • FarmOn! Sunday Supper
    Sunday Supper Benefit Dinner 2015
    Cooking for a Cause “Sunday Supper” was a delicious success! Sold out on a snowy winter evening in March 2015 and hosted at Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, four celebrated Hudson Valley Chefs came together to cook with cause and FarmOn! A four course meal was created by chefs featuring local...
  • Farm Fest 2014
    Friends of the Farmer Food Festival 2014
    Community. Commerce. Sustainability. Succession. The 4th Annual Friends of the Farmer Festival at Empire Farm in Copake, NY delivered on its promise to unite sustainable farming, education, community and local businesses in one fun-filled day. 2,300 people attended the event curated and hosted by the Culinary Partnership at Tessa Edick’s...
  • Northern Chefs Alliance 2014
    Northern Chef’s Alliance 2014
    PLAY WITH FIRE! 25 Family Farms 12 Celebrity Chefs 5 Open Pit Fires 1 Cause Mid summer in 2014 on a Sunday afternoon, the noble and notorious Northern Chefs Alliance joined forces once again. The gathering of talent was unprecedented in the Hudson Valley. These North American Chefs came, created...
  • Hoedown Benefit Concert 2014
    Hoedown Benefit Concert 2014
    John Varvatos presented Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Band   Together with Liana Gabel, Ruby Stinson and Special Guest Tommy Stinson   For the first time in Friends of the Farmer Festival ‘s history we held a “Hoedown” benefit concert as a stand-alone event! The concert element of...
  • Hootennanny
    Hootenanny Benefit Dinner 2014
        Hoot!     The Hoot! 2014 was our proudest moment in our short history that was hosted perched on the hills of the Hudson Vallwy lakeside at Copake Lake NY by abc Kitchen and Host Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to a sold out group of 500+ supporters.   Stephen...
  • Farm Fest 2013
    Friends of the Farmer Food Festival 2013
      WE ARE ALL FRIENDS OF THE FARMER   In our third year, the Friends of the Farmer Festival proved indeed to be one to remember with thousands attending FarmFest lakeside in Columbia County NY! The kickoff annual Hootenanny! Farm fresh benefit dinner offered local libations and a Hudson Valley...
  • Farm Fest 2012
    Friends of the Farmer Food Festival 2012
      WE ARE ALL FRIENDS OF THE FARMER   Get your FarmOn! With Chef David Burke, 50 family farms and celebrity painted picnic tables raising funds for youth education programming. In year two, Friends of the Farmer again feeds the Hudson Valley well and presented the dual celebration of the...
  • Farm Fest 2011
    Friends of the Farmer Food Festival 2011
      Launch WE ARE ALL FRIENDS OF THE FARMER   The Fabulous Beekman Boys hosted the first Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival launched on a gorgeous, sunny, summer day in Columbia County NY and 1500 turned up to connect to seed and soil! The Festival’s inaugural...