Slow Food Hudson Valley is pleased to present our first Local Hero award to Kingston farmer Creek Iverson. We believe he exemplifies the principles of Slow Food and goes beyond them, interweaving those efforts with a commendable community focus.

The Local Hero award was designed to recognize Hudson Valley food and beverage producers, artisans, farmers, chefs and restaurateurs who contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of our food supply. Food production has one of the greatest impacts on human health, the environment, and the world economy. By recognizing and promoting local producers of good, clean, and fair food, Slow Food Hudson Valley hopes to drive consumers towards better food choices.

Local Hero award recipients will be committed to community and sustainability in the production and distribution of foods that are local, seasonal, natural, wholesome and handled with care and craft. They are good stewards of the environment and humane to animals and people.

Creek Iverson has designed the 30-acre Seed Song Farm to be “agroecological, no-chemical and public participatory.” He raises native heritage crops and breeds. The farm has a you-pick program, a CSA with 100 members and sells goods at three local farmers markets. For community outreach they also offer frequent, regular cultural events, educational programs, farm experiences, workshops and celebrations that are accessible to all members of the city in which the farm is located.

For his steadfast commitment to raising and growing good, clean and fair food, and for making his products and farm accessible to the community, we feel Creek Iverson is most deserving of our Local Hero award.