Rootstock Recap Amidst a Devastating Week for Local Farmers

Thanks to all who came out on a rainy Saturday afternoon to support Rootstock! We were so inspired by the generosity and good vibes that warmed the Red Barn from inside out on a dreary day! Thanks especially to the fabulous musicians- Sloan Wainwright, Twisted Pine, Jacob Bernz, and Daisycutter, for performances that would have been equally at home on the biggest stages in the country.Thanks also to our sponsors: Green Mountain Energy, NOFA-NY, The Hudson River Tractor Company, Artisan Wine Shop, Beacon Pantry, Quinn's, and WKZE 98.1 FM - Celebrating Musical Diversity. We couldn't have done this without them. The top-notch craft beverages by Hudson Valley Brewery, Obercreek Brewing Company, 2 Way Brewing Company, and Treasury Cider, as well as the amazing tacos and empanadas of Poppy's Farm 2 Trailer provided the crowning touch on the festivities, and a true taste of local-grown!

Even more recently, we are deeply saddened by the devastation of several farms very close to home that were affected by Tuesday's storm, which spawned several tornadoes and macrobursts and destroyed young crops, fruit trees, and greenhouses. Extreme weather events like this were the inspiration for Rootstock's founding, and sadly, are something we can only expect to increase in frequency and severity in the future. This has been a truly challenging week for local farmers and has served as a sobering reminder of why we do this.

In addition to keeping in touch with our efforts, we also urge you to support your local farms in their post-storm recovery efforts in the coming weeks through direct donations, attending local fundraising events, and purchasing their products at markets (always a tasty idea!) We are inspired, grateful, humbled, and saddened all at once, but are more committed to our mission than ever.

photo by Farm Girl Photography

Rootstock 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

ROOTSTOCK 2018 is Saturday, MAY 12, 12-6 pm, at The Red Barn at Long Dock!

We've got an exciting lineup of four fabulous folk and American roots bands, food from Le Express food truck, and beer and cider from Hudson Valley Brewery, Obercreek Brewing Company, and Treasury Cider! This year's festival is bigger than ever - we've moved it outside! The festivities will take place on the lawn of Scenic Hudson's Red Barn, between the banks of the Hudson River and the Beacon Metro North station. Plus, all proceeds will go to the Emergency Disaster Relief Fund for New York state farmers! Head on over to the CONCERT page for more info!

$20 Early Bird tickets are on sale now - grab yours HERE!

Rootstock Solstice "Sneak Peak" Concert This Tuesday!

We're throwing a Solstice Party to welcome back the light, ring out the old year, and give a little "sneak peak" at our 2018 concert! Welcome the (almost) Winter Solstice at Dogwood, THIS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, at 8:00 pm! Join us for a night of fantastic folk & fiddle music featuring Richard Shindell, Bruce Molsky, Sara Milonovich and Jacob Bernz. All proceeds go to support Rootstock, as we celebrate our Northeast farming community, announce our rescheduled festival date, and enjoy some world-class roots music and seasonal cheer!

Richard Shindell: Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. Originally from New York, Richard now divides his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Hudson Valley.

Bruce Molsky: Beacon’s own Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades he’s been a globetrotting performer and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations.

Sara Milonovich: Beacon resident Sara Milonovich is the frontwoman of Daisycutter, a band which blazes a unique musical trail with their "mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics" (Jeff Sweatman, The Corner). Sara cut her teeth as a highly sought-after side person in the bluegrass, folk, rock, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond.

Jacob Bernz: Born and raised in Beacon, Jacob Bernz has been surrounded by the musical friends and colleagues of his father, two-time Grammy winning producer/musician David Bernz. Jacob is already a prolific songwriter and accomplished musician, who has shared stages with notable musicians including David Amram, Guy Davis, Tom Chapin and Arlo Guthrie.

Photo by Farm Girl Photography

Rootstock Concert Rescheduled

October 1 Rootstock Concert Reschedule

Friends and Supporters of Rootstock -

In light of the unprecedented devastation due to the hurricanes affecting our fellow farmers in the South as well as the wildfires on the West Coast, we feel it's of vital importance to keep resources and attention focused on those who need it most now.

We are rescheduling this October's festival to spring of 2018, and will be announcing the new date in the next couple of weeks. It will feature the same world-class lineup of musicians, with local farms, food trucks, non-profits, and loads more fun and exciting ways to support our farmers here in the Northeast. The events unfolding in the South and West right now are tragic reminders that farmers throughout the country will need support in coming seasons as they deal with changing climate conditions, and we look forward to building a base of support for our neighbors in New York.  

While we are incredibly disappointed on a personal level to have to wait for the fantastic musical party we've been planning for the last several months, the times immediately following crises such as these are critical to the recovery of those affected, and we feel that focusing attention on them now is the right thing to do.

We will be posting updates of our own on-going activities to support farms here in the Northeast, but if you are looking for ways to help those devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the western wildfires, please consider contributing to Farm Aid. They have partnered with regional and local organizations to get farms the help they need in the quickest, most effective way possible. Read about their efforts and contribute to the Farm Aid Family Farm Disaster Fund Here.

Our thoughts go out to our sister and brother farmers affected by these disasters.

In hope and solidarity,

The Rootstock Team

Hang in there, Houston. We feel your pain.

"Houston: We Feel Your Pain. Aug 29, 2011." Those were the words on the lighted sign outside the Rotterdam Junction, NY fire department yesterday as I drove from my family's farm in the Mohawk Valley back to my home in the Hudson Valley. From one valley to another. 6 years ago yesterday a friend of the family, a fellow farmer, the patriarch of a farm family in the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, lost his life driving through standing water to inspect his fields flooded by Hurricane Irene. 6 years ago tomorrow my brother came home with a look on his face I'll never forget. He spent the day pulling dead cows out of flooded barns. Irene wasn't even a hurricane by the time it got around to knocking on the Northeast's door. That wording didn't matter to the folks in upstate NY, in VT, NH... We were devastated. Six years later you can still see the scars, if you know where to look.

Yesterday we announced that Rootstock 2017 will take place on October 1st, right down by the river in Beacon. The money that we raise will go towards establishing an emergency relief fund for local farmers, to help them keep going in the immediate wake of natural disasters. However, farmers are one big community, joined by our commitment to the land, to growing and feeding our neighbors, and by the soil in our veins. The Northeast farming community knows firsthand the pain and suffering our sisters and brothers in Texas are going through, and our hearts are breaking with them. So in support and solidarity with our fellow farmers in Texas, we're donating at least 10% of this year's net proceeds from the Rootstock festival to flood relief and recovery efforts for Texas farmers.

Hang in there, Houston. We know how you feel- and we know how tough farmers (and Texans) are. We're with you, and sending you all our love and support.

Save the Date! Our 2017 Concert Takes Place October 1st!

It's time for ROOTSTOCK 2017: a celebration of music and local agriculture dedicated to “helping farmers stay rooted!” On October 1st, 2017, from 12pm-6pm at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY (steps from Metro North railroad), a live concert featuring four nationally acclaimed American roots, bluegrass, and folk artists will raise funds to establish emergency relief grants for Northeast farmers in crisis. In partnership with the American Center for Folk Music, the concert will feature two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year (and former dairy farmers), The Gibson Brothers, as well as the Shockenaw Mountain Boys (featuring four founding members of Railroad Earth), award-winning singer songwriter Sloan Wainwright, and farmgirl-fronted roots-rockers Daisycutter.

Head on over to the CONCERT page to find out more! (Can't attend but still want to support us? You can donate HERE. Thanks!)