A clearer awareness and appreciation of all relationships of life on earth are at the heart of our mission. We focus our efforts primarily on the Hudson Valley while incorporating global, national and local perspectives. Mohonk Consultations’ programs include awards, forums, conferences and other public meetings. We focus on encouraging dialogue from many viewpoints. Our goal is always to provide a neutral, supportive venue for the attendees, who are stakeholders in the chosen circumstances. Together they can brainstorm and use their collective expertise to develop solutions to problematic issues for them, whether in their local community or environment.
What we consider ‘success’ in our work is illustrated by ongoing development of new initiatives that began with our programs. Just one example of such ‘success’ began with our 2009 and 2014 programs that aimed at countering food insecurity in Ulster County. Attendees took on the work and established in 2010 the Ulstercorps’ Steering Committee’s Hunger Project and now the brand-new programming of the Rondout Valley’s six-year-old Local Economies Project and Farm Hub. The latter’s Spring 2016 newsletter highlights a fresh fine-tuning and expansion of ways of:
Collaborating to Fight Food Insecurity
Seven years ago, a [Mohonk Consultations] forum on food insecurity at the Mohonk Mountain House brought together the executive directors of Family of Woodstock and the Rondout Valley Growers Association (RVGA). That meeting, between an organization that works with the food insecure and an organization that works with farmers, marked the beginning of a partnership that today is making a difference in the Hudson Valley by bringing fresh local food where it is needed most.
This year, with the opening of food distribution centers across the Ulster County, connections between farmers and the food insecure are being streamlined in an innovative new way…
Since the 1870s, Mohonk Mountain House atop the Shawangunk Mountains of New York has served as a gathering place for those seeking solutions to a range of social problems. The beauties of the natural surroundings at Mohonk, along with the Quaker traditions of peaceful inclusiveness, provide a unique atmosphere for the useful exchange of ideas.
To carry on these traditions, the late A. Keith Smiley, a descendant of Mohonk’s founders, created Mohonk Consultations Inc., a charitable 501 (c) (3) organization, in 1980. We celebrate our 36th year of service this year!