Who We Are

Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) –The Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative (NUFFI) is an active network of local residents and community organizations that fosters community and residential gardens, the production and distribution of food for the City of Newburgh and educates Newburgh residents about the vibrant connections of land, food and community.   NUFFI provides Outreach, Public Education and Technical Assistance.  NUFFI believes that existing communities working together to retain ‘ownership’ of their neighborhoods and culture will develop innovative solutions that accomplish the important goal of empowering residents to work toward a just and resilient food system for the City of Newburgh.

NUFFI’s focus continues to effect positive change through garden development and public outreach.   In addition, the organization  continues to develop, increase, and enhance partnerships with leaders throughout a variety of sectors within the community.

Containter Gardening Workshop

NUFFI’s partners include:
  • Downing Park Urban Farm
  • Our Core, Inc.
  • Newburgh Armory Unity Center
  • Grand Street Community Garden
  • Hudson Valley Seed
  • Farm Tournant
  • Orange County Land Trust
  • Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • Orange County Department of Health
  • Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Merakey
  • City of Newburgh Department of Planning and Economic Development
  • Newburgh Free Library
  • Newburgh Habitat for Humanity
  • Downing Park Planning Committee
  • Latinos Unidos

This effort is broad-based and seeks to increase partnerships with additional community organizations and individuals.


Virginia Kasinki and Liana Hoodes coordinate the efforts of the Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative

Virginia Kasinki, Newburgh, NY

Virginia  is the Program Director for NUFFI, overseeing organizational development and community outreach.  Since 2015, she was the Outreach Coordinator for the Downing Park Urban Farm. Virginia was the former Director of Community-Based Programs at Glynwood and was responsible for Glynwood’s Keep Farming Program which is designed to help communities identify the many ways in which agriculture contributes to their wellbeing.  She has extensive experience with planning community-based programs and in training and coaching local leaders.  She is also an experienced meeting organizer and facilitator. Virginia is a Newburgh native.

Liana Hoodes, Walker Valley, NY

Liana is a Program Manager to NUFFI, coordinating programs and outreach . In 2017, she served as the program coordinator at the Downing Park Urban Farm. She has worked since 1994 on a wide range of organic/sustainable agriculture policy issues, and is currently the Policy Advisor to NOFA-NY.  Liana was the Executive Director of the National Organic Coalition, working extensively on federal organic and sustainable agriculture policy. She currently works on federal and state policy issues to advance organic food and agriculture. Liana provides technical assistance on urban gardening and food projects in Newburgh.