Meet the Farmer: Jean Paul Courtens

Roxbury Farm is a community-supported farm, which was founded by Jean-Paul Courtens in 1990. Roxbury grows vegetables, herbs, grass-fed pork, lamb, and beef for over 1000 shareholders representing over 1200 families in four communities–Columbia County, the Capital Region, Westchester County and Manhattan–on 375 acres in Kinderhook, New York. In 2016, Roxbury Farm CSA is celebrating its 26th year as a CSA community. Since 1991, when it started with 30 members in Manhattan, the farm has strived to produce high quality food at an affordable price.

Roxbury Farm has become recognized across the United States as a farm with innovative practices inspired by Courtens’ core passions: building soil fertility, creating new ways to relate to the marketplace, and training new farmers. In 2015, Jean-Paul was able to take all of these passions to a new project, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, near Kingston, NY.  Jean-Paul, along with other members of the Farm Hub Team, are developing and implementing a new way to train farmers in the Hudson Valley.


Roxbury Farm has two separate locations in Kinderhook, NY separated by about 1 mile. At the South Farm you will find the farm office, washing and packing barns, the greenhouses, and most of the vegetable fields. At the North Farm you will find the CSA pick-up barn, the pick-your-own flowers and perennial herbs, and the farm animals.


AMTRAK to Hudson, NY (2 hours from NYC) + Cab (5 min)