Answers to Your Most Pressing Plant-Stock Questions

2nd June 2017

My family and I are getting ready to head to the family farm in Claverack, New York for another amazing summer. And of course, we’re gearing up for Plant-Stock this August – our whole family looks forward to this event every year, a way to truly celebrate another year of plant-strong living, with the incredible plant-based community all together on the Esselstyn Family Farm. This year marks our 6th annual Plant-Stock and it’s going to be the best Plant-Stock yet, so hold on to your kale stems!

We have our plant-strong veterans who come every year, but we also have many new, amazing guests coming this year, or thinking about coming. For those who are considering Plant-Stock this year and have some questions, I wanted to put together this post to answer some of the most common questions we’re asked:

Where is Plant-Stock held?
Plant-Stock is held on my family’s farm in Claverack, NY, where we currently grow organic barley, rye and wheat. Situated on 500 acres, our farm has been in the Esselstyn family since 1685, and is one of only two farms in the entire state of New York that has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 300 years!

Claverack is two hours or less from places like New York City and Boston, and is less than 5 hours or so from places like Buffalo, Philadelphia and Rochester. If you’re looking for an amazing event that’s a day’s drive (8 hours) or less, you can do it from a large portion of the US.

Oh, and I’ll let you in on an insider secret: We’ve seriously upgraded the porta potties to the super deluxe models (AC and music!).

Plant-Stock Porta Potties from engine 2 diet on Vimeo.

Here’s a sneak peek.

What’s the address?
Because Plant-Stock is held at the family farm, we only give out the exact address to attendees, just before the event.

What’s included with registration?
You’re in for a special weekend you won’t find anywhere else when you come to Plant-Stock! Your registration fee includes access to all weekend events, including all of our speakers. Plus meals at our family farm. It can also include some transportation, as my father loves to pick up folks from the field in his mule and drive them up to the house! (Check out the Plant-Stock website for a full breakdown of speakers and weekend events.)

Can I buy a one-day ticket?
Because Plant-Stock is such a unique event with a whole weekend packed full of activities, we don’t offer one-day tickets to this event in advance (sometimes we have a very small amount of walk-up availability on Sunday, but there is no guarantee and we aren’t able to sell those in advance). Come join us for the weekend!

Where can I stay during Plant-Stock?
While we don’t officially recommend any hotels (and we’ve been notified that some of the local hotels are sold out), there are quite a few Bed & Breakfasts and Airbnb locations nearby. In fact, I just did a search on Airbnb and found more than 100 available rentals during Plant-Stock weekend (just remember – we aren’t affiliated with any of these, and this is not a recommendation, just sharing information!). Here’s another helpful resource from Columbia County, New York (where Claverack is located). We’ve also heard some guests like to drive their RV and stay at local campgrounds nearby. Just keep in mind – places fill up fast! We definitely recommend booking your accommodations ASAP.

Can I camp on the family farm?
Planning and executing an event on the scale of Plant-Stock requires a LOT of work, setup and breakdown to keep things moving smoothly. As a result, we can’t offer camping on the farm, but be sure to check out the links to accommodations shared above.

What airport should I use?
If you’re flying in for Plant-Stock, the closest airports are in Albany, New York or Hartford, Connecticut. From Albany, a car rental or Uber trip would be the best ways to get into Claverack. A car rental makes more sense from Hartford. If you’re taking the train into Hudson, NY there is typically limited car rental availability through Enterprise.

Alternatively, you could fly into either one of the NYC airports and take a train, if you’re thinking of extending your weekend into a full vacation. We have had many guests in the past who build a great vacation to NYC or Boston around their weekend at Plant-Stock!

Do you need volunteers?
We are all set with volunteers, but thanks for asking!

Now that June is upon us, August is just around the corner – we can’t wait to see you at Plant-Stock! Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Email our events team and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible (they’re in the office a few days a week, so if you don’t hear back right away, not to worry – they’ll get back to you as soon as they’re in!).