Carlos Lenin Valery, Jr. is a fourth-generation farmer and rancher from Venezuela, who became a first-generation Delaware County, New York farmer in 2016. Committed to sustainable, resilient, holistic and regenerative farming practices, Valery is the Director of Orinoco Cattle Products and Farms, producing grass-fed beef. He also has experience in the mozzarella cheese production business.
Valery holds a degree in Agronomic Engineering from UNELLEZ University, located in Portuguesa, Venezuela, and an M.Sc. in Sustainability from the City College of New York, with additional studies in soil health, vegetable mineral nutrition, crop and pasture management, cattle genetic improvement, economics, and finances. He is co-author of his master’s thesis/capstone project on profitable business models that advance universal healthy food access for low-income communities facing food deserts in New York City. Valery is a longtime member of the National Congress of Fruit and was an extension agent in Venezuela in the early 2000s. His mother language is Spanish and he is fluent in English.
Valery is a proud father, traveling enthusiast and passionate reader. He enjoys cooking traditional Venezuelan dishes and, of course, making a weekend beef BBQ.