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  • At 65, getting the hang of farming
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    At 65, getting the hang of farming

    She scaled up — way up — from community gardens, and wants to help people of color follow her lead



    Karen Washington’s first career as a community organizer won her all sorts of accolades: the James Beard Award, making Ebony’s Power 100 list. In her “retirement,” she is deep into career...

  • Music lessons

    Music lessons

    I am 37 and learning to play the guitar. I began to learn in college, but I only ever learned how to play Mr. Tambourine Man and...

    • Jul 1, 2019 04:31 pm
  • Sharing work

    This March I took my two boys to White Barn Farm Sheep & Wool in New Paltz to help out with their shearing day. It’s...

    • Jun 4, 2019 10:30 am
  • In search of that digital sweet spot

    In search of that digital sweet spot

    A few months ago, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone, and that was enough to reduce my mindless scrolling. I occasionally...

    • Jun 4, 2019 10:29 am
  • The tree guy with a farming habit

    The tree guy with a farming habit

    “The hemlocks are getting hemlock woolly adelgid. In the late 70s, early 80s the Dutch Elm Disease was attacking the...

    • May 3, 2019 10:50 am
  • Stretching what a library can be

    Stretching what a library can be

    Librarian Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella has been known to sing sea shanties on Talk Like a Pirate Day and has been seen walking...

    • May 1, 2019 01:49 pm
  • Vacations worth the sweat

    Vacations worth the sweat

    When we commit a chunk of money to a vacation, we hope that we will come out of it with some good memories and awakened interests...

    • Feb 28, 2019 02:34 pm
  • Living outside and eating roadkill

    Living outside and eating roadkill

    A walk in the woods with wildman Joe Blevis

    Did you grow up around here?

    I grew up in New Jersey very close to...

    • Jan 2, 2019 04:49 pm
  • A weekly technology cleanse

    A weekly technology cleanse

    Tucked between Legoland’s Welcome Center and Mexican eatery Super Nacho in the village of...

    • Jan 1, 2019 12:00 pm
  • Independence with a butter knife

    Independence with a butter knife

    “I don’t want to eat what you made for dinner”

    “Eli, you don’t even know what I...

    • Dec 31, 2018 12:31 pm
  • Farming’s badly needed ‘Blackstension agent’

    Farming’s badly needed ‘Blackstension agent’

    You’re the founder and director of Soul Fire Farm outside Albany. Where did the name come from?

    The name...

    • Dec 28, 2018 01:58 pm
  • One patch at a time

    One patch at a time

    Once upon a time, you would have learned everything you needed to know about mending from a relative or neighbor. You would have...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:27 pm
  • The garden is her classroom now

    The garden is her classroom now

    Maria Blon was a professor for over 20 years, teaching every math class under the sun—and a little yoga. After leaving her...

    • Nov 6, 2018 01:50 pm
  • Fill your bookshelf, fill your mind

    Fill your bookshelf, fill your mind

    Recently, I took a look at the news, and took a look at our bookshelves. One made me feel hopeless, and one filled me with hope.

    • Sep 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • Parlez vous farming?

    Parlez vous farming?

    “It’s very, very strict,” says Clement Hermouet in the bit of English he’s picked up. “I can...

    • Aug 30, 2018 02:21 pm
  • Artists on the move

    Artists on the move

    On our family trip this year we ventured out into the desert for a week of hiking amidst giant boulders and jackrabbits. My...

    • Jul 2, 2018 04:06 pm
  • Getting out of the Haus

    Getting out of the Haus

    County Executive Steve Neuhaus never really has a set schedule. He oversees 38 county departments—from human rights, to...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:43 pm
  • A beekeeper’s epiphany

    A beekeeper’s epiphany

    Joseph Jenkins thinks humans are out of whack, but it’s only temporary

    You’re a jack of many trades: a...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • From cop car to farm field

    From cop car to farm field

    “All I do is sleep just to function,” laughed Katie Hansen, about how she spends her day off. Her rotating schedule...

    • May 2, 2018 12:29 pm
  • A woman remade

    A woman remade

    The first time I met Clara Soaring Hawk was at a rally against the CPV plant and its infrastructure – the “black...

    • Mar 5, 2018 12:00 pm
  • In praise of taking things apart

    In praise of taking things apart

    When my husband was a boy, he took apart his mother’s camera. He assumed he could get it back together before anyone...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:55 pm
  • Not a tomato guy

    Not a tomato guy

    Bob Schluter, the force behind Warwick Tomatoes and Warwick Valley Products, doesn’t start his day with a green juice. He...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:54 pm
  • All together in the kitchen

    All together in the kitchen

    Right before the beginning of the school year, a friend and I got together to cook up eight gallons of chili. The pot was big...

    • Nov 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • Catalyzing Kingston

    Catalyzing Kingston

    After a whirlwind career in apparel, an activist gets back to his passion: the intersection of community and food. Benjamin...

    • Oct 27, 2017 04:53 pm
  • Routines are for the birds

    Routines are for the birds

    Monday through Friday, Clay Pigeon wakes up at 4a.m. to take the Path train from Manhattan to Jersey City, where he hosts his...

    • Oct 26, 2017 04:33 pm
  • Locavore munchies

    Locavore munchies

    Trying to eat locally and seasonally seems daunting when you are feeding the picky three-year-old or the perpetually famished...

    • Sep 11, 2017 01:32 pm
  • Up with the sun

    Up with the sun

    “What I do for my living is so connected to my life,” said Dani Segal, an early pioneer of the northeast organic...

    • Sep 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • Rattler? The cops call in this guy

    Rattler? The cops call in this guy

    Marty Kupersmith, snake whisperer



    You’re known as a snake whisperer? How did you earn that name?...

    • Aug 30, 2017 12:35 pm
  • The Wawayanda Six and what they knew

    The Wawayanda Six and what they knew

    They purposefully got arrested for blocking the entrance to a power plant, arguing in court that there are times – as in...

    • Jul 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • Swan song

    Swan song

    I write this on my deck in dappled sunlight, in the house in which I’ve lived for almost 18 years. Like many people my...

    • Jun 27, 2017 03:15 pm
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