A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

Hudson Valley Pollinators: Wild Hive Farm

Wild Hive Farm produces locally grown and milled flour unlike anything available in most supermarkets. Over his decades-long career, owner Don Lewis has been a baker, miller, retailer, and an educator. His thorough knowledge of all aspects of grain production has led to superior products as well as outreach initiatives that are changing food culture […]

Mother Earth’s Storehouse

Since Chris Schneider first opened the flagship location of Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston 38 years ago, the local health food store chain has become a Hudson Valley institution. The first store opened in the King’s Mall shopping center in 1978, long before the local and organic food trend began to garner mainstream attention. “This […]

The Natural Pet Center

Michele Zigrossi is passionate about nutrition, and holds a bachelors of science in human food nutrition. After working with people for a number of years, her love of animals eventually prompted Michele to shift her focus from human health to pet health. In 2010, The Natural Pet Center in Gardiner opened for business. “Working with […]

Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market

“I’m in beer,” says Rod Johnson, owner of Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market in Rhinebeck. The pub opened in May 2010, and was the creation of Culinary Institute of America graduates who happened to be friends of Rod. “I helped them out on weekends and such from 2011 through 2012, and on June 1, […]

Oakwood Friends School Graduate Looks to a Green Future

Beauregard Duval is a pollinator of the future. The University of Vermont freshman is majoring in environmental science, but his interest in the environment began through programs he participated in right here in the Hudson Valley. From grades seven through twelve, Duval attended Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie. “It’s a small Quaker school,” he explains. […]

Little Lambs Academy: Not Just Another Daycare

Kelly Kohler was looking for quality childcare for her own three children when she (quite literally) realized her dream of opening a daycare center. “I had a dream where I opened up a center, and it was beautiful and clean, and every single caregiver was loving, happy, nurturing and caring. It was like a big […]

New Radio Show Covers Community Health & Wellness

New to the airwaves, Healthy Ulster Radio is spreading the message that healthy individuals are a product of healthy communities. Hosted by Ulster County Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith and Director of Community Health Relations Vincent Martello, the weekly show takes on a variety of topics ranging from the Zika virus to food insecurity. […]

Prime Print Shop: Putting People Above Profit

Prime Printing in Poughkeepsie isn’t your typical copy shop. Opened during the world-wide economic slump of 2008, the shop survived its first tenuous years by putting people above profits—an approach that has created a strong customer base and allowed the business to thrive. In the late 1990s, owner Daniel Clark was working for a competing […]

Hammond Barn Wood Creations: Where Imperfection is Key

Pine Bush, NY—“It all started off with my wife saying, ‘Dale, I want a coffee table,’” says Dale Hammond, owner of Hammond Barn Wood Creations. Hammond comes from a family with skilled hands—his father was a roofer and carpenter, and his brother was in construction. Be that as it may, he himself had never before […]

Local Wisdom: The Legend of Abe Waruch

Dance on Friday to the Hillbilly music I’m a likeable chap, the girls all say I’ll tumble your outhouse over as a prank Do what I do when they call me Abe Now in his 90s, Abe Waruch has long put his days of upending outhouses behind him, but he’s still a likeable chap. The […]

Smart Beer: Local Company Serves up New York’s First Organic Beer

NEW PALTZ, NY—Headquartered in New Paltz and produced in Saratoga, Smart Beer is New York’s first and only organic beer company. Since its launch last November, the fledgling brand has seen its distribution rapidly expand. Smart Beer’s IPA and Golden Ale are offered in Westchester, New York City, and Long Island, and this July, the […]

BeaconArts: Nonprofit Hosts Area Artists and Promotes Tourism Scene

BEACON, NY— Last year, Dia in Beacon was host to approximately 85,000 visitors, and the museum’s growing popularity has put its host city on the map as an upstate getaway for those seeking a dose of culture in the Hudson Valley. Beacon’s increasingly hip reputation has also been bolstered by BeaconArts, a non-profit organization created […]

Kingston YMCA Farm project

by Jodi LaMarco The Kingston YMCA Farm project is the brainchild of farmer and educator Kaycee Wimbish and Lee Anne Albritton, the center’s former childcare director. Albritton has since gone across the river to become director of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, but Wimbish remains at the YMCA, implementing creative programs for kids and providing access […]

Beahive Hudson Valley

by Jodi LaMarco Inspired by a movement known as coworking, Beahive is a place where independent workers can connect with like-minded peers. Working at Beahive has a number of perks. At home, it’s easy to get sidetracked by the cats or the kids, and public spaces such as coffee shops can be equally distracting. In […]

Hudson Valley Pollinator: Rondout Valley Organics Member Goods

By Jodi LaMarco   “You think of food deserts as urban areas that don’t have grocery stores, but there are also rural areas that are food deserts,” says Katie Scott-Childress, director of the Olive Library. “Olive happens to be one of them.” The Town of Olive sits right beside the Ashokan Reservoir, where natural beauty abounds, […]

Hudson Valley Pollinator: Poughkeepsie Farm Project

by Jodi LaMarco   Situated on 15 acres in the heart of the city, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project is changing the way people think about their food. Not only does PFP serve as a local CSA, it also offers a kaleidoscope of programs for children, educators, and the community at large. Through a grant from […]

The Cary Institute

by Jodi LaMarco The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is an independent research center that has been tackling regional and global environmental problems for more than 30 years. Scientists at the institute in Millbrook have investigated issues ranging from the health of the Hudson River watershed to climate change. Combined with a stellar community outreach […]

Westwind Orchard

In the 1990s, Italian-born Fabio Chizzola was living in New York City when he began making trips upstate to rock climb in the Shawangunk Mountains. When the attraction of the Hudson Valley became too strong to resist, Fabio and his wife Laura Ferrara went looking for a house here. Instead, they found a farm. As […]