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

Sprouts for the Win

This is the season of sprout. As  a verb, sprout is synonymous with spring, and means both the fresh growth itself and the activity it’s engaged in. The sprouts are sprouting up all over the place, tough but tender, on a sunward journey to transformation. Grab a rake on any patch of dirt and you’re […]


Under our feet is a 32 square mile swath of limestone stretching from Kingston down to High Falls. And from 1825 till 1910, the earth here gave up sixteen million bags a year of the finest natural cement you could buy. The cement industry literally made the town of Rosendale. Rosendale cement, was used in […]

August Events

2nd Annual DRAW-A-THON!! Join us at the D.R.A.W. Studio on August 6th for a 12-hour drawing marathon! From 10 AM-10 PM we will have the floors, walls and windows of the D.R.A.W. Studio covered with paper and ready for you to draw all over it. We will have artist-led drawing prompts, workshops and, of course, […]


For the first two weeks of summer, I went to summer camp. During summer camp, a group of other camp members and I went on what they called a “mini-trip”. It consisted of backpacking, camping, and eating trail food for three nights and four days. It was a lot of fun, and we had to […]


July 4th Fireworks Display The City of Kingston plans to celebrate the Fourth of July in style with a fireworks display. Sponsored by Ole Savannah and O’Connor & Partners, the fireworks will be set off from a barge in the Rondout Creek and will be visible from TR Gallo Park, just after dark. There will […]


Ah, freedom. It’s a word that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The forest has many different examples of freedom. Birds fly freely wherever they want, and animals that don’t fly can also roam to their hearts desire.  You can also see freedom in the smallest things, like […]


Releasing into Process $35 ($30 for ASK Members) 18 and up. In this class we will allow for spontaneous movement, stillness, and imagination. Using poetic imagery and various sound environments we can cultivate a heightened awareness of our integrated internal and external landscapes, bringing us into the present moment. Through our practice we create the […]

A Late Spring Walk

It’s June now, and the sun is shining. All of the trees have gotten their leaves back, and the grass grows taller every day. The woods seem as welcoming and beautiful as ever, and you go on a little hike to get some fresh air and see the new greenery and flowers all around you. […]

Plants Grow Smart & So Can Towns

According to “Revitalization Opportunities Report for Kingston Midtown,” a 2019 study prepared by Ulster County, Midtown — defined as the 270 acres around the intersection of the CSX rail line with Broadway — had 3,413 residents at the time and was growing much faster than the city as a whole. It’s the most racially diverse part of Ulster County, the youngest (about a quarter of the residents at that time were 15 or under) and the brokest, with one in five households surviving on less than $15,000 a year.

Nature of Exchange Dinners: July 2021

Summer is here! With so much delicious local produce available, it’s hard to choose which delectable ingredient to build your meal around. Every Friday at Tilda’s Kitchen, our fabulous chefs will guide you through your meal-making collaboration from start to finish, and then you can stick around for local open mic entertainment 8-10pm. On July […]

Member Maker: Hudson Valley Seed Company

This month, our featured Current member is the Hudson Valley Seed Company. We reached out to co-founder Doug Muller to learn more about the company and why they use Currents.  Please describe the work you do at the Hudson Valley Seed Company.     I am one of the co-founders of the business and currently run […]

Reclaiming Paradise Through a Democracy of Species

Your body is a democracy. At the cellular level, the best estimate is that you have about 724 trillion citizens; at the microbial level, it’s more like 100 thousand billion, with around 1,200 different species in your intestines alone. Much of the time, this vast, populous democracy functions extremely well, or you would not be […]

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy

In this column, I want to explore how clean energy is the primary measure to solve our climate problems. If we can expand clean energy, such as solar energy, we can take a decisive step in reducing carbon emissions. The truth is that we generate CO2 in so many ways, with our transportation routes, with […]

La Onu Objetivos De Desarrollo Sostenible: Energía Asequible Y No Contaminante

En esta columna quiero explorar cómo la energía limpia es la medida primordial para resolver nuestros problemas climáticos. Si logramos expandir la energía limpia, tal como la energía solar, podremos dar un paso decisivo en la reducción de emisiones de carbono. Lo cierto es que generamos CO2 de tantas maneras, con nuestras vías de transportación, […]

Who Owns That? Baby Steps Toward a Sharing Economy of Land Use

Land. As the saying goes, they aren’t making any more of it. There are around 57,308,738 square miles of land on the planet, over half of which (57%) is uninhabitable desert and mountain terrain. That leaves 24,642,757 square miles or 15.77 billion acres where around 8 billion humans can live. So how did we manage […]

Got Goats? The benefits of raising goats in your own backyard

By: Rebecca Horwitz Originally Published in the March 2012 Issue of Country Wisdom News. One of the beauties of living in Ulster County is that many of us enjoy the experience of raising animals right in our own backyards. My neighbor down the street has hens in her average-sized, fenced yard; others have rabbits in […]

The Long Wait is Almost Over

Originally Published in the March 2011 Issue of Country Wisdom News. By: Ed Mues Spring, and nice weather, and the longing to get back into the yard and garden are the thoughts that preoccupy so many of us these days. After the cold and dreary days of winter, we can almost smell the soil bursting […]

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Life on Land

Our very existence on this Earth depends on other species. What I have to say about life on Earth in this column has a lot to do with what Sir David Attenborough has explained in a Netflix documentary called, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, and of course, the statements of the United Nations […]

Las Naciones Unidas Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible: Vida en la Tierra

Nuestra propia existencia en esta Tierra depende de las otras especies en ella Lo que tenga que decir en sobre la vida en la tierra en esta columna, tiene que ver mucho con lo que Sir David Attenborough ha explicado en un documental de Netflix llamado, David Attenborough: Una Vida en Nuestro Planeta, y por […]

Three Garden Edibles Go Wild

Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2010 We all love vegetables. From the early harvests of spinach to the gathering of pumpkins before the first frost, vegetables provide us with a healthy and (hopefully) bountiful season. The sight of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and other staples in a home backyard is always a pleasure. However, there are […]

Well, Here We Are: Some Ideas For a Great Hudson Valley Staycation

This 2020 of ours is not looking like the best moment in history for interstate or international travel, which is frustrating. Lots of us have loved ones and favorite places that are temporarily out of reach.  That said, if you’ve gotta be stuck somewhere, there are much worse places than the Hudson Valley. In non-pandemic […]


Ever since we humans first cultivated plants, we’ve cursed encroaching weeds. And what were those weeds? The same plants as today, that is, any plants growing where they were not wanted. So along with pigweed and creeping Charlie, self-sown tomato seedlings from last year’s fallen fruits also count as weeds in my garden. The hoes […]


During an entire year, a meager three-hundredths of an inch of rain falls on Arica, Chile, yet halfway across the Pacific in the Hawaiian Archipelago, Mount Waialeale receives a sopping 460 inches. Here in the Hudson Valley, all of northeastern US, in fact, we have a congenial climate for growing plants—at least those plants we […]

Planting for Victory: Government’s Love/Hate Affair With the Garden

Back before the Industrial Revolution when the Great Pirates decided they needed us to go indoors and mass produce things for them to sell back to us, hardly anyone needed to be reminded to garden—certainly not those who weren’t wealthy, and the wealthy would simply make someone else do the weeding. One of the first […]

Grow Blueberries!!

I contend that anyone who gardens and doesn’t plant blueberries is a fool. Yes, this is a harsh statement, but consider how easy blueberries are to grow. Insect and disease pests are insignificant; pruning needs are minimal. I grow all sorts of common and uncommon fruits, each suffering from the occasional vagaries of pests and […]

Story of Earth: A Candid Interview With Gaia

As best we humans have been able to decipher, Planet Earth pulled herself together from star remnants about 4.54 billion years ago. “This universe doesn’t really let much go to waste,” notes Gaia, as she’s asked to be called for purposes of our story. “It may seem to humans to be full of odds and […]

Let Your Silver Dollars Grow Themselves

Whoever said that money doesn’t grow on trees was right. It grows on a small, bushy plant. Just one type of currency, though: silver dollars. You have a couple of options in planning your investment with the aptly named silver dollar plant (Lunaria annua). For quickest returns, sow seed indoors in a seedling flat, filled […]

Harvesting Our Valley’s New Ag Future – Hudson Valley Startup Funds Consolidated Harvest

By Paul Smart You know agriculture’s shifted when it becomes the apple in the eye of key investment firms. Take Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s recent announcement of its decision to invest in Consolidated Harvest Company LLC, following earlier investments in a variety of innovative online businesses and a shrimp farm, among other regional entities. Consolidated […]

This land is our land: Land trusts take on urban missions

By Anne Pyburn Craig When you think of “land trust,” what comes to mind? Habitat, farmland, and open space preservation? Conservation easements? It’s largely due to the hard work of land trusts, their affiliates, and fans that the Hudson Valley has stayed as lovely as it is, with drop dead gorgeous vistas and farm fresh […]

Overcoming Entropy & Gravity: The Gunks

By Erica Paige Schumacher We had to arrive early to the Mohonk Preserve parking area to purchase a day pass and grab a trail map. It’s a struggle to locate a parking area that is not replete with cars, gear, and stickers from Nepal to Yosemite on any sunny weekend day.  Some go during the […]

Honoring its Roots: Historic Herb Farm Carries on Original Mission

By Erica Paige Schumacher The Hudson Valley is filled with important landscape artists, local nurseries, farmers, seed-savers, and stewards of its beautiful, mysterious ecosystem. But if you’ve ever felt the pull to explore the Tweefontein Herb Farm and apothecary, it’s worth the visit. Chris Boelsen and Jill Battista are herbalists and wildcrafters who offer a […]

Building a Farming System Fit for the Future

By Martin Kirk Farming is not for the faint of heart. It requires passion, dedication, perseverance, and a lot of ingenuity. This is especially true if you are not just trying to be successful as a stand-alone farmer but also help transform the very way we do farming to make it more just, equitable, and […]

Herb Gardens – Wild Plant Foraging and Conscious Gardening with Dina Falconi

By Erica Paige Schumacher Somewhere between the imaginative lands of “How Does Your Garden Grow?” and the Beatles’ song, “Let it Be,” lies an untrammeled path of conscious cultivation that may lead us somewhere new, yet very old, and perhaps somewhat wild (in a good way). To a place of balance with nature, at least […]

On Villaging: POOP TO SOIL

By Helen Zuman Let’s talk about poop. I live in Beacon; I walk six miles per day. Occasionally, in the neighborhoods lining Fishkill Creek, I’ve smelled sewage—poop mixed with water. I’ve also smelled this when passing the plant at Dennings Point, where poop goes to be mistreated, i.e., laced with chemicals. Sure, the scent repels […]

The Yardavore

Dear neighbors and other folks,     It’s been wonderful to contribute The Yardavore to this publication for the last seven years — 87 columns about eating delicious homegrown food, both cultivated and wild. Far from becoming bored with the subject, the more I research and practice eating local foods, the more I realize that […]

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Faked Out Identifying Counterfeit Food by Maria Reidelbach     There’s no getting around it; even though there are many great reasons for eating locally grown foods—deliciousness, health, support for our local farms, economy and environment—it’s usually more expensive than the packaged products in our supermarkets. With budgets tightening, why is it worth it spend […]

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Microgreen Bucks by Maria Reidelbach     Well, here we are again, the coldest, darkest part of the year, with nothing to look forward to but February. I think it’s my eyes that are the most deprived, starved to see something verdant. But I’d also love to eat something green, ideally homegrown. In past winters […]

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Happiness Runs by Maria Reidelbach    Giving gifts is a way to help us all get through the dark, cold days of December, to bring some joy to a family member or friend. The act of giving makes us happy, too, and brain science has proven it.    If you read last month’s column you […]

The Honeybees’ Gift of Spirit and Life

By Grai St. Clair Rice     Honeybees hold a special place in the realm of gifting, and they give without question or concepts of reciprocity. The history of gifting across human cultures has often defined communities, and yet it is unlikely that honeybees are conscious of gifting in the way contemporary society engages the […]

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So Happy Together By Maria Reidelbach     This month, I’m giving thanks for a new book that rocked my world. It’s not news that Americans are growing less healthy, that we are the first generation that will have a shorter lifespan than our parents, and that obesity is endemic. Surveys show that we are […]

Reclaiming Fruit Gone Feral

Bringing Historic Harvests Back To Life By Harry Matthews     As fall gets underway with leaves changing color, the nights getting cooler, and the days shorter, it’s not an uncommon sight to pass an old overgrown apple or pear tree studded with ripening fruit left unpicked.     Why is this, you might wonder? […]

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Corn-Ventions by Maria Reidelbach     Growing up, my Uncle Ferd said that if you wanted sweet corn for dinner, you had to get a pot of water boiling on the stove, then go out to the field and pick the corn, running as fast as you could back to the bubbling pot. If you […]

Living With The Ursine

They Say a Fed Bear is a Dead Bear                By Harry Matthews     Ursus americanus americanus, otherwise known as the eastern black bear, is our local subspecies of the widespread American ursine. As many of us live within its range of habitation it is inevitable that there will be sightings, run-ins, and potentially […]

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Stone Fruit By Maria Reidelbach     Peaches are the fruit that most closely resemble human flesh—that’s what pomologists say. It’s the gentle softness of a ripe peach and the minute fuzziness of the skin that has driven poets, from time immemorial and the world over, to erotic flights of fantasy. Bite into a fabulous […]

Casting An Eye Toward Trout

More than a sport, it’s an elegant art  By Harry Matthews     I never knew my mother’s father, let alone her grandfather, both of whom I was always told were avid trout fishermen. One thing I did know of them was the fly fishing gear I was lucky enough to inherit: a beautiful bamboo […]

Valley Visitors

Tourists Love To Love the Hudson Valley By Anne Pyburn Craig     Unless you live at the end of a dead-end road and do all your business online, you’ve probably noticed that our part of the world gets more visitors every year. Even if you do live at the end of that dead end […]

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Backyard Eggs by Maria Reidelbach     One of the many delights of living in the Hudson Valley is the abundance of backyard egg stands. Just about every two-lane road has a small, hand-lettered sign every couple of miles.     I love these little stands because they combine two of my favorite things: fresh, […]


We All Scream By Maria Reidelbach     An amazing, favorite treat we all enjoyed before memory, I think we take frozen desserts like ice cream and sorbet for granted. Despite being one of America’s most common desserts, ice creams, sherbets, sorbets, gelatos, granitas, ices and their friends are the most magical of foods—on a […]

The Yardavore: Boon Docks

BY MARIA REIDELBACH     One of the most interesting things about foraging and home-growing edible plants is discovering new taste treats—flavors you’ve never experienced or even imagined. For example, I’ve hunted wild mushrooms that smell crazily like fresh marzipan and, when cooked, taste like a combination of mushrooms and toasted almonds (the prince mushroom—Agaricus […]