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

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH $1,000,000? Community Fund Taking Shape in Kingston

On February 25, you’re invited to Tilda’s Kitchen to take part in the ninth and final open forum that will help determine the shape of the Kingston Community Fund, an initiative led by the Good Work Institute that aims to help democratize the distribution of wealth in these parts. Initial funding for the fund will […]


INGREDIENTS • 1 large butternut squash with a long and thick neck  – peeled, seeded • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces • 3 fresh oregano sprigs • 4 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper INSTRUCTIONS   1. […]


Microgreens are harvested young, just a week or two after seed germination. All of the energy that would go into making a large, leafy plant is concentrated in tender, tasty little sprigs of goodness. They’re rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and more, and can be up to 40 times as nutritionally […]


I came home last fall after ten years away, amidst a huge life emergency, and the minute our tires hit Catskills pavement I knew in my core that we’d be okay, and I was right. As sure as the river keeps flowing and the mountain winds blowing, there’s a broad, deep and wide Current of […]


The last time the US economy saw high inflation, in the 1970s, President Gerald Ford attempted to rally the country to “Whip Inflation Now.” You could sign a pledge to conserve and cut back and receive a WIN button meant to evoke a sense of WWII-era solidarity.


INGREDIENTS – English Cucumbers quartered and cut into 1 inch pieces – Sugar – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – Green Beans trimmed – Scallions cut into 2 to 3 inch pieces – Olive Oil – Lemon Zest plus 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice – Chopped fresh Dill DIRECTIONS Set-up grill for direct […]

June Recipe

INGREDIENTS For the salad – 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar – 2 Tbsp. honey – 8 cups of mixed salad greens – 1 Tbsp. olive oil – 3/4 lb. sugar snap peas – 1/2 cup whole unsalted roasted almonds – 1/4 tsp. coarse salt – 1 cup sliced strawberries For the crostinis – 1 baguette – […]

Midtown Talking: Room for Growth?

Does the Kingston population have room for growth? Midtown Lively hit the streets to hear from neighbors. We appreciate and value what the Midtown community is saying. Here are some of their opinions:

The New Economics: Virtues of the Old Economy

Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Country Wisdom News.  This might be a bit of a surprising topic, especially if you read last month’s column in which I talked about the “old economics, in which money is king, competition can be brutal, human values are ignored, and the environment is not even on […]

Homespun Goodness: the apple

Known as the king of all fruits, the apple is found in every farmstand at this time of the year.   They are considered to be one of the oldest fruits in existence.  In fact, humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC. Apple trees grown from seed are called “heterozygous,” which basically means having […]

Venture Fest: SUNY New Paltz

The Venture Fest at SUNY New Paltz on October 13th will be a showcase of many of the makers and innovators in our region. One exciting component of the day-long educational event is the Evergreen Water Solutions Accelerator. The Evergreen Water Solutions Accelerator supports cohorts of early-stage companies addressing water challenges with innovative manufactured products […]

Book Review: Put Your Money Where Your Life Is

“As so many Americans feel powerless to confront a financial system designed to serve the few, Shuman offers us real choices: tools that align our lives with our values. That’s power. I love this highly readable, timely, surprising book.”  —Frances Moore Lappé, author of Daring Democracy and Diet for a Small Planet  Americans agree on […]

Local Economics: Putting “Made in the Hudson Valley” Back on the Worldwide Map

Once upon a time, the Hudson Valley was famous for making things: bricks in Kingston, cars in Tarrytown, natural cement in Rosendale, antennas in Ellenville and much, much more. And for about forty years in the late 20th century, the landscape and economy in many areas were largely dominated by IBM, the company that drove […]

Nature of Exchange Dinners: September 2021

I like to think of my vegetable garden as a community. Tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and corn. Each fruit or vegetable has its own unique personality, yet they all share a common goal, a goal not far off from our own human desires. But plants are just non-thinking, non-feeling, senseless beings…. Or are they? I’m not […]

The New Economics: The Special Proposal

Originally printed in the July 2012 Issue of Country Wisdom News. The field we call New Economics abounds with ideas and projects intended to help build a just, prosperous and environmentally sane economy. In this column I’d like to tie together and complete several lines of reasoning taken up in my last three columns, all […]

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

What is an inclusive and sustainable social pact? We are in a decade that demands solutions and changes from all. Many bet on innovation and a better infrastructure to improve the quality of life and generate sustainable and inclusive growth. The United Nations, bets too. In fact, it wants to fulfill these objectives, in nine […]

The Currency Corner: Community Currency Quiz!

Hello Livelihood and “Currency Corner” Readers! For this month, instead of an article, we will be conducting a “Community Currency Challenge Quiz,” to encourage readers to do their own research and learn about community currencies (CCs).  Below are 20 questions about community currency or related topics. The first person to get all 20 questions correct […]

Nature of Exchange Dinners: June 2021

Summer is in the air, and with it’s arrival comes the fabulous seasonal produce the Hudson Valley is famous for. Join Tilda’s chefs every Friday in June to celebrate one of these special ingredients.  The feature for June 4 will be rhubarb. This easy to grow perennial is technically a vegetable, but is most commonly […]

The New Economics: Elemental Economics

The matrix of ideas and attitudes about economics is perhaps a bit like soil. Various soils are more or less fertile, and soil can also be degraded through overuse—or contaminated, as we see with modern-day industrial farming. In the same way, our economic thought systems have great potential for understanding, but are clouded by culture, […]

Currency Corner: Building Trust in Using Currents

In this edition of “Currency Corner,” we discuss the challenge of building trust in using local currency and identify steps to address this challenge.  The challenges of building community trust in using a local currency is not unique to the Current: Currencies around the world face this challenge. For example, in a study of digital […]

The New Economics: The Age of Capital

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of Country Wisdom News. The new economics is about working toward a way of thinking and acting that is valid for our present day world. To put it ironically, it’s an economics “as if the human race were capable of learning something.” Of course we are capable of […]

Currency Corner: Promoting Environmental Goals with Complementary Currencies

In this edition of “Currency Corner,” we explore how community currencies can promote sustainability and healthy communities.  A currency can function as a savings and reward system where credits can be earned when citizens participate in environmentally sustainable activities such as switching to a green energy provider or bringing waste to a local recycling center. […]

Friday Nature of Exchange Dinners: April Veggies

Starting April 2, and every following Friday there will be an evening of exchange celebrating local, seasonal food through cooking, dining and conversation at Tilda’s Kitchen on Broadway in Kingston. Each week a treasure grown or produced in the Hudson Valley will be the debutant of the ball. A team of local chefs will create […]

The Currency Corner: An Interview with Dr. Leanne Ussher

An Interview with Dr. Leanne Ussher, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at Bard College and Local Currency Engineer at Hudson Valley Current. In this edition of “Currency Corner,” Michael Marks interviews the co-author of the monthly column, Dr. Leanne Ussher. Leanne has unique life and professional experiences that we believe readers will find […]

The New Economics: The Three Economies

Originally Published in the March 2012 Issue of Country Wisdom News. By: David McCarthy I would like to share an emerging framework I’m developing that could be helpful in understanding and discussing economics. This framework points out and distinguishes three kinds of economies happening simultaneously in human society: the tangible economy, the symbolic economy, and […]

Women Economists: Putting Heart Into the Ways and Means

The year was 1994 and about a dozen of us sat in the SUNY Empire State College (ESC) group-study room at the edge of the New Paltz campus watching a video on an old-school TV. A man with outlandishly styled hair and curiously feral demeanor was outlining a list of policy changes he claimed would […]

What’s Your Financial Profile?

During these long, COVID winter evenings, our minds tend to wander toward thoughts of sitting on a warm beach, sipping a margarita, and listening to the sounds of the waves lapping at our feet. Just as your shoulders melt away from your ears and the breath begins to deepen, you’re jolted awake from the fantasy […]

New Economics: Civil Credit and Civil Money

Published in Country Wisdom News, February 2012 issue Right around now is a great time to be interested in alternative economic thinking. The uncertainties and injustices we are all going through have created a lot of motivation for new thinking and new directions of action. A lot of smart people are getting involved and working […]

Currency Corner: Community Currencies and Universal Basic Income Initiatives

The focus of this issue is alerting readers to current activities regarding Universal Basic Income Initiatives (UBIs) and growing interest in including Community Currencies, like our Current, in these initiatives. UBIs, in their purest form, provide every adult with a regular government paid fixed income. The basic income payment does not require that a person […]

Black Women-Owned Business Directory: Part 2

In 2017, the Institute for Policy Studies and Prosperity Now published a report stating that “if the racial wealth divide is left unattended,” then the median wealth for black Americans will fall to $0 by 2053.  But that was before COVID-19. Given how the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated American inequality, that day may come […]

Our Harvest: Some Like It Hot! Horseradish

Horseradish is a perennial plant in the Brassicaceae family, along with mustard, broccoli, cabbage, and its fierce cousin, wasabi. This root vegetable is cultivated worldwide as a spice, condiment, herbal medicine as well as a religious symbol.  The name has nothing to do with horses, in fact it is poisonous to horses. The name was […]

It’s All in the Flow: Creative Pandemic Responses Around Our Valley

Farewells are tough. Change is tough. And if tough times make tough people, well, we’re getting to be a pretty tough bunch. Not tough as in hard and dried up—tough as in strong and adaptable. Wiser. The world is coming into focus in new ways.  People planning weddings have chafed at gathering limits and then […]

The Currency Corner: We are ALL Assets!

By: Dr. Michael B. Marks and Dr. Leanne Ussher  In the inaugural issue of “The Currency Corner,” we described the Hudson Valley Current (HVC), and the importance of joining this local ecosystem of exchanges in order to promote local businesses, and ensure their growth and survivability—especially during the pandemic. We noted that through a closed […]

What Many Black Business Women Need Right Now

Over the past six months, we’ve seen our social, political, and economic structures falter under the weight of this pandemic. Where the federal government failed, state and county officials have tried to ease our communities suffering. But digging deeper into the stories of the business owners featured in the first installment of our Black Woman-Owned […]

Hidden Gem

In the Solanaceae family, directly related to tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant is a delicious  little orange gem with many names: goldenberry, husk cherry, ground cherry, Cape gooseberry, strawberry tomato, poha Berry and Cossak pineapple, yet this little fruit is not a cherry nor a pineapple. Physalis pruinosa, otherwise known as husk cherry or ground cherry, […]

The New Economics: The Ironies of Plutocracy

Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2011 It’s wonderful to think about many of the new and positive economic ideas that are available to us these days—and maybe even to take action on some of them. But I’m afraid we risk impotence and even irrelevance if we don’t see and understand a tiny little elephant in […]

The New Economics: Economics As If…

Reprint: Originally Published in September 2011 Issue of Country Wisdom News Small is Beautiful, the groundbreaking book by E.F. Schumacher, appeared in 1973. Its subtitle, Economics as if People Mattered, was as brilliant as the title itself. Small is Beautiful (so worth reading if you haven’t) was a passionate cry for thoughts and actions that […]

The path to Livelihood: How this publication came to be

In August of 2010, the first issue of what was then Country Wisdom News appeared in Ulster and Dutchess counties, having grown from an emailed newsletter to a printed four-page monthly broadsheet. Today, in September 2020, we’re Livelihood magazine. Remember the excitement of turning 10? Two whole digits! Life’s full of adventure and fun, partly […]

The Currency Corner

By: Dr. Leanne Ussher and Dr. Michael B. Marks Hello Livelihood Readers: This is the inaugural column of what we are calling “The Currency Corner”. The Currency Corner will provide data and information about our community currency—the Current.   Hudson Valley Current (HVC) membership means you join a local ecosystem to exchange goods, incubate projects, and […]

Our Harvest: Elderberry

Hypocrites, the father of medicine, referred to the elderberry bush as his “medicine chest.” With the changing light in the sky, you can feel the dog days of summer are coming to an end. Fall brings with it the cooler nights, cozy sweaters, and the excitement of returning to school. What it also seems to […]

Hudson Valley Black Women-Owned Business Directory: Part One

From personal wealth disparities and a lack of access to business capital to disproportionate effects of COVID-19 along racial and gender lines, black women entrepreneurs have an intersectional disadvantage in today’s marketplace. They are also a critical key to boosting our local economy.  As Geri Stengel pointed out in Forbes, “if women-of-color matched the number […]

Hudson Valley Values: Pulling Together While “It” Falls Apart

(Photo by Jeff Anzevino) We’re witnessing the implosion of a lot of really bad ideas right now: racism, militarism, predatory capitalism. It turns out that these approaches to survival as a species, let alone a body politic, just aren’t holding up to the test of time. Really. Who knew? Sarcasm aside, only a whole lot […]

Meet Two Women Taking On the Local Charge of Structural Racism and COVID Relief in the Hudson Valley

On June 3, Kingston’s Walk 4 Black Lives drew hundreds to learn, commune, and stand in solidarity against police brutality and systemic racism. Seeing the event’s impact, Marine Nimblette and Maggie Noe—Kingston High School graduates and rising sophomores at Northeastern University and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively—wanted to take action themselves. They were familiar […]