A Sense of Place
Hudson River tugs seen from Crailo State Historic Site’s Harvest Faire

Hudson River tugs seen from Crailo State Historic Site’s Harvest Faire

Stumbled upon this interesting gem in Cohoes. Must do more research.

Stumbled upon this interesting gem in Cohoes. Must do more research.

I rather like this part of the temporary art shuffle that is going on now at the Empire State Plaza. They go well together. (Does stacking two paintings together count as an assemblage? Found art?)

I rather like this part of the temporary art shuffle that is going on now at the Empire State Plaza. They go well together. (Does stacking two paintings together count as an assemblage? Found art?)

Front yard fungus

Front yard fungus

Garden at Bellafield at lunchtime #thv14 #RooseveltNHS (at Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site)

Garden at Bellafield at lunchtime #thv14 #RooseveltNHS (at Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site)

I had an exploring kind of lunch break today. A little fresh air and a little great art are refreshing before tackling the afternoon tasks.

On Saturday, June 14th, I got to spend the day at the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market talking to market goers about Teaching the Hudson Valley, place-based education, and this year’s THV Summer Institute, Farms and Food, Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up. My full post about the day is over on the THV blog.

In addition to talking with adults, I also enlisted the help of some kids to collect oral histories of some of the farmers and other producers that were at the market. Excerpts of their interviews are in the THV blog post, but I wanted to share the full interviews here:

Alana from Moon Goddess Herbals, interviewed by Anna O’Shea (Age 11)
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
Working with plants, connects to Mother Earth

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
Interacting with different people

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Making creams, growing calendula

Lover’s Leap Farm, interviewed by Anna O’Shea (Age 11)
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
Being outside in nature

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
People they meet

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Pigs—baby pigs

Hetty Jarvis from Worldling’s Pleasure, interviewed by Emma (Age 11) & Lauren (Age 7) Stigi
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
Interacting with people- likes customer service a lot

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
How nice everyone is; always good music

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Growing garlic and making the 7 herbs cheese
[Emma did a drawing to go along with her interview, check it out on the THV Blog]

Hoosic Valley Apiary, interviewed by Lauren Stigi (Age 7)
Honey in the box (with the bees) for two weeks.
How do you take it to the stores? Honey spins in a machine and pours into a bottle.  
[Lauren did a drawing to go with her interview, which is available on the THV blog]

Kim Eisen from R’eisen Shine Farm, interviewed by Grace Alberg (Age 5)
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
Getting to hang out with the animals; love being outside all year long

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
Getting to meet new people all the time

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Turkeys because they make funny noises

[Grace’s drawing of a chicken is on the THV blog]


Shereen from Ardith Mae Farmstead Goat Cheese, Interviewed by Annabel Cleary (Age 10)
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
It is really beautiful to see it

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
She likes the community atmosphere

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Goat cheese

Emily from Funk Farms, Interviewed by Anabel Cleary (Age 10)
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
The experience

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
The people

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Fudge cups because they’re fun and easy

[Anabel’s drawing of a Fudge cup from Funk Farms is on the THV blog]

Shelly from Roxbury Farm, Interviewed by Jessica Loskowitz (Age 20)
What is your favorite part about your profession? What makes you love what you do?
Harvest! She likes keeping people happy and healthy

What do you like about being at the farmers’ market?
The live music!

What is your favorite thing to grow/make?
Melons

Thank you to all of the kids who helped out with the interviews, and to all of the farmers they talked with!

Interested in the topic of teaching about Farms and Food? Visit the THV website for more on this year’s Summer Institute!

Tomorrow morning and early afternoon, I will be at the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market, sharing information about Teaching the Hudson Valley and place-based education! This year’s THV Summer Institute is all about food, farms, and sustainability (and place-based education, of course!), so the farmers’ market is the perfect venue to talk about it. I’ve also got a fun activity for kids, to help them get to know their local farmers and crafters… and children who participate will have their writings and drawings on the THV facebook page or blog. Come check out the market tomorrow, and stop by the Teaching the Hudson Valley table!

Tomorrow morning and early afternoon, I will be at the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market, sharing information about Teaching the Hudson Valley and place-based education! This year’s THV Summer Institute is all about food, farms, and sustainability (and place-based education, of course!), so the farmers’ market is the perfect venue to talk about it. I’ve also got a fun activity for kids, to help them get to know their local farmers and crafters… and children who participate will have their writings and drawings on the THV facebook page or blog. Come check out the market tomorrow, and stop by the Teaching the Hudson Valley table!

Goodbye museum, it’s been a pretty good 4.5 years! (at Columbia County Museum, Columbia County Historical Society)

Goodbye museum, it’s been a pretty good 4.5 years! (at Columbia County Museum, Columbia County Historical Society)

nprmusic:

Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94.
Photo: Wiqan Ang for NPR

Sad day for the Hudson River Valley.

nprmusic:

Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94.

Photo: Wiqan Ang for NPR

Sad day for the Hudson River Valley.