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Kids’ Almanac: June 18-25

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman   FRIDAY, JUNE…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Food hubs, community kitchen incubators help entrepreneurs add value to Hudson Valley produce

Have you ever thought about making and selling that special dish or condiment or baked good that everyone you know begs you to make over and over? Do you have what it takes…

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Bumper crop of Hudson Valley food & drink festivals

  JUNE 2015 Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival, Saturday, June 20, 2-6 p.m. A 21+ event. Pre-sale tickets available, which include a tasting glass, beer and bourbon samples, bacon and other vendors, live…

“Planting” these shiitake mushrooms involved nothing more than pounding short lengths of wooden dowels, purchased with shiitake mushroom spawn growing in them, into numerous holes drilled in freshly cut pin oak logs. (photo by Wendell Smith)

Nice weather for ducks and mushrooms

Wouldn’t you know it: I write about the extended dry spell one week, and the next week – which is now – the rain comes and doesn’t let up. Not that all this…

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Kids’ Almanac (June 11-18)

“Practice self-care, be grateful for what you have, keep it in the day, be as honest as possible.” – Shana Falana, musician   SATURDAY, JUNE 13 St. John’s Summer Fair in Kingston Here’s…

The Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Mobile Market will work in conjunction with the Community Food Hub and Micro-Farm with the overall goal of providing nutritious foodstuffs and farm-to-table educational resources for community members in need.

Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Mobile Market to shrink city’s food desert

Living in the Hudson Valley has its food perqs, not the least of which is the availability of an incredible array of farm-fresh produce – unless you reside in an area where such…

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Planetary potpourri: Random observations from the observatory

The sky will get pretty spectacular later in June. So this particular moonless week is a good time to clear out some miscellaneous notes. To the ancients, the number six was unlucky but seven brought…

Lee with his soil-moisture probe (Lee Reich)

How to know when you’ve watered enough

Yes, little water has dropped from the sky this spring here in the Hudson Valley (as of this writing, at the end of May, at least – all of which could have changed…

The Beekman Boys will be among the high-profile guests at the Country Living Fair at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.

Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck to feature Fabulous Beekman Boys

The scenario of hapless city slickers gamely trying to make a go of living in the country is an old classic, from Aesop’s fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” and Shakespeare’s…

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Kids’ Almanac (June 4-11)

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.” – John Burroughs   Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm My daughter and I visited Rainbow’s End Butterfly…

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