Three Cool Earth-Bermed Homes in the Hudson Valley

Sobering fact: the energy needed to heat, cool and power all U.S. homes accounts for 20% of national emissions. While we keep nominally improving our boxy domiciles, some have abandoned the modern home model in favor of living within the...

Getting Back to Hudson Valley-Milled Grain

Earlier this year, research published in The Journal of Food Science revealed that “whole grain” foods marketed across the United States contain as little as 9 percent actual whole grain. The discrepancy results from there being no certification guaranteeing whole...

The Valley’s Fall Birdwatching Forecast

by Jacqueline Dooley If you stand outside at about 9:30 p.m. and listen quietly, you might hear the distinctive “wheet” calls of the Swainson’s Thrush as they migrate south from as far north as Quebec, through New York State, and...
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Recycling’s Robotic Frontier

To understand the challenges at the root of municipal recycling programs, check out a video clip from the TV satire “Portlandia.” In a segment called “Which bin does it go in?” a character played by Fred Armesin says, “Now there...

Vertical Farming Grows Up in Poughkeepsie

In the shadow of the Walkway Over the Hudson sits a plain white shipping container. It reads as overflow storage for the Poughkeepsie restaurant Farmers & Chefs. From the restaurant’s ample terrace, patrons would just think it’s part of the...
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Bioplastics as a Climate Solution

Plastic isn’t just a pollution problem or a health problem — it’s also a climate change problem. The impacts of plastic waste on oceans and shorelines are have been devastating. And a 2019 study by the University of Newcastle in...

Vertical Gardening at Home

A decade ago, Bryan Meador was an art student in New York City alienated by too much concrete. He felt far from Oklahoma, where he’d grown up gardening with his Cherokee grandparents. Wandering city streets in search of natural inspiration,...

Carbon-Neutral Shipping on the Hudson

These days the Hudson River can feel like a car barrier — something to cross on a bridge or drive alongside. But originally this curving waterway was the region’s superhighway. A pilot project is nudging the Hudson Valley to return...

Celebrating Champions of Farming & Food Justice

Learn more about farmers and activists fighting for food justice, as well as other grassroots environmentalists in our People Who Make a Difference virtual gallery tour. Everybody deserves to eat healthy, nutritious food. Unfortunately, not everyone in our society has...