Happy New Year! This year, let's all take a lesson from August and try to remember that sometimes you have to take action before you get both shoes on. Or socks, as the case may be.
Somehow October came and went and I didn't post a thing. It's been busy around here! Here are some pictures from the Ever Growing Family Farm that I shot in August for Edible Hudson Valley Magazine. Ever Growing is run by Dawn Hoyte and her husband Nfamara Badjie. They grow most of the same veggies you see at small organic farms around here, but the thing that sets them apart is that they are also making a go at growing rice. As are most people, I was shocked when they told me about their adventures in rice, but after speaking with Nfamara more, it made sense. I happened to have been in the middle of reading Alex Haley's Roots and his depiction of life in Gambia, before Kunte Kinte is made a slave, talks a lot about growing rice. When I asked Nfamara about this (he is from Gambia as well) he lit up, saying, "the water in the Bolongo River in Gambia is very sweet! It's perfect for growing rice!" Whether the water in the Hudson Valley matches the sweetness of the Bolongo River in West Africa is not for me to judge but there were lots of signs of success here. See the evidence below.
This June marks a big transition for me. For the last six years I have volunteered my time with the Beacon Arts & Education Foundation which supports extra programming in the Beacon City School District where my children attend school. I have had a leadership role with the foundation but also, an important role as witness. I brought my skills as a photographer to help raise money for one of the largest programs the foundation supports, the Calico Ball, a 10 week dance residency for all 3rd graders in the district. It has been a privilege to be able to watch and photograph students rehearse and perform during this program every year; they are so photogenic with their natural grace and poise. This year I give up my leadership role with the foundation as I have been elected to be a member of the Beacon City School Board. I will still be a part of the foundation and, lucky for me, I am still their official photographer. Here are some of my favorite photos from this year's Calico Ball and year's past.