On the trip: Howard, Nancy, Meline, Alex, Katwy, Pina and Thomas with their adorable little boy Hanno, and me, Frances.
It was a beautiful autumn day when we piled into a van and set out for a two-hour drive up to the west side of the Hudson. The sun was out and the festive leaves were waving at us as we drove through memories of Howard’s old bike trips and got ourselves tangled in heated political conversations.
We arrived at the farm and met Zelaika Clarke, Amy’s niece. And then Amy Hepworth came out with her farm partner, Gerry Greco.
We stood overlooking the Hudson River as Amy described the beautiful challenges of the Hudson Valley. The land is mountainous and rocky, which is not the typical choice for farmland. Pests and diseases arrive to the Hudson Valley before going anywhere else due to its unique climate. This means that Amy gets to be the first to discover bugs and diseases that may lead to major crop failure.
- How to never go into tomato fields after a rain because it may jeopardize their organic status—tomatoes will absorb anything and everything right down to the nonorganic dirt on your shoes or hand cream.
- How not to get Howard started on certain topics of conversation.
- How much we love Amy and how much closer we feel to our food and new friends.
- And lastly….how to repair a flat tire in high spirits.