A Letter From The Editor
After a long intense winter, the Upper Delaware River region is busting at the seams to get started with the spring and summer season. Planting seeds is the theme for this spring edition of Our Country Home. Fittingly, much of the magazine is devoted to profiles of our local organic farms, conversations with three of the area’s premier gardeners, and a listing of local farmers’ markets and garden supply centers.
We also explore the idea of planting seeds in the minds of our young children with a story about alternative education. We bring you a timely story of honey bee populations, which are increasingly endangered and also increasingly recognized for their role in healthy cropland. We present a complete spring menu of recipes from our own Slow Food chapter to get you started on an inspired and healthy connection to your kitchen and your family table. And, we give you decorating ideas for “bringing the outside in” as envisioned by local shops.
Wishing you some peaceful hours in a garden.
Kristin Barron is a writer and nurse. She is a native of French Woods, NY, a section of the Town of Hancock, where she currently lives with her husband and children. She is the author of “Root Cellar,” a monthly column published by The River Reporter.
Her e-mail address is AlexaSwope@aol.com.
Cass Collins is known to The River Reporter readers as The River Muse. Cass writes a monthly column and contributes regularly to Our Country Home and Upper Delaware Magazine. She is a poet, performer and Martha-of-all-trades who makes her home(s) in Narrowsburg and New York City.
Nancy Dymond of Bethany, PA, is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. Nancy served for two years as editor of the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s newsletter, ArtsTalk, and has contributed interviews and articles on a regular basis to the special sections of The River Reporter.
Mary Greene of Narrowsburg, NY is Special Sections Editor for The River Reporter and a published poet. She is founder and director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. She enjoys yoga¸ cooking with whole foods, walking, swimming and gardening. She has slowly decorated the home she has lived in for two decades to her liking.
Emily Grillo is Advertising Sales Manager for The River Reporter and a frequent contributor to the paper’s special sections. Her interests include family life and community advocacy. Grillo is president of the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry and a member of the St. Francis Xavier Outreach Program.
S.Z. Hecht is a peripatetic traveler now living in Galilee, PA, She likes nothing better than a back road, a good book and a fountain pen.
Marygrace Kennedy is a junior at Delaware Valley High School and a member of the basketball and tennis teams as well as the DVHS music program. She plans to major in either History or International Relations. Marygrace grew up in a very environmentally aware home and has been working in the environmental community for some time. She began getting involved with her mother and now she wishes to include her friends and classmates in taking environmental action.
Sandy Long is a Staff Writer and photographer who focuses on environmental and cultural issues. Her interest in how these play out regionally led to a five-year stint as a columnist and feature writer for The River Reporter before coming on board full-time in June 2006 and adding news coverage to her responsibilities. Long has refined a writing style and personal vision influenced by her interaction with the natural world. She is a poet, gardener and musician who enjoys playing guitar and piano.
Lori Malone is Creative Director for Our Country Home and Stuart Communications. Her passions include decorating, refinishing furniture, graphic and interior design, music, and healthy living. She is always on the lookout for new ways to creatively tackle old projects. She is a do-it-yourselfer with flair.
Marcia Nehemiah is an award-winning poet who writes The River Reporter’s monthly column on sustainability. Her poems and essays have been widely published over the years. Her first book of poems, “Reclamation” was published in 2005, and “Final Story” was published in 2009. She is currently working on a book of portraits of women in their eighties. She lives with her husband in Lackawaxen, PA where she enjoys writing, reading, hiking, bird-watching, yoga, snowshoeing and making Temari, Japanese thread balls. Prior to moving to the Upper Delaware River valley in 2002, she taught high school English, creative writing and media literacy for 28 years. Visit marcianehemiah.com.
Lahary Pittman has a diversified history in photo-journalism, documentary filmmaking, copywriting in public relations and technical writing in both the healthcare and computer science industries. His original passion for writing began in adolescence as a composer, lyricist and poet. Apart from free-lance photo-journalism, his current writing efforts involve critical writing in the arts. He publishes a quarterly newsletter called “Auction & Exhibition” and is recognized internationally as a fine art photographer & printmaker. Lahary can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tina Spangler is a writer and filmmaker who serves as the communications director for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. In 2009, Spangler produced and directed Lucky Lake, a documentary about an ill-fated lake community. Spangler has written and designed work for New York University, Sundance Channel, Highlights for Children and many other area organizations. She lives in Narrowsburg, NY’s Luxton Lake community where she is in the process of restoring a historic cabin.
Carolyn Steinberg is a composer and flutist living in Narrowsburg, NY. She is currently writing a new work for the Dorian Wind Quintet to be premiered next year, the Dorian’s 50th Anniversary Season. Her CD of chamber music compositions is available at the DVAA’s Signature Gallery. Carolyn is pleased to periodically contribute articles to The River Reporter’s special sections.
Erin Vanderberg splits her time between Philadelphia and Lackawaxen, Pa. She has a lovely view of the Delaware River in both places.
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