q. Why this?
Hudson Food + Travel started as a fluid appreciation of Hudson - a kind of visual narrative. It began with MAKERS, featuring artisans, then broadened beyond Warren Street, to open thinking about the region and ties between the river and her fertile landscape.
My close friend reminds me “we are the sum of all we’ve done before,” so HF+T is an immersion in design and culture, inspired by my earlier work in public broadcasting, then content development and design.
q. Is it sustainable?
Well, the source is definitely sustainable. Every time there’s an inquiry, a world of vibrant life comes into focus. For example, the FARM |TABLE page - since the design is intended to be cyclical, to connect things to a larger cyclical energy, it’s natural to feature restaurants with close relationships with farms. And also to feature work by dedicated local groups who bring food to the table of those in need. There’s a new generation addressing the city’s local food needs - they’re young, diverse and full of promise. That’s sustainable; and we want to support their work, so we connect directly to their sites’ donation pages. Please support them!
q. What’s your financial support base?
The content here is designed to draw readers to specifics within a larger whole ... Hudson within the context of the river valley. Inns, shops and businesses are such a vital energy - it’s why so many love this city and cities throughout Hudson Valley. So we’d like to feature businesses as an integral asset rather than an all-too-familiar invasive ad. There’s a space designed in the footer, appearing on every page, where sponsors have a presence. It’s an important presence for us, and a beautiful one because we deeply respect all who are engaged.
FARM|TABLE page header | photo courtesy Eva Lin Photography
Letterbox Farm offers scenic outdoor space that can be customized for personalized, memorable events. With three stunning fields, 30 acres of forest and truly astonishing mountain views, it's easy to see how special the land here is. letterboxfarm.com
THE BIOREGION page | heron image
Carol Zaloom, illustrator, makes handcolored linoleum prints. Her client list includes Random House, David Godine, HarperCollins, Tower Records, Hampton-Brown, Yankee magazine, Sky & Telescope, the State University of New York, Bard College, the New York City Parks Department, and many artists and arts organizations throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. Among Carol’s prints are depictions of mythological creatures, Japanese fairy-tale motifs, portraits of great writers, landscapes, and studies of birds and animals (including work inspired by the Paleolithic painters of prehistoric Europe). carolzaloom.com