In addition to our year-round crew of garden educators, we're so lucky to have an amazing expanded team this summer. Read below to meet each of our awesome new colleagues!
Kathryn Brignac recently made the Hudson Valley her home along with her partner and their Pit Bull, Petunia, after years of enjoying visits with family in the area. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Conservation Biology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she spent time working with environmental education groups, gleaning produce from local farms, and delighting in the natural environment. Returning to her hometown of New Orleans after school, she began gardening on her porch and joined the local food cooperative, where she enthusiastically worked at getting healthy food into people's homes and helping people of all ages learn to love their veggies. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, she has a passion for cooking and the outdoors and spends her time off hiking, birding, and trying out new recipes. Kathryn is looking forward to spending the Summer helping out in the gardens and assisting with education programming for the Fall.
Isabela Leon Ferrer is an incoming college freshman at SUNY New Paltz. Last summer she found an interest in agriculture and the ways food is produced through working with Green Teen. This summer she was given the opportunity to work with Hudson Vally Seed through a next step position to grow and further explore theses interests. She hopes to teach what she had learned to kids throughout the community and continue to learn even more herself along the way. On her free time Isabela enjoys spending time with her fellow Beacon Players, the high school drama club, and putting on shows.
Kindu Green Jr is a recent graduate of Beacon High School. His interest in joining Hudson Valley Seed “sprouted” when his twin sister did it a few years ago. Since then, he’s joined Green Teen which is a very similar program to Hudson Valley Seed, where he learned many things and this helped his interest “grow”. Kindu has also been helping his grandma with her gardens since he was young. This involves anything from watering plants to lifting heavy bags or even wheelbarrows full of rocks and soil, so participating in HVS is well within his capabilities. He enjoys the teamwork and intimacy of working in small groups as well as helping out wherever he can. In his spare time, Kindu is most likely hanging out with friends, writing, or drawing. Kindu hopes he will “blossom” into a hardworking crew member by then end of the season.
Maurice is 20 years old, lives in Newburgh, and is taking part in the Orange County Youth Bureau's Student Youth Opportunities Program. Maurice likes to weed out the grass and water the plants. He enjoys playing video games in his free time.