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This interview with Holly Gardener was recorded in her home in Hudson, New York on June 17th, 2014. Holly spent her Childhood between California and Colorado. She spent nearly ten years working on a variety of farms throughout Europe. She speaks of Wales, England, Ireland Switzerland, and a few regions of Italy, including a particularly old work experience on a citrus farm in Sicily. She came to Columbia County to fill the position of Biodynamic farmer at Camphill Copake. She received her degree in Environmental Studies from Bard College and now runs her own environmental landscaping company through the region. The second two thirds of this interview was lost due to interviewer/technology mishaps. In this portion she spoke of her experiences as a thespian traveling by bus for months on end, integrating into the Hudson community, the struggle she has between loving long term connections here and “itchy feet” as she describes her desire to be traveling and seeing new things. This interview would be of interest to those seeking information on farming, biodynamics, travel and working and living abroad.
Christina Bohnsack is a licensed massaged therapist, bartender and fourth generation resident of Columbia County. She received her BA in Comparative Religion from Hartwick College and her AAS in Massage Therapy from Columbia-Greene. The frequent position of professional listening, coupled with observing great changes to her home region over the last generation have created a deep interest in recording and preserving the stories of everyday local people
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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