Against the Grain is a HUDSY Original film that delves into the work and lives of West African rice farmers at “Ever-Growing Family Farm” in Ulster Park, NY. Importantly and incredibly unique, Ever-Growing Family Farm was the first commercial rice farm in New York state, planting their first rice crop in 2015. The farm is run by a husband and wife, Nfamara Badjie and Dawn Hoyte. Badjie is an immigrant to the Hudson Valley who is originally from a small village in Gambia, and he applies his knowledge of rice-growing from West Africa to the marshy soils of Ulster Park.
This Organic Life: Gopal Farm is an episode of a seven-part HUDSY Original series, This Organic Life. This episode explores Gopal Farm, located in New Paltz, NY, which focuses on growing heirloom Indian ethnic specialty vegetables, tropical fruits, spices, and more from different regions of India including around the Himalayas. The film takes a deep dive into food production in the Hudson Valley and the benefits of eating locally grown food.
The Reher Center For Immigrant Culture and History is a museum and cultural center that preserves and honors the legacy of Reher’s Bakery and amplifies immigrant stories of the Hudson Valley, past and present. The Reher Center’s mission is to foster belonging by engaging all people through culture, community, work, and bread.
HUDSY strengthens, engages, and connects with the community through the power of film and storytelling with the goal of highlighting and elevating the incredibly diverse voices and spirit of the Hudson Valley. HUDSY achieves this by telling the stories of, preserving, and archiving the culture of the Hudson Valley online and in person.
Special thanks to The Ferriday Fund for supporting our programs and enabling us to provide sliding scale admissions for Farms, Food, and Connection in the Hudson Valley.
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