Image by Tim Kennelty

Wild Hudson Valley and Permaculture

Episode 52: Wild Hudson Valley and Winter Sowing

Learn about the rich history of New York’s Hudson Valley in a unique new way. Join Anna Plattner and Justin Wexler from Wild Hudson Valley, located in Cairo, NY. They own a 95-acre farm and sanctuary consisting of forest, meadow and wetlands. There they offer walks, workshops, forest farmed products and camping to help inspire others to become better stewards of our planet. Listen as Anna and Justin talk about their eco-camp which offers an immersive experience with furnished tents, engaging activities and nature trails enabling you to truly enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains. Hey also offer monthly wild harvest boxes which consist of native foods such as veggies, nuts, berries, and mushrooms, that are wild-gathered, wild-stewarded, and grown on their farm.

Then Robin Stapley joins the podcast to talk about permaculture and winter sowing. Permaculture is all about applying a set of design principles to gardening taking into consideration the overall ecosystem of the site. Robin specifically talks about how she used permaculture to address some water issues on her property. She also then talks about the advantages of winter sowing to get a head start on seed starting.

Another episode of Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley that has something for everyone!

Hosts: Teresa Golden, Tim Kennelty, and Jean Thomas

Guests: Anna Plattner and Justin Wexler

Photo by: Tim Kennelty

Production Support: Linda Aydlett, Teresa Golden and Annie Scibienski

Resources: Nature Education & Camping | | New York; What is Permaculture? | Utah State University; Sustainable Landscapes: Creating a Hügelkultur for Gardening with Stormwater Management Benefits | Oklahoma State University ( ; Cornell Cooperative Extension | Winter Sowing Native Plants

Last updated January 19, 2023