Category Archives: Life with Kids

What’s For Lunch? Two Angry Moms Find Out.

A student in New York prepares her salad.  Photo by Kate Adamick

“It’s not about the cupcakes,” says one of the two angry moms in the film “Two Angry Moms”.  She’s talking about how eliminating the long-standing practice of celebrating birthdays in school with cupcakes is the centerpiece in the backlash against concerned parents who are trying to change what their kids  are eating in the lunchroom. …

What Are Hudson Valley Kids Eating?

Two Angry Moms movie poster for Common Ground Farm showing

Common Ground Farm invites moms and dads to join them in watching a film about how two mothers came together to make a big change in the school lunch system. Stay for a discussion about successful efforts in our own community and what parents can do to help bring real food  and healthier choices into…

Rhinebeck Students Mapping Their Schools’ Eco-footprints


Students and teachers in the Rhinebeck school district are working with educators from the Cary Institute in Millbrook to create an “environmental scorecard” for each school.  The students have been tracking how much water, food, and energy the district consumes, and how much waste is created. The three-year Ecosystem Literacy Initiative program is designed to

Beacon Kids Cooped Up in Cold

How cold should it be before kids are denied recess? What if a child comes to school without the proper clothing to stay outdoors in colder weather for extended periods? These are some of the questions concerned Beacon parents and principals tackled when they met on Wednesday, January 19 to discuss the issue of  daily…

Environmental Justice

Today is Martin Luther King Day and the kids have off. Scenic Hudson is celebrating with a Winter Fun Day at the Esopus Meadows Preserve in Port Ewen, NY. There will be a Native American lecture and exhibit, including a snow shelter and fire demonstration, but no mention of Dr. King and the intertwining of…

Little House on the
(Hudson River) Prarie

Starting January 25,  Common Ground Farm will again be offering their popular children’s workshop series on Pioneer Living.  Based on the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this series offers children a chance to step back in time and learn about the lives of children and families before the days of television, refrigeration, indoor…