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Sat 16 Jul
The Knowledge of the Land: Exploring Ancestral Healing at Olana with Grow Black Hudson
Saturday, July 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join Nkoula Badila, founder of Grow Black Hudson, for a walk exploring Olana's wildlife informed by her work with herbal medicine, community advocacy, and sustainable agricultural practice. During this program, participants will see Olana's landscape in a new way and explore how it can serve as a resource for healing and connection. Grow Black Hudson is a movement to re-introduce black and brown community members to the importance of agricultural practice, connecting to nature, and creating more local Black leadership. Founded in mid-June of 2020, Grow Black Hudson, has established 17 raised-bed gardens in Hudson, NY to grow fresh food for local families. Nkoula Badila is a multidisciplinary artist, born of Congolese traditions in New York. Nkoula founded Grow Black Hudson, an initiative that aims to reconnect her Black + Brown community to the plant knowledge of our ancestors and spread access to fresh food. The program also opens space to talk about sustainable lifestyles as well as returning to the earth, natural plant medicine, and meditation. Nkoula also teaches youth programs like dancing and drumming, beading, and crafting. $15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information or to learn more about program discounts, please contact
Sat 23 Jul
The OLANA Summer Party- NIAGARA: Frederic Church & Public Parks
Saturday, July 23, 2022 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
This year we celebrate Frederic Church's contribution to the formation of our country's public parks – as a Commissioner in New York's Central Park, as a lead advocate to create the first State Park in the U.S. at Niagara, and as the landscape architect of Olana, a New York State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark. Top regional chefs will create hors d'oeuvres inspired by the theme, paired with wine, craft beers, and signature cocktails. Our celebration will be along Olana's Ridge Road, with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Please email Lauren Miller at if you have any questions.