Hudson Valley Word of Mouth: Lisa Taranto, Hudson Valley Horticulturalist (Audio)

Oct 20, 2021
Produced by Julia Joern.

In the latest Hudson Valley Word of Mouth segment, Julia Joern interviews local horticulturalist, Lisa Taranto. After decades practicing urban agriculture and permaculture in other parts of the country, Taranto moved to the Catskill Mountains to explore new land-based projects. For the past seven years she has made Menla, a Buddhist retreat center in Phoenicia, her home base. There she has gradually transformed its gardens, while mentoring scores of volunteers from all over the world who come to learn about the ecology of the Hudson Valley. She also leads a range of workshops throughout the region, most recently at Maha Rose North, another retreat center in Ulster County.