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The Knowledge of the Land: Exploring Ancestral Healing at Olana

  • Dates: July 16, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Price: $15 person, $10 members.
  • Overview

    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 education@olana.org.

    This program is part of our 2022 program series, Environmentalists on Olana. During this series, regional environmentalists, activists, agriculturalists, and ecological stewards will lead walking tours of Olana, engaging participants in the work of their organizations and providing new insights into Olana’s 250-acres. To learn more, visit olana.org/environmentalists.


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