This November marks our three-year anniversary of the first publication of Organic Hudson Valley. As I think back to the beginning—we started as a 98-page monthly magazine, not sustainable at all, to a now 48- to 60-page bimonthly magazine—I rejoice that we are becoming more and more sustainable and growing with every issue. There have been many hurdles to jump and challenges to overcome, but I don’t give up and am a very positive person. If you give me lemons, I will make lemonade. I have a strong faith that everything happens for a reason and that I am exactly where I need to be at this moment!
One of the things that makes OHV so special is the fact that as the owner and editor-in-chief, I am totally involved. From assigning the articles, photography, illustrations and designing, to sales and the delivery of the magazines, I believe it is important to stay true to myself, which reflects in the magazine and everything I do.
It is a great pleasure for me to deliver the magazines each month because I get to meet and speak with our advertisers. I love to thank everyone in person and let them know that I care and appreciate all their support of the magazine. I want to hear how their families are doing and how business is going. I want to see if there is anything else I can do to help them. I take photos of their businesses and post them on Instagram. My intention is to bring exposure and, hopefully, business to each of them. I do get help delivering the magazines from my husband, Andy, and my parents, and I can’t thank them enough. I couldn’t do this without their help, love and support, for which I’m truly grateful. My mom has Organic Hudson Valley postcards and printouts of my ads in her car windows. She is so excited about it and hopes someone will stop and say, “Organic Hudson Valley, I love that magazine!” to which she can proudly answer, “That’s my daughter’s magazine!”
For me it is about building relationships and letting everyone know that I care about each of them. Honesty, authenticity, love, passion and being a team player is exactly who I am—and what OHV is all about. If local businesses stick together and support each other’s growth, we will ensure the future of the Hudson Valley as a wonderful and vibrant place to live.