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Aja Hudson

Born and raised in Accord, NY, Aja comes from a family of farmers. She helped her grandfather, a horticulture teacher with a degree from Cornell University, grow gourmet fruits & vegetables for NYC restaurants. As a teenager Aja began her career in ornamental landscaping, working first for Garden Makers (based in Accord) before relocating to New Orleans to manage the bedding plants for a chain of nurseries called 'The Plant Gallery'. Aja studied Landscape Design at the School of Horticulture at the NY Botanical Gardens and is proficient in DynaSCAPE (software program for landscape design). Aja is the executive director and the president of the EDC board. Her daily tasks include project management, garden design and client relations.

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Erin Domagal

Creative Director At EDC, Erin designs the veggie & medicine gardens, organizes the maintenance schedule, and oversees the crews. Erin relocated to the Hudson Valley in 2002 to finish a BFA in Painting at SUNY New Paltz. Her love for nature brought her to the gardening world soon after and she began working for Aja in 2008 while in graduate school at Goddard College. In her spare time, Erin founded Wild Seed Apothecary, an herbal product company that alchemically transforms plants into medicine for the body and soul.

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Ali Gruber

Office Manager Ali coordinates all of EDC’s behind-the-scenes details, from answering the phones and emails, to managing the finances and paperwork. When she’s not holding down the fort at EDC, Ali manages her own business as a DJ spinning real records on real turntables! She’s been DJing for over 10 years in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Ali lives in Rosendale with her human Louis and their cat Bindi.


Stuart Dorris, Crew LeaderConor Corbett, Irrigation SpecialistErin Domagal, Creative Director

Aja Hudson, Executive DirectorJolie Herbst, Crew LeaderFrank Gurreri, Meadow Specialist

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