Amy Lynn Tompkins


New York

Amy Lynn Tompkins

Covering Hudson Valley Food


Mushrooms Are From Mars, Eggplants Are From Venus

The Hudson Valley has a thriving food industry that’s driven mostly by farm to table and vegan establishments that happen to be owned by women – like Agnes Devereux. But Devereux doesn’t call herself a chef. “Chef means leader in the kitchen and obviously I do lead my kitchen, [but] it’s really kind of [a] strict, ego-driven male idea to be at the head of the kitchen, which is not the way I really function,” Devereux explained.
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Hudson Valley Feast: When One Door Closes, Open a BnB

When Agnes Devereux closed The Village Tearoom, located in New Paltz, for the last time, she thought she was done owning a brick-and-mortar establishment. After 15 years, it was time for a break. “All along our plan was to stay for our kids to get educated in New Paltz and then we would – we didn’t want to be in the restaurant business forever.
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Learn Local: How Decentralization Is Shaking Up Public Schools

In the 1960s, New York City was failing to address the issue of school integration in an effective way. The students bussed into predominantly white schools suffered abuse, schools in majority black neighborhoods were overcrowded and underfunded, and minorities represented less than ten percent of educators.
In The Mesh Link to Story


Amy Lynn Tompkins

Amy is a freelance writer and photographer living in the Hudson Valley. She currently pens Principal's Hotline (an advice column for administrators) at School Leaders Now and has been published by The Billfold, Living City Magazine, and In The Mesh. She was employed as a staff reporter by in 2013.

She has a bachelor of arts in liberal studies with concentrations in English, business, and psychology from Marist College, as well as an associate of applied sciences in paralegal studies from SUNY Dutchess. She studied Music Education at SUNY Fredonia School of Music.

She is continuing her education, studying journalism at SUNY New Paltz.

Her interests are indie music, education, social responsibility, great stories about strong women and her over-sized cat.



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