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    Mary’s Valentine

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America There is much activity in our house today.  It has been lightly snowing out […]

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  • The Beekman Heirloom Garden is primarily made up of 52 raised garden beds.

    How does our garden grow?

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Q. I’m trying to avoid pressure treated wood, but cedar is so expensive. What kind of lumber did you use? A. Yes, please avoid pressure treated wood, which contains toxic chemicals that leach into the soil, and your plants. We used rough-hewn, 2-inch-thick, local hemlock from a nearby lumber mill. We know we’ll have to […]

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    A Homemade Dibble

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

      One of our B. 1802 craftsmen has created a slightly more manageable dibble than will make any home gardener’s work easier.  Check it out in the Mercantile by clicking here In case you haven’t noticed, we’re sometimes a sort of perfectionists. Usually perfectionism creates more work. But sometimes we find a serendipitous approach, or […]

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    Easy Durable Raised Bed Trellising

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Many of our favorite vegetables in the Beekman Heirloom Vegetable Garden require some sort of trellising – tomatoes, beans, peas, melons, cucumbers. When we put in our raised garden two years ago, we were determined to devise a trellising system that was easy to assemble, and would last for years. We were sick of weaving […]

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    Happy, Happy

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Hey!  It IS a thrill to be nominated. Season 1 of the Fabulous Beekman Boys has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.  Check out our competition here Congratulations to all of the team at World of Wonder  and Planet Green and all of the people in Sharon Springs, NY.  It takes a whole village […]

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    Reading List for Winter

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    January and February are the last big reading months on the farm. Other than daily clean-up and keeping the fireplace stoked, there aren’t a lot of chores. Soon, though, baby goats will arrive, the garden will thaw, and something will no doubt need to be painted. Until then, however, I’m going to curl up and […]

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    Brent’s List for January

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    As many of you know, Brent’s famous for making lists for me. I thought I’d share with you a few of the things he wants me to accomplish at the farm this month. The combination of getting so many lists along with being genetically lazy has made me a sort of expert at chore shortcuts. […]

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    Hoarfrost -a dress rehearsal for Spring.

    BY:Josh and Brent

    This morning we were going about our morning business when Brent noticed that something looked a little different outside. This time of year we sometimes avoid looking out the window. The weather is fairly monotonous and bleak, and there’s still a long way to go until it changes. But, as if to teach us a […]

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    Mary’s Ironing Chore

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America I woke up when the sun rose today.  It had snowed over night and […]

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    Mary Meets Jack Frost

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America Against the frost covered window pane, the sun seems magnified and most beautiful.  We […]

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