1802 Blogs

  • The remaining flats from SUNY Cobleskill.

    Garden’s in! Thank you SUNY Cobleskill!

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    The remaining flats from SUNY Cobleskill. Early last spring you might remember us posting about how the wonderful students of SUNY Cobleskill’s Plant Science Department helped us start some of the seeds for the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden under the kind and watchful eye of Bob Sutherland, the SUNY Cobleskill Floriculture Instructor and Greenhouse […]

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  • The Poor Farm

    Mary Visits the Alms House

    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 Father told us about a different kind of Farm.  I had never heard about […]

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  • The Lilacs.

    The Color Purple

    BY:Dr. Brent

    A rather random weather pattern this spring resulted in an intoxicating display by the lilacs throughout the Mohawk Valley this year.  Though now past their prime, I spent many evenings over the last several weeks sitting on the knoll beneath their branches.  I cannot adequately capture their scent in words, so I decided to take […]

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  • Exhibit A

    A Farmer John Mystery

    BY:Dr. Brent

    I came very close to murdering dear Farmer John this weekend. I don’t think I have to tell you that farming is a very small margin business, and the margins are even smaller when one is just starting out.  I use every ounce of knowledge gleaned from my MBA to keep The Beekman in the […]

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    Bottom of the Jar

    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. Mother sent me to the cellar to fetch the last crock of strawberry jam. […]

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    Gardening Memories Contest

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Win a set of five of our favorite gardening & rural prose books from HarperCollins. Contest details at bottom of post. WAR PAINT. Many people have asked me how someone with such a “colorful” urban history wound up living on a goat farm in rural Sharon Springs. I usually answer: “I took the long road…back […]

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  • Tangled webs

    Mary Weaves a Tale

    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 are times when Father brings home tape from his store.  But I think […]

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    Younger Than Springtime

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Each year at New Market Elementary School in Sophia, North Carolina, there’s a May Day celebration.  Each of the grades works for months to perfect their own special dance to perform for the community.  There’s also a May Court with a King and Queen elected from the fifth grade class.  The May King and May […]

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  • Maragaret Roach

    May Gardening Tips from a Pro

    BY:Josh and Brent

    This month’s celebrity gardening judge, Margaret Roach, offers a personal gardening check list for the month. VEGETABLE GARDEN CONTINUE SOWING CARROTS, beets, radishes, lettuce, dill. With salad greens, select heat-resistant varieties now for best results. DIRECT-SOW BEANS at mid-month and beyond; sow a short row every two weeks, and also sow pole beans for an […]

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  • The Lanyard

    For Mom

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Many of you know that I used to work with Martha Stewart.  During the time that I was at the company, I heard Martha recite a poem by US Poet Laureate Billy Collins on three different occasions.   Each and every time, she choked up a little…and I did, too. THE LANYARD by Billy Collins The […]

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