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  • blackcaps

    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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  • weeping cherry at sunset

    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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  • How does Mary's Garden Grow?

    Mary’s Garden

    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. Some of the seeds in my little garden are beginning to sprout into seedlings.  […]

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  • Mary drinks beef tea for breakfast when she comes down with a fever.

    Mary gets the flu.

    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. My tummy doesn’t feel too good today.  It keeps making funny noises and feels […]

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  • A trip up the Hudson.

    Are We There Yet?

    BY:Dr. Brent

    We always use our time wisely on the train “to and from” the farm.  We were each wrapped up in our computers when we heard the sudden exclamation, “Wow, I haven’t seen you guys in years!” We both looked upward to see an acquaintance from the past.  It had been a decade since we had […]

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  • Purple Peruvian Fingerling Potatoes being cut into "seeds."

    Planting Potatoes

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Everybody calls us crazy for planting our potatoes as early as we do. Everybody except our neighbor Michael, that is. Each year we call to be reassured that we’re not jumping the gun even though every single byte of online potato planting instruction warns us otherwise. “Nah,” Michael reassures us. “In Russia, they plant their […]

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  • Susan Phear, Vanity Fair photo editor

    Hot Young Farmers

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Josh is pretty handy with the pitchfork, but he is even more gifted with the pen.    In a note he wrote sometime around the beginning of my fourth decade, he succinctly summed why crossing that threshold can be so psychologically challenging. “At the age of 30,” he wrote, “you suddenly start to realize that the […]

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