Recently we were invited to Washington DC to speak to the USDA about diversity in farming and to accept recognition for our work. We were also invited to take part in this season’s opening of the USDA Farmers Market, held right on the agency grounds. It’s probably one of the coolest things that’s happened to us since we bought Beekman 1802 Farm. And of course we made of point of sharing that honor with Farmer John. And the goats.

We were amazed by the sheer size and breadth of the USDA. It’s the third largest federal agency, after Department of Defense and Homeland Security. And even though most people think of them as simply the part of the government that works with American farmers, the agency also includes the U.S. Forestry Service, food safety, rural development, research, overseas agricultural programs and a heckuva lot more.

Here are some photos of the trip…

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  • By: Glenda

    FYI, it’s the USDA Forest Service, not Forestry Service. (I’ve been a Forest Service employee for 37 years!)

  • By: ConnieW

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! That’s a big deal!! You have accomplished so much in just a few years! I am bursting with pride for you both, and wish you continued sucess. The hard work and sacrifices were all worth it! If you had given up, you would not have the wonderful life you have now. So glad you hung in there, and I really admire the fact that you have helped make so many others sucessful, too. You paid it forward……and backward, sideways, up, and down! I admire you guys more than there are words.

  • By: jeda (jpdf)

    What an honor! :) Bravo! Congratulations on your success, Josh & Brent! The produce are so beautiful at the Farmer’s Market – hooray! Thanks for sharing :*

  • By: Justin

    Awesome pictures and congratulations on the award! If you are in Washington and want a tour of the Capitol Building, please let me know. We would be happy to set something up for you!

  • By: Cathy

    Pretty good guys. I always enjoy reading what you’re up to and seeing the pictures of the farm

  • By: Sheilah Buettner

    Congratulations, guys. You have done such wonderful things for farmers and for your town. You are an inspiration and you certainly deserve the recognition.

  • By: Nina Mayleas

    You are very special men. Your USDA award was well deserved. I, too wonder why it had be LBGT notated? You guys are special in everything you do as farmers, merchants, and cheerleaders for Sharon Springs. Bravo Beekman Boys!!

  • By: Italia Patterson

    Dear Brent & Josh,

    Congratulations on your recognition by the USDA! Well deserved!!!
    You looked very official!!:)

  • By: Mary O'Connell

    Wow, everything looks so organic and healthy. I guess I have always associated the USDA with Monsanto and industrialized agriculture! Nice to see something positive. Thanks for your impact there.

  • By: liz

    Very Cool – Congratulations! .. and.. Welcome to my “home town” – it is truly a beautiful city.

  • By: Lynda

    Congrats to you both for a job well done ! Lynda from Cooperstown

  • By: Mel Free

    The USDA building looks like Fort Knox or something, doesn’t it? I was awed by its sheer size, while visiting D.C. It seemed to go on FOREVER.

  • By: Deb Wilson

    Josh & Dr. Brent,
    You should be very proud, you have worked hard to get where you are…Congratulations!

  • By: Michele

    Congratulations!!!!! The asparagus looks wonderful, I planted some this year I’ll have to wait a few years before I get to taste any, hope mine looks as good. I agree you should be farmers of the year.

    • By: Jodie

      You would put a cover over the hoops to form a greenhouse for protection from bad weather/frost.

  • By: mary spain

    dag i love your show i wish i knew you were in washington would love to meet both of you,

  • By: gary

    I feel so much Green Acre love in these photos!

  • By: Cathy

    Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your photos with us. Seeing your award brought tears to me eyes!

  • By: Cherie Herrman

    Congrats on your award but why can’t you just be the best FARMERS of the year? I will check out the farmers’ market next trip down. The produce looks really yummy!

  • By: csadler0308

    Wonderful !!! Thank You Both for opening doors ALL OVER THE WORLD!!
    JUST being the great fellows that you are!!

  • By: Kimberly

    Congrats on the award – I have followed your show for several years and am amazing at the wonderful hearts and passion you both have for your home, your town/community, and farmers. I hate that they felt the need to include your sexual orientation on your award. What you are doing for local farmers is so important and has nothing to do with anything else. I know however you were gracious recipients and used the platform to educate people and be positive role models in all your varied roles.

    • By: Cherie Herrman

      agreed-and well said. The Fabulous Beekman Boys represent FARMERS. And do it very well.

  • By: Amy Smith Wexler

    Very cute…You should be farmers of the year not just LGBT farmers of the year because of all the things that you’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish for the American farmer.

  • By: nlforst

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! I never realized how large the USDA is. Thank you for sharing :D

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