When Brent was a child, his mom purchased a set of children’s books one of which was called Make and Do from the Childcraft Library. The Childcraft series was originally created in the 1930s by W. F. Quarrie & Company, also publishers of the World Book encyclopedia. The series’ title was Childcraft – The How and Why Library. Brent spent hours reading and doing the various projects and crafts illustrated, many of which served as inspiration for other projects of his own devices. Those early years of making and doing can clearly be seen in everything we make or do on our farm in Sharon Springs, NY.
As Beekman 1802 has grown, we’ve been called a name or two: “the next Martha Stewarts” or “Oprah wannabees” even ‘the Kardashians of the farm set”. As flattering as that is, we always remember something we once heard someone say: Martha is a teacher and Oprah is a preacher. Thank goodness for the sake of comparison we are neither.
We like to think of ourselves as constant learners, and we like to bring everyone along with us in the learning process. If you follow us on any of our social media platforms (@Beekman1802Boys) you are guaranteed to be inspired at least once a day to make something, to do something or to learn something. You’ll look at the world around you with the same sense of wonderment and awe that you did as a child, and that’s what learning is all about it.
Like Oprah and like Martha, we now have our own magazine, the Beekman 1802 Almanac. It’s a modern twist on the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a resource that people used to plan out their day to day lives.
Our guiding principle is that each page will help you learn to cultivate a better life for yourself and those around you.
Take a peek at the slide show below for some of the regular features we have planned.