Agriculture

Reframing a bit of history on the Hudson

Young farmers re-cultivate historic grounds

Century-old refinished greenhouses are home to rare varieties of hot peppers and hops; outside are arced beds of herbs, cold frames of ginger and turmeric, a garden of tomatoes. It’s all set against a backdrop of the mighty Hudson River.

Proposed brewery not a likely option in Red Hook

Lack of existing farm operation key hurdle facing applicant

Jakob Cirell returned to the Red Hook Zoning Board of Appeals on August 8 for the second part of a public hearing on whether the zoning code would allow a brewery to be established at a property behind the Red Hook Golf Course.

Sowing the seeds for a winter harvest at Sparrowbush

Farmer planning full-menu shares for local families

This marks Ashley’s first season growing at Sparrowbush Farm. The farm, at 2409 Route 9, comprises 98 leased acres just north of Clermont—land she found through the help of the Columbia Land Conservancy’s land-link farmer-match program—and it has 51 tillable acres suitable for pasture, hay, and vegetables, along with 16 acres of ponds and woodland.

A small farm blooms in Barrytown

Flower labyrinth of pick-your-own is one woman's inspiration

With effortless grace and care, Marina Michahelles leans over a bed of dahlias and cosmos, eyes scanning for weeds amidst this web of summer hues. This is Marina’s seventh season running Shoving Leopard Farm in Barrytown, where she grows vegetables, to support 30 CSA shares, and a seven-ringed labyrinth of over 35 varieties of cut flowers.

Sepascot Home Farm is a labor of love

Young couple keeping family farming tradition alive

On a sunny late-morning, Chris Fitzgerald works out a few snarls with his tractor and mower, preparing to finish cutting the field of hay, which he began earlier that day. He has taken a week off from his other full-time job to bring in the first cut—enough to feed the horses, llamas, sheep, and goats on the 80 open acres that make up Sepascot Home Farm on Route 308 in Rhinebeck.

A young farm with high hopes

At Sawkill, an odd mix of animals keeps daily chores lively

It is a wet Wednesday morning following a night of much rain, as I meet up with Michael Grady Robertson, one of the farmers of Sawkill Farm, to follow along on morning chores—the great daily rhythm of a grass-based livestock farmer.