Renovation

Rebuilding the Walls

The fortresses of vine-tangle are gone. Now our fields are bordered by meandering piles of rocks, with occasional rusted-metal debris. The good news: there are plenty of rocks to...

The Mezzanine

That's what we've christened the antique barn's cavelike lower level: dark stalls, peeling paint, buckling dropped ceiling, rusted nails, dripping water, cobwebs. If you could see out...

Tackling The Vines

A poison-ivy-immune six-man crew from Westchester Tree Life has blazed through the borders of our northeast fields, felling dead trees and eviscerating all those tree-killing vines. I...

“Look, I Fixed It!”

Seriously. This is the actual fencing inherited from our farm's previous regime. Splintered boards cobbled together; rubber strips replacing post-and-rail; baling twine and wire;...

A Reunion With KSW

Kristen Somody Whalen, a friend and fabulous photographer, came to the new farm to shoot some "before" images... She captured the eeriness and junk and wild tangles of vines, and all...

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