Farm & Garden
We have passed a quarter century on the farm and our garden reflects the years of change and growth. There has been a natural progression from annuals to perennials, to shrubs and trees. We now have a garden with good form and structure filled with plants that have proven themselves worthy from the border to the table. Our kitchen garden has filled our needs with herbs and greens, and we have had plenty of flowers to fill our vases with some left to share.
Our hoop house addition a few years ago made our vegetable growing much more productive and gave us a jump on our short growing season. The field crops are yet another layer and have to be fully integrated with the orchard systems.
We are thrilled when we have our daughters back on the farm. Sophia joined us a few years ago after spending several years traveling, followed by 3 seasons developing her skills on several farms in Maine. She has become a very serious farmer. Her knowledge has helped us make the transition to becoming amazingly self sufficient. The animals she got us started with years ago have taken on more important roles and we finally have enough infrastructure built to feel that we are doing a good job. She has since relocated to Acorn Ranch in Yorkville where she raises pigs, sheep, and chickens but she still helps out with oversight at the Apple Farm. Rita, our youngest, has committed to many full seasons on the farm and has recently filled Sophia's shoes in the garden, with much help from her partner Jerzy. She has become Karen’s mainstay in arranging flowers weekly at the The Boonville Hotel and also grows and arranges flowers for our gatherings.
It’s exciting to watch the property evolve, and to have the generations working together to make it happen. Nothing stays still and as long as we are open to new (and new-old) ideas, we keep improving on what we’ve created. It’s a rewarding life and we enjoying sharing it with the guests who come through.