Hawthorne Valley Farm

Today marks one month that I’ve been living and working at Hawthorne Valley Farm.  This place has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason – this community achieves a beautiful marriage of education and agriculture, as described in this nicely written profile that appeared in the latest issue of Edible Hudson Valley.  Also getting attention are the artisan products produced here on site, including my personal favorites, the lacto-fermented sauerkrauts.

To be sure, these are days of big headlines, on and off the farm.  But as much as I take pride in the bold initiatives and important work being done by the people here, I also find joy in the the smaller, unexpected gifts the farm has continuously given me during this last month – tasting the sweet, crisp rewards offered by our bumper crop of apples, witnessing the birth of a baby calf, studying the forest floor to find the mushrooms that appear as the fruits of the frequent late summer rain showers we’ve received.  We are enjoying the last warm days of the year as summer gives way to fall, and I’m holding my breath at the sight of the hills turning colors in a chorus of ever-changing leaves.  These photos are a tribute to the beauty of life in this little hamlet of Harlemville, and the to arrival of my favorite season.