Deepen our connections to place, to each other, and to ourselves, through hands on learning and experience in rural and agrarian living.
Harlem Valley Homestead will bring people together in the spirit of shared work, shared food and shared experiences. These interactions help us learn how to live a life connected with land, with each other, and with ourselves. They remind us that we are all a part of something bigger, and that we have a responsibility to treat the land, each other and ourselves with dignity and love.
We believe that cultivating our interdependence, our sense of commonality and shared belonging serves as a foundation for building a more resilient, resourceful way of being at home in the world.
our work today
Right now, we are a working farm. We’ve got a beautiful pastured beef herd of Murray Grey, Belted Galloway, and Scottish Highland cattle, a flock of laying hens, and a productive vegetable garden. We sell produce at the Dover Farmer's Market, and we’re hosting teaching programs and events for the community about food and farming.
But we have a vision for this farm that reaches beyond that.
We envision a place where people can come, stay on the land, share simply prepared food and drink that comes from the farm, and experience what it is to live a life connected to the land.
The farm will bring people to the region who want to have those experiences. Some will be paying guests who come for a few days. Others will be apprentices who stay for a season and learn, not only how to farm and cook this way, but how to teach about it. In either case, they will leave changed, renewed, and with a deeper awareness of our interdependencies.
The farm will grow pastured meats, organic vegetables, honey, mushrooms, and fruit that will feed those guests in our renovated farmhouse. They will stay in small, simple, sustainably designed and built cabins. Restored timber framed barns will host group events, public programs, retreats and meetings.
We will approach our building and renovation as we approach our farming. How can we lean on the resources that are here, to develop the resources we need? We intend to reclaim materials through the renovation process, use timber generated on site, hire local contractors, and design changes to create as much environmental resiliency as possible in our future operations.