Delco. 


Delaware County, NY. 



My respect for farmers does not come from my own personal experience, but rather comes from witnessing my high school classmates and neighbors. This project addresses how farming continues in rural Delaware County despite a largely corporate food industry. I have been able to witness a change in the area that not many outsiders are able to recognize. Children I went to school with regularly came into class with manure on their shoes from their morning chores. Many of their families have been here for generations, passing down information and techniques. Young farmers are entering a very different atmosphere than that of their parents generation, and this project explores how they are navigating their future in a changing food industry. With a growing interest in organic and local agriculture, more and more people have moved to Delaware County from NYC to start their own farms. This often creates two distinct groups of farmers: the locals and the transplants. The tension these two groups create is able to speak to a broader changing agricultural issue involving wealth, mobility, and access to resources within the United States.

Pink Street, Bovina. 2016.

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Jack Burns' (of Bramley Mountain Farm) beltie cows on East Bramley Mountain Rd.

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Kate Marsiglio (right) of Stony Creek Farm in Walton, NY brings veggies to the house. The farm's slogan “Let your family free-range” attracts a large number of individuals, many from NYC and Westchester.

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Through the barn window at Flaca Vaca Farm.

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Steve Burnett founded the marketing company, Burnett Group, in 1979 in NYC. He has had property in Bovina for several decades but recently decided to live and farm there full time with his wife Kristie Burnett. 

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My mother's barn on Reinertsen Hill Road, Bovina Center NY. 

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Millard Russell's dairy farm, Mountain View Farm (est 1925), was fully operational until his retirement, only several years before his death in 2016. His dedication to his animals and the land as admired greatly by other farmers in Bovina. His two grandchildren arrange photos of him here for his memorial service.

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Darin and Kyle, twin brothers, were in my high school graduating class. Kyle led tractor day every year, and intends on taking over Clark Farms Dairy when his father retires. Darin has little interest in continuing on farming, as he’s seen how difficult it is to make a living. They got matching tattoos of their farms logo in their senior year of high school.

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Simon Martinez (pictured in the background here) and Robert Bollinger moved from NYC to Stamford, NY in 2010. Flaca Vaca Farm consisted of several dozen Red Poll Cattle, all of whom are named.

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Bovina Farm Day.

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Kristie Burnett, originally from Staten Island, is an elementary school teacher in addition to farming full time. Up until recently she commuted to and from Bovina from NYC. 

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A car left from the demolition durby at the Delaware County Fair.

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays several Lucky Dog Farm employees drive produce and meat down to the city to markets and restaurants. The trucks have to be loaded up at 5am in order to complete the whole trip. Jason (shown here) and Rachel, who work with the Lucky Dog Hub project, showed me around during one of those early mornings.

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Kate Marsiglio and Cosmos after butchering chickens. 

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Yumi, one of the Red Poll cattle at Flaca Vaca Farm.

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Valentina and Issac showed me around the pig pens at Stony Creek Farm.

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Lucky Dog Organic is a collaborative farming project in Hamden NY that began with Holley White and Richard Giles in 2000. The couple, originally from Texas, moved to Hamden and along with their two children, took over a country store and inn that had been in the area since the 1800s.

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Del-Rose Farm was started by Barb and Ernie Hanselman. Miquela (pictured here), the youngest Hanselman kid was the year below me in the neighboring school.

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All 7 Hanselman kids, Seth, Paige, Chelsea, Dara, Kale, Ladd, and Miquela (Mickey) grew up on the South Kortright dairy farm. The farm mainly produces milk, but also beef and seasonal vegetables - widely known for their sweet corn in late summer.
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Miquela's Dairy princess sash. 

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The Delaware County Fair in 2015. 

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Kristie Burnett in her greenhouse. 

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Clark Farms in Delhi, NY. 

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Issac Marsiglio holding a chick in the barn at Stony Creek Farm.


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Bovina in early Spring, 2014.

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The Delaware County Fair in 2015.

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Reinertsen Hill Road. 

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