September 28, 2016

A Wedding at My Home in Maine

It was a crisp, beautiful autumn day - just perfect for a wedding at my Maine home on Mount Desert Island.

Last weekend, my gardener at Skylands, Mike Harding, married his fiancee, Christina. Mike asked me some time ago if he could have the wedding at my house. Mike has worked with me for more than 13-years, so I was delighted with the idea.

He and Christina planned a small and intimate event with their immediate families and closest friends. They also planned to do all the arrangements and preparations themselves - everything from cooking the food to making the table centerpieces. It was quite an undertaking, but the results were nothing short of beautiful. Enjoy these photos.

 

September 27, 2016

American Made on Facebook

There's still time to order your American Made Summit tickets!

This month, we’re very busy preparing for our 5th annual American Made Summit! This super-successful, nationally recognized event honors makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food, and style. The Summit is your chance to learn from the nation's most influential innovators and business people. Listen-in on inspiring talks hosted by me and other well-known industry leaders; shop our wide and interesting vendor section, and taste delicious meals and snacks throughout the day!

American Made takes place on October 22nd at our headquarters in New York City. I hope to see you all there! In the meantime, I invited two of our past winners to join me on yesterday's special American Made Facebook LIVE. If you missed it, you can watch by clicking on "Facebook American Made". Enjoy these photos, and don't forget to click here to buy your tickets for American Made 2016!

 

September 26, 2016

A Perch for My Peafowl

My flock of peafowl is growing and thriving here at my Bedford, New York farm. I now have two adult peacocks, three adult peahens, and several peachicks.

Peafowl can add an exotic element to any farm, but caring for them is a huge responsibility. It is very important to me that all my animals get the best of care. And for the birds, this includes a safe place to roost - they like to be up high to see what is around them and to escape from predators if needed.

All my outdoor birds have access to natural perches made from old felled trees here at the farm. Recently, I had one moved and "planted" near the new peafowl coop. Here are some photos.