March 27, 2017

A Big Pruning Project at the Farm

Lots of pruning continues at the farm.

After the long winter, it's refreshing to discover a few signs of spring, such as the soft, velvety paws of the pussy willow, Salix discolor. After purchasing my farm, I decided to plant an entire mixed-variety pussy willow grove in an area behind my main greenhouse - at the moist edge of the wetlands. In 2012, my outdoor grounds crew gave the pussy willows a heavy pruning. It is good to do this every few years to keep them productive and healthy. Now, five years later, it was time to do it again before the start of any active growth. Here are some photos of the process.

Enjoy.

March 25, 2017

Serving as Guest Editor for Down East, the Magazine of Maine

As many you know, one of my favorite places to visit is Maine, where I have a very special home named Skylands on Mount Desert Island.

Last year, I was invited to serve as Guest Editor of the April/May 2017 issue of Down East, a wonderful magazine illuminating the culture, food and spirit of Maine. I was truly delighted with the opportunity to share my stories, thoughts and inspirations with its readers - I have so many fond memories of my time there - hiking the trails of Acadia National Park, visiting the area gardens, restaurants and shops, and restoring my beloved and historic home. 

If you haven't already seen the issue, I encourage you to pick up a copy today if you can - it is on regional Maine newsstands through May 23rd. I want to thank the entire Down East team for all their hard work - in particular, Down East Special Projects Editor,  Sarah Stebbins, and Earle Shettleworth Jr., one-time president of the Maine Historical Society, author of "Mount Desert Island: Somesville, Southwest Harbor, and Northeast Harbor” and "Bar Harbor,” and Maine State Historian. And, thanks to longtime member of my team, Senior Brand Relations Manager, Kimberly Dumer, for all her contributions. Enjoy this photo gallery and the spring edition of Down East. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

March 24, 2017

Checking in on My Pigeons

My pigeons are enjoying their time at the farm.

As many of you know, I added 20-fancy pigeons to my Bedford flock earlier this year. They live in a very safe coop near my chicken yard. Many of the birds were featured in last year's “Fly by Night” performance in New York City by artist, Duke Riley and were members of Duke’s personal flock. Others were borrowed or rescued from pigeon fanciers for the performance. I adopted this small group to live here at the farm, and I am happy to report, they are all healthy, happy and thriving.

Here are some of the latest photos… enjoy.