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"This Heirloom Life"
a lecture on gardening, food, and rural life
by The Fabulous Beekman 1802 Boys
Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Join us for a special lecture that's part of the annual Copake Falls Day
Other CFD features:
Margaret Roach garden open 10-4
Plant sale by legendary Broken Arrow Nursery
more, more, more townwide events!
When NY Times bestselling author Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge (physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia) purchased the historic Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs, NY, they had no idea that it would launch one of the “fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country.” (source: Nasdaq) Originally just a weekend getaway from their hectic NYC lives, the farm became their lifeline after both men lost their jobs within one month of each other during the recession of 2008. Faced with possible foreclosure, the pair made a decision – if they were going to save their farm, they would have to make it profitable.
After taking in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell began producing soaps and cheese. As other neighbors taught them how to farm, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell shared their city-honed skills – starting a website and Mercantile. The men began working with several other local farmers and artisans to market their goods, and the entire village came together to host seasonal festivals.
Soon the press began noticing this little farm and village that refused to give up. A television network launched a reality show about the effort that spread the Beekman message of hard work, living seasonally, and neighborly sharing around the globe. In 2012, the duo was chosen to compete on CBS’s “The Amazing Race.” Which they won!
Beekman 1802 has proven that a farm can be much bigger than its fences. The farm might just be one place on a map, but we count as our neighbors folks from all around the world.
Come hear them talk about "The Heirloom Life," from gardening and farming, to raising goats, making soap, cooking and more. Ticket types include with or without a book included, and patron-level tickets feature a breakfast reception with the Beekman Boys before their talk.
- Breakfast reception and signing: 10-11 AM
- Lecture: 11-12 noon
- Signing continues after lecture
(Note: REFUND POLICY -- Since this will be a sold-out event, no guaranteed refunds after Monday, August 12. We will make every effort to match up your ticket with a wait-lister if we can, but it may not be possible last-minute. Thanks!)
When & Where
Friends of Taconic State Park
Friends of Taconic State Park was established in 2008 to support cultural, recreational and educational activities within the park. The group offers outdoor events throughout the year, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects including the history of the Copake Iron Works, a historic site within the park.
Among other projects, the Friends recently completed the stabilization and preservation of the site's historic blast furnace. Unique for its intact state, the furnace offers a rare and illuminating glimpse into 19th century iron making. Proceeds from today’s event will continue restoration work.
Special thanks and gratitude are extended to Margaret Roach for her abiding support of and commitment to our efforts.