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a pennsylvania farm

A dear friend of mine sent me this wonderful story from the NY Times and I just had to share it with you…it features a Pennsylvania farm brought back to life by its passionate homeowners, Esther and Brian Dormer, and their innovative designer, Lisa Dagnal…when the Dormers bought the farm 11 years ago, its 150 rolling acres were covered in trash…the family spent weekends clearing the debris and eventually hired a professional farmer to help them grow organic food for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank…from 2001 through 2007, the farm donated more than 150,000 pounds of food! Bravo to the Dormers for their vision, hard work, and generosity! After seven successful years of farming, they decided to turn the working farm into a weekend getaway for family and friends…it is filled with a brilliant mix of decorative and utilitarian ideas…my favorite, the wheelbarrows in the lower barn that have been dressed up with silver and dark brown paint (top photo)…they transform into ice buckets for parties! What fun!

But this post would not be complete without a little story to accompany the photo above…the glowing greenhouses recall a magical day that is forever etched in my memory, one that I shared with my friend who sent me this article…a most heartfelt thank you to her for thinking of me!

It was cold winter afternoon…I was walking mimi and bella around the back neighborhood and, as always, we pass by Busa farm (in Lexington, MA) on our way home…except that afternoon I noticed something different…the glass greenhouse, which is usually dark that time of year, was all aglow with a warm golden light…it was absolutely beautiful! I stood there at the edge of the sidewalk for as long as the dogs would allow, soaking in the quiet beauty of this luminous glass sculpture amid the winter landscape…for me, this image is a glorious reminder of that special winter day…please enjoy!

photos by Tony Cenicola for the New York Times, to read the entire article, click here


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the farm ~ a ray of hope

Sometimes, an impassioned cause brings people together in ways no one could ever predict…a coming together of heart and mind for a common goal…in January of 2010, I joined a grassroots effort to save a local farm from development…this would be the start of a long journey, and one whose outcome has yet to be determined, but along the way I met a courageous visionary whose tireless energy and optimism gave me hope…my dear friend Janet Kern gave me hope…I want to dedicate this post to her and thank her for all she has shared with me and this community…without her leadership and heroic efforts, we would not be where we are today…we have real hope for the future

May 2011 bring us much to celebrate and may this farm continue to breathe and sustain life for generations to come

To learn more about the progress we are making, click on LexFarm

photos by me, 12/30/10

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the farm

“When I was four years old, as I well remember, I was brought from Boston to this my native town, through these very woods and this field, to the pond. It is one of the oldest scenes stamped on my memory. And now to-night my flute has waked the echos over that very water. The pines still stand here older than I; or, if some have fallen, I have cooked my supper with their stumps, and a new growth is rising all around, preparing another aspect for new infant eyes. Almost the same johnswort springs from the same perennial root in this pasture, and even I have at length helped to clothe that fabulous landscape of my infant dreams, and one of the results of my presence and influence is seen in these bean leaves, corn blades and potato vines.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

(photos by danielle boudrot, summer 2010)

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save this farm

save this farm…

there is a lush, thriving, historic, farm in my town…it’s land has been farmed since 1642 and it’s on the verge of development…

my friends and i have organized a concert to benefit the lexington community farm coalition, an non profit organization helping to protect and preserve local agriculture…the concert is this saturday night, october 9th 8:00 pm at the follen church in lexington…please join us for an evening of chamber music and poetry…there is a wonderful website with more information about the concert and the work we are doing at


I’d like to share with you some very personal photographs I took this summer…the subject ~ a plow from the farm…how magnificent it’s form and purposeful it’s task…may it plow the earth for many hundreds of years to come

(photos by danielle boudrot, summer 2010)

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