I started this blog in 2008 under the name Gypsy Forest. My intention was to record the busy days of raising a family and living creatively - and to share these moments with friends and family spread all over the United States. We changed the name to Sweetbrier Farms in 2015 when we bought our dream property in upstate New York. We're doing our best right now to save money to start building our farm and to put roots in this area of the country we love so much.....
We used to be gypsies.
Not real ones, truthfully. But we thought of ourselves as a modern day variety. As wanderers. For over two decades we moved, and moved..... and moved. Babies were born, and they learned to walk, and we all made beautiful friends, and we moved, and moved some more. Alaska. Massachusetts. Alaska again. Wisconsin. South Louisiana. Massachusetts again. And soon, New York.
Through the always beautiful and sometimes difficult chaos of it all, we dreamed. Of settling down. Of a cabin. Of woods. Of a little farm.
As time passed, the dream called louder.
And then, one day we found ourselves looking out over nearly thirty acres of beautiful land in upstate New York. Over the next year we visited this place in every season, on every drive North to visit family. We fell in love. And plotted and dreamed. We walked the property dozens of times. Him looking for building sites and me swooning over every wildflower and medicinal weed. Almost exactly one year after first setting foot on this property, we signed papers to make it ours.
There is no house. No structure of any kind. There are three and a half acres of rolling pasture and twenty-six acres of woods with a little stream meandering through the back of it. A beautiful fresh slate for a new chapter in our lives. One that will hold tremendous work and more dreams to bring it to fruition.
But a place to let our roots finally sink into the earth, a place to grow a home.
Every good place needs a name, and every name has a story....
A long time ago while living in a small Alaskan town, a young man was a sailor on a ship. He met a young girl in that town far away from his own home. They fell in love. And got married. And had babies. And traveled around like gypsies. The name of that ship was the Sweetbrier. They called her "the rose of the fleet". She was the beginning of the first leg of our journey, so we thought it only fitting to honor her in the next leg as well.
And so we decided to call it Sweetbrier Farms. There is only one farm - but we think of "farms" as a verb, instead of a noun.
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As the main recorder of these stories, perhaps you'd like to know a bit more about me.
I am Stephinie. Mother to four, partner to Joe. I strive to be mindful. Creative. Loving.
Local Foodie. Amused by chickens. Entranced by honeybees.
Lover of dogs+tea+chocolate+coffee+whiskey (not necessarily in that order)
Mouth like a sailor and heart like a mama bear.
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