Almanack Contributor Tracy Frisch

Tracy Frisch

Tracy Frisch is an independent journalist, homesteader and community activist living in rural Argyle, Washington County, NY. Her varied career has taken her to the coalfields of West Virginia as a VISTA volunteer, the NYS Legislature and many places in between and since then.

Passionate about growing food, from 1996 to 2004 she led the Regional Farm & Food Project, a sustainable agriculture organization that she founded. She has a penchant for starting groups and takes pride in having once been called an outside agitator.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A New Crop of Farmers Take Root in Champlain Valley

asa_courtney_cattle-600x468When Asa Thomas-Train met his future wife, Courtney Grimes-Sutton, she was skinning a pig. Rather than wonder why an attractive young woman was doing a job usually reserved for big, brawny guys, Asa reacted with admiration. “She’s an incredibly capable, charismatic, and strong woman,” he said recently.

That summer of 2010, they were working at Essex Farm, a mecca for edgy young farmers honing their agricultural skills. Founded a decade ago by Mark and Kristin Kimball, the farm has had a prodigious influence, spawning new farmers and a warm farming community. Kristin recounted the farm’s unfolding in her memoir The Dirty Life. » Continue Reading.

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