Our Farm

In 1840, Alexander and Stanbury Sweet built a small home and barn in the rolling hills of Lebanon, New York. Like many of the homesteaders in the mid nineteenth century, the Sweet family grew grain and raised livestock. At the turn of the century and through both World Wars the farm predominantly functioned as a dairy. Sadly in the 1960's farming the land ceased. The fields lay fallow and the barn began to deteriorate. Our family came onto the land in 2005. We set out to rejuvenate the abandoned pastures, revitalize the forest and restore the broken farm to its former beauty. Together we are creating a future for this farm and our family. As a young couple with young children we wanted to farm, but lacked practical experience.  We tried our hand at many enterprises but fell in love with mushrooms.  They represent an unknown and mysterious crop.  Every year we learn new and unexpected things about our crop.  As we share this information with you we are continuing the story of the Sweet's 1840 homestead.  These pages carry on the story of their farm...