Type of Work: Agriculture

Farming seed potatoes in Saranac Lake

Leavitt Farms is located on Route 86 between Gabriels and Saranac Lake, with high, open fields and stunning views of the Adirondacks.  Lenore Leavitt married into a seed potato farming family. She helped the business grow from just a few acres into the many still used today.

The Oval Wood Dish farm in Tupper Lake

The Oval Wood Dish farm in Tupper Lake

People threshing at the Oval Wood Dish farm. The farm was connected to the Oval Wood Dish mill. Circa 1920. Tupper Lake, NY. Photo courtesy of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Maple Sugaring in West Chazy

Repairing maple sugar lines in West Chazy

Lines for gathering sap at Sacred Roots Maple, a maple business founded by Ben & Ashley Clark in 2016. In the photo, Ben is repairing lines that were damaged by squirrels. 2017. West Chazy, NY. Courtesy of Ben & Ashley Clark.

An auction for the H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission in Chazy

An auction for the H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission in Chazy

A livestock at the Neverett farm. The man holding the cane behind the cows is Harry Neverett, the founder of H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission. To the right of him in the jumpsuit is his eldest son, Robert Neverett. In the top right in the booth is the auctioneer, auctioning off cattle, and one of […]

Cars lined up for H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission auction in Chazy

Cars lined up for H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission auction in Chazy

Cars parked outside the Neverett farm for a livestock auction. The H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission held auctions at their home every Thursday, and in Ellenburg Depot every Tuesday. This view shows Route 9; the paddock where the animals were held is on the left. 1946. Chazy, NY. Photo courtesy of Kim Neverett Howley.

The paddock area at H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission in Chazy

The paddock area at H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission in Chazy

Cows in a paddock at the Neverett farm. The H.L. Neverett & Sons Livestock Commission would hold an auction there every Thursday. On the right, you can see a chute where the cows would come into the paddock after being delivered by trucks. The auction was held in the barn on the left. 1956. Chazy, […]

Growing up on the LeClair farm in Churubusco

Frank LeClair, Chuck LeClair, and Victor LaClair (yes, his last name is spelled differently) are three of nine siblings. They were born and raised on the family farm in Churubusco. From an early age, they learned farm tasks like haying and milking cows, and they remember finding ways to have fun doing them.

Running Underwood Herbs in Plattsburgh

Jane Desotelle owns Underwood Herbs, where she sells herbs at local farmers’ markets. She actually helped get those farmers markets started, and now she’s the Executive Director of the Adirondack Farmers Market Cooperative.  She lives in the same property where she grew up in Plattsburgh, where her mother first taught her to pick herbs and […]

Apple picking in the North Country

Apple picking in the North Country

Apple pickers pose with a horse drawn wagon in an apple orchard, possibly located in the Champlain Valley area. Note barrels—used to hold apples. Circa 1900. Champlain Valley region of NYS.