Type of Work: Agriculture

Three fishing guides with a catch in Alexandria Bay

Three fishing guides with a catch in Alexandria Bay

Three fishing guides pose with their catch. These fishing guides would paddle gentlemen fishermen about 30 miles a day in their skiffs. Most of the time, they would cook the tourists’ dinner with the fish they caught, called shore dinners. Circa 1870s. On the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, NY. Courtesy of the Alexandria […]

Hammering in stakes at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island

Hammering in stakes at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island

David Belding, on the ladder, hammers in a post held straight by Dani Baker, right. They are hammering in the stakes to create lines for planting. Baker & Belding started Cross Island Farms, a certified organic farm, in 2006. They grow over 150 varieties of vegetables, maintain an edible ‘forest garden’, and keep chickens, ducks, […]

Dani Baker picking beans at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island

Picking beans at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island

Dani Baker, one of the co-founders & operators of Cross Island Farms, displaying freshly picked beans. Cross Island Farms is a certified organic farm started by Baker and David Belding in 2006. Circa 2010s. Wellesley Island, NY. Courtesy of David Belding.

Posing with freshly-caught sturgeon in Alexandria Bay

Posing with freshly-caught sturgeon in Alexandria Bay

Margaret Houghton standing next to a line of sturgeon caught in the St. Lawrence River. Circa 1940. Alexandria Bay, NY. Courtesy of Linda Dingman. Margaret and Cecil Houghton were married in the 1920s, and spent their lives living on the St. Lawrence River. Their granddaughter, Linda Dingman, says her grandfather was a true “river rat”. […]

David Duff with two oxen in Hammond

David Duff with two oxen in Hammond

Back-to-the-land farmer David Duff poses with two oxen, named Jake & Roscoe, at an Old Home Days celebration. 1970s or ’80s. Hammond, NY. Courtesy of David Duff.

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.