Type of Work: Agriculture

Thomas LaClair on growing up on a 375 acre dairy farm in Clayton

Thomas LaClair says he’s what’s called a ‘boomerang’ – he was raised in Clayton, spent most of his career in the US Airforce, and returned to the North Country in his retirement. Today, he lives about two miles from where he grew up in the 1950s and 60s, which was a 375 acre dairy farm. […]

Warren Allen checking sap tubing in Croghan

Warren Allen checking sap tubing in Croghan

Warren Allen checking sap tubing in the woods of the Allen sugarbush.  Croghan, NY. Circa 1990. Donated by Warren and Eleanor Allen. The Allens moved from New York City to the Croghan area in 1975, to make maple syrup. They sold their own syrup, and their neighbors’ syrup, in New York City for years.

Warren Allen and Steve Zehr boil maple sap into syrup at the Allen sugarhouse.

Warren Allen boiling maple syrup at the Allen sugarhouse in Croghan

Warren Allen and Steve Zehr boil maple sap into syrup at the Allen sugarhouse. Croghan, NY. Circa 1990. Donated by Warren and Eleanor Allen. Warren Allen grew up in Watertown, then moved to New York City where he lived with his wife until 1975, when they decided to move back to the North Country. The […]

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”. […]