The Southern Catskill region of New
York State is well known for its dairy
farms, often perched on steep, green slopes,
overlooking lushly forested mountains,
interleaved by the rushing creeks that feed
the watershed of the upper Delaware River.
A drive up Diehl Road in Western Sullivan
County reveals one such landscape, defined
by a single family, whose legacy dates back
five generations on the same hillside, and
overlooking the valley of the Callicoon Creek,
where its patriarchal family established its
original homestead more than a century and
a half ago...
The Diehl Homestead Farm, 2010.
to remain on this land has driven them to
pursue numerous activities to remain solvent
and continue farming, even in times of increasing uncertainty brought about by rising
costs of production and the erratic nature of
milk pricing. Adam has continued the timehonored
spring tradition of maple sugaring,
while dad, Peter, operates an apiary colony
occupying more than thirty hives, that yields
more than five varieties of honey from midspring
through late fall blooms...The Diehl family is glad to
welcome all visitors who wish to tour the farm
and learn more about their operation.
Pete and Alice Diehl, with maple syrup and honey available at the farm store, 2010.
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Benjamin Halpern is a photographer and
native of Sullivan County. The photographs
included here of the Diehl Homestead
Farm are part of a bigger initiative
by the New York Folklore Society and
Cornell Cooperative Extension addressing
the history and lore of the dairy farms
of the Catskill Mountain Region of New
The Diehl Homestead, 2010. All photos are courtesy of the author, Benjamin Halperin.
This is an excerpt here of the full photo essay that appeared in Voices Vol. 38, Spring-Summer 2012. Voices is the membership magazine of the New York Folklore Society. To become a subscriber, join the New York Folklore Society today.
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