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Volume 38
Spring-Summer
2012
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Sullivan County's Diehl Homestead Farm: A Living Testament to the Heritage and Dedication of Six Generations on the Land by Benjamin Halpern

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
The Diehl Homestead Farm, 2010.


Their desire 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
Pete and Alice Diehl, with maple syrup and honey available at the farm store, 2010.

Appointments for individual or group tours can be made by contacting Alice Diehl, either by phone, 845-482-5047, or e-mail hmstdfm@pronetisp.net.

 





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 York State.



The Diehl Homestead, 2010. All photos are courtesy of the author, Benjamin Halperin
The Diehl Homestead, 2010. All photos are courtesy of the author, Benjamin Halperin.




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