• Listening to a farmer's story


We all enjoy and are part of stories. Understanding the larger biographies of people on the land helps us see where we fit in. Understanding the personal stories of people on the land lets us understand how others have lived and continue to live in our landscape. The power of these stories has influenced our own work and has led us to build more history into our presentations; it has directed our attention towards the collection of oral histories. As always, our work itself is an uncompleted story, but below you’ll find some of our tales, as well as upcoming opportunities to contribute your own stories of land relationships as part of our Living Land Project.

Current Story Requests:  Read more about our current requests for stories about places and land relationships of importance to you, as well as recollections from long-term residents, including favorite childhood places, family stories, and memories of how the landscape used to look.

New Farmer Narrative Project: The stories of 20 new farmers in Columbia County, documented through a multi-panel exhibit.

The Story of our Soil:  A Powerpoint project following the human story of our soils, in part through the writings of two Columbia County residents.

Human Nature: Ecology and Human History in Columbia County, NY - by Conrad Vispo.  Our upcoming book that explores the story of the County. It is forthcoming from Adonis Press, and supported by grants from Furthermore and the Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation.  Stay tuned for more information on when it will be released and how you can get a copy.