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  • Junkyard arts and crafts

    Junkyard arts and crafts

    Tim Fields’ garage is crammed with buckets, filled to the brim with old machine parts. His scrap collection overflows into temporary storage in his driveway. Fields, who lives in Stillwater, NJ, has a career that many would envy: he builds and maintains race cars. He has an equally all-consuming passion, combining scrap metal and discarded...

  • Earthshine


    The man in your life should be the sort who

    gathers firewood on Sunday. Who wipes sweat

    off his brow and pulls...

    • Jul 1, 2019 03:57 pm
  • Ashes to pendant

    Ashes to pendant

    Mourning her dog, an artist opens his urn

    By Melissa Shaw-Smith

    When Jennifern Hippely lost her beloved dog...

    • May 1, 2019 01:00 pm
  • Little foodies

    Little foodies

    With five kids of their own, a farm family invites the whole school over

    By Becca Tucker

    Steve MacLean walks...

    • May 1, 2019 12:00 pm
  • Joining the cavemen

    Joining the cavemen

    The making of a barefoot runner

    By Orion Russell Blake

    February 3, 2010. That’s when it started. I was...

    • Mar 13, 2019 01:06 pm
  • Seed Catalogue to Farmstand

    Seed Catalogue to Farmstand

    This one stores well

    You could be eating cucumbers on Christmas

    Germination is slow and...

    • Mar 6, 2019 12:58 pm
  • Making heirlooms from the playroom

    Making heirlooms from the playroom

    ‘If we can buy groceries with it once a month that would be great.’

    By Melissa...

    • Feb 28, 2019 03:19 pm
  • Mission: the simple life

    Mission: the simple life

    “I do it every morning,” says Richard Gniadek, returning his young rabbits’ furry nosed kisses as he feeds...

    • Jan 3, 2019 12:31 pm
  • WeWork for the mindful set

    WeWork for the mindful set

    A new spa for finding your chi, or your next business idea

    By Becca Tucker

    We’ve been hiding, said Kim...

    • Jan 1, 2019 12:00 pm
  • Summer of ‘12

    Summer of ‘12

    Acres, twenty

    Six mouths to feed.

    I plow and harrow, seed interred

    The kids, too small to...

    • Nov 28, 2018 12:00 pm
  • Clay became her ‘one black crayon’

    Clay became her ‘one black crayon’

    In ceramic vessels, capturing the quiet, detailed beauty of nature

    By Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Paula Shalan’s...

    • Nov 13, 2018 11:29 am
  • The rest

    The rest

    I don’t ever want to have a job

    Just a paycheck, thanks

    I will never need you

    Your commute,...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:49 pm
  • When high finance comes home to the farm

    When high finance comes home to the farm

    Building the ‘Amazon of craft beverage ingredients’

    When I arrive, Rachel Czub is arranging flowers from...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:33 pm
  • A party with a purpose

    A party with a purpose

    ‘As we transform the landscape, we’re transforming ourselves’

    By Becca Tucker

    I arrived at...

    • Aug 30, 2018 02:21 pm
  • Inside the hippie cult

    Inside the hippie cult

    Coming of age in the biggest, most audacious commune in American history

    By Becca Tucker

    The day we met for...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:39 pm
  • Fishing


    I don’t catch many fish

    I’m not a natural

    The arc of the weighted line and fly

    As it...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:43 pm
  • The piano hammer man

    The piano hammer man

    Ray Negron works alone in the Ronsen Piano Hammer Company on the banks of Esopus Creek, surrounded by the Catskill Mountains. The...

    • Jun 29, 2018 01:30 pm
  • A meditation on water

    A meditation on water

    Becoming the flesh and blood of the boat. That’s the way to win. But I didn’t sign up for Learn to Row just to win.

    • May 2, 2018 12:50 pm
  • SPIT



    It’s what I wanted to be

    Able to do




    • May 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • Barrel shortage? Woodworker jumps in.

    Barrel shortage? Woodworker jumps in.

    “Four years ago I find out there’s a barrel crisis in America,” says John Cox, in his wood shop in High...

    • May 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • The Cost of Warmth

    The Cost of Warmth

    • Apr 23, 2018 12:21 pm
  • The nonchalant cheesemaker

    The nonchalant cheesemaker

    “I love hard work, I love animals, I love dirt,” says Jesse Clark. Clark moved to Highland Lakes, New Jersey, in...

    • Mar 9, 2018 11:20 am
  • Around this snowy bend

    Around this snowy bend

    I hear the song of summer

    Around this snowy bend,

    Where the cold wind will stop blowing

    And the...

    • Mar 1, 2018 01:00 pm
  • Luck comes to the quick of brush

    Luck comes to the quick of brush

    ‘You can’t chase the light or you end up with mish-mash’

    Melissa Shaw-Smith


    • Jan 5, 2018 03:12 pm
  • The bards are back in town

    The bards are back in town

    By Wendy Insinger

    Six-fifteen. Any Wednesday night. The main street of rustic arts and crafts Sugar Loaf Village are...

    • Jan 5, 2018 03:00 pm
  • A grand tribute to intestines

    A grand tribute to intestines

    Just don’t call it graffiti. The murals that went up in August around Sussex, NJ, are a “curated venture,”...

    • Nov 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • The cardboard ladies

    The cardboard ladies

    Building a scene that’s about more than drinking

    By Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Dayna Christison, Rebecca Pry,...

    • Oct 27, 2017 12:33 pm
  • I Shot a Tree

    I Shot a Tree

    I shot a tree to death on my way to Viet Nam. My first war crime. I knew I was going to die and didn’t want to die alone.

    • Oct 26, 2017 11:44 am
  • The man behind the eye candy

    The man behind the eye candy

    ‘It was only natural’ to paint Elvis on the side of the barn

    By Becca Tucker

    It started with...

    • Sep 6, 2017 04:51 pm
  • Mr. Miller’s tractors

    Mr. Miller’s tractors

    Bruce Miller is finishing a paint job on an early 1960s blue Fordson Super Major tractor, before turning it out into his yard.

    • Aug 30, 2017 12:35 pm


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Joining the cavemen
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Cora’s belly birth
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The zero-waste mom
  • May 3, 2019
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