An Organic Farm With A Legacy

Eighty years ago, a cluster of stone barns was built to make John D. Rockefeller’s dairy cows comfortable on his estate a half hour’s drive north of New York City. Eight years ago, $30 million in family money transformed the place into headquarters for a non-profit farm that grows food for partner restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Now, here is a look at the gardens:

Photographs by Michael Moran via SALT Studio except where noted.

Above: Landscape architect Gigi Saltonstall designed an herb garden, a large courtyard, and an area for crop demonstrations at the Rockefeller Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. The working four-season farm enables restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns to serve what’s in season. Instead of seeing a set menu, diners choose from a daily list of more than 100 ingredients available from the fields and local market.

Above: Set on 80 acres of rolling land, the barns were also used, in the 1970s, for Peggy Rockefeller’s cattle farming project.

Above: The goal of the design by SALT Studio was preserve the historical farm vernacular while adapting the site to 21st century uses.

Above: A farm resident; photograph by Put the Needle on the Record via Flickr.

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43 comments

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

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Ana Passos
Past Member 4 years ago

nice

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Mary L.
Mary L4 years ago

And only took 30 million dollars. Amazing what money does isn't it?

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Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago

What a beautiful place.

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Maggie Kearns
Maggie Kearns4 years ago

Thanks!

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Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard4 years ago

Thanks very pretty place

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Hayley Cruze
Hayley C4 years ago

So pretty!! Thanks

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Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage s4 years ago

Thanks

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Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage s4 years ago

ty

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

great story

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