Megan Paska moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2006 by way of Baltimore, Md (her hometown). She was no stranger to growing food when she got here. Meg had been gardening in Maryland, her mother and grandmother had vegetable gardens and the rest of her family managed a 450-acre farmstead in rural Virginia where she would spend summers walking through the pastures and valleys picking Chicory and learning to appreciate the quiet.
Once settled in NYC, she found that her landlords were enthusiastic about having a little bit of dirt to dig around in. So, they tore down the ratty old swimming pool that occupied the backyard and put up a raised bed vegetable garden. Soon after came the bees and honey, then the chickens and fresh eggs. They canned, pickled and brewed beer. They lived pretty darn well.
Made by Hand / No 3 The Beekeeper from Made by Hand on Vimeo.
In late 2017 Meg and her partner Neil are moving to Schoharie County, NY to start a new farm. There, they will grow nearly an acre of vegetables and flowers. They will also keep bees, raise dairy goats for making goat’s milk soaps and will maintain a flock of nearly 100 heritage-breed chickens for eggs and insect control. You will be able to find their products at their farm store and local markets in the future.(Photo by Zachary Stieber/Epoch Times)
To find out about how you can become part of our 2018 CSA or for wholesale inquiries, please visit our web store at www.farmermegs.com/shop
I haven’t smiled in the morning since the chickens left Brooklyn.
Maryann, your backyard neighbor
Hi Maryann! I’m sorry to hear that! I know the folks there still have a coop so maybe one day some chickens will return to Greenpoint! Have a Happy New Year!
I am interested in volunteering at your farm, Seven Arrows East, in NJ. I have tried emailing and calling the contact information listed on your website, but haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone. Can you please tell me your preferred method of communication? Thank you in advance. Claire
I’ll be in touch soon. The weather has been delaying any volunteer days for now but you’ve been added to the list of people to contact once the weather breaks. Thanks so much for getting in touch.
Oh ok thanks a bunch I look forward to hearing from you (and for this snowy weather to come to an end!)
Good to hear and see a fellow keeper of the bees!
Bought your book as an impulse buy last night in a book shop in Birmingham uk, as I like to support fellow beekeepers, have you thought of doing a lecture tour of the uk?, plenty of our bee keeping associations would like to hear you I am sure. Am giving your book to my son Dr Reuben Gibbons who used to keep bees at Imperial College London, as about as urban as you can get, keep up the good work.
Thanks for writing. I’d love to come to the UK of course to speak about beekeeping but I have not had any opportunities present themselves as of yet. Perhaps that might change in the future.
I appreciate the drop in and the kind words. Thank you for purchasing my book! My I ask where you bought it?
Waterstones High Street, Birmingham. We have one specialist Bee Bookshop in England, called Northern Bee Books, you might like to email them and check they stock your book. Beekeepers in England are great book buyers and the amateurs, like my family, tend to have a high disposable income.
Thanks so much for the tip, Chris!
Hi Meg! I need more of your awesome soap, and the link isn’t working on etsy 🙁 How can i get my paws on some? Cheers, Jen
Hey there! I’ll shoot you and email!
We love your website and the choices that you have made in your life. You are an extraordinary human being. With that said we were hoping that if you had the time you could participate in a Maker’s Expo on December 10th in Eatontown, NJ.
Thanks for your kind words! I’d love to be involved but unfortunately I’ve committed to a market that day in Asbury Park. Best of luck! I hope the Expo is well attended!
I just picked up your beekeeping book and started to learn about the world of beekeeping. Within a week of reading your book, The Economist came out with an article on a new mobile application and that detects hives in distress. Here is a link to the article: https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21739645-matching-honeybee-noises-their-ailments-new-app-listens-problems
Hopefully, if I eventually become a beekeeper, this new technology will help beginners!
I just figured I would pass this information along!
Hey Andrea! Thanks for checking in and I hope you are enjoying the book. Thank you for forwarding this link to me. Can’t wait to sit down to read it later! Have a great spring! -Meg
Hi Meg – Love your work and wanted to invite you to A Charity Chilis Feast. Do you have an email I can send the invite to? With kind regards, Vanessa
Hi! Sorry that I am just seeing this. I hope your charity feast was a success and thank you so much for thinking of me!