Hockessin's Woodside Creamery Featured in Artist's Century Farms Series
May 18, 2015 05:24PM ● Published by Kevin
Woodside Creamery owners Joseph and Kathryn Mitchell, as depicted by landscape artist Mark S. Reeve in his Century Farms paintings series.
"Partnering with the Delaware Department of Agriculture on a year-long project to preserve the images of historic First State farms, Reeve has aimed to preserve the history of some of Delaware’s oldest agricultural families and lands," the article says. "Through interviews with these farming families, he tells their stories of how they sustained and advanced their agricultural heritage through generations, even through challenges in the economy and the increase in local development."
The Delaware Century Farm Portraits Project features 10 paintings of the oldest Century Farms in the state. A Century Farm is an agricultural properties owned by the same family and farmed continuously for more than 100 years.
"Reeve believes that the Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, DE is a testament to this ability to evolve," the article continues.
It was purchased in 1796 as mainly a dairy operation. It originally producted milk and butter. In 1961, the farm produced crops, eggs, poultry, sheep, beef, flowers and pumpkins. It now produces alfalfa, clover, orchard grass and rye grass to create lush, green pastures and "hay fields where Jersey cows can graze and live in a clean and low stress setting."
The Woodside Farm Creamery opened in May 1998.
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