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This interview was conducted by Lucy Segar at The Kress Family Farm in Livingston NY, on June 16th, 2015. Edmund Kress is the youngest boy in the Kress family, he is ten years old, and lives in Livingston with his eight siblings and parents on their farm. He is homeschooled, loves to ride horses, take care of the pigs and other animals on the farm, and play with his siblings. In the interview he often whispers to the interviewer to clarify a question or when he is unsure.
In this interview Edmund talks about what he did that day: his chores, such as feeding and watering the pigs, what he ate that day, doing his homeschool work with a teacher, getting a halter and reins and riding a pony, and potentially hooking up the pony to a buggy and riding it to get ice cream. He explains how he cares for the pigs in great detail, as well as his dog and puppy. He talks about their former home (near Hawthorne Valley) and how much nicer it was there; with a pond, dog-loving neighbors, the quiet road. He talks about his house now, and how his father renovated it, and he described the house’s unfinished state. Edmund talks about making apple cider and maple syrup, being bullied by his older brothers, rubbing the pigs bellies, their church, The Canaan Fellowship, singing and praying.
Edmund talks about why he is grateful to have so many animals in his life, and what he wants his life to be like in ten years, perhaps wanting to build houses or work with his dad.
This interview might be of interest to people who want to learn more about: farming, organic farming, keeping pigs and horses, homesteading, homeschooling, siblings, families, technology free households, and long time Hudson area residents.
Lucy Segar is from Marlboro, VT, but lives in Hudson, NY, where she works as a writer, educator and movement artist. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at The Fashion Institute of Technology, she also teaches interdisciplinary courses for kids in Hudson at the Hudson Intermediary School and through Kite’s Nest. Lucy attended OHSS in 2015.
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