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This interview was conducted with Julia Phillip at her home in Claverack, NY, on June 18th, 2015. Julia Phillip has run Phillip Orchards in Claverack, NY for roughly the past fifty years. In this life history Julia discusses her earliest memories in Princeton, NJ where she grew up. Julia speaks about her experiences growing up before World War II, attending college at Vassar College, sitting down to a knitting party with Eleanor Roosevelt, transferring to the University of Richmond, moving home to Princeton, NJ, writing for the local newspaper, meeting her husband, moving to New York City for work, living in a co-ed apartment, her wedding day, starting a family in New York City, being involved in racial integration of her children’s school, gradually moving up to the family’s orchard in Claverack, NY, and how it has been running the orchard in the present day.
Marnie Macgregor is a 2014 graduate of Bard College, and holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. Originally from a farm in central Minnesota, she is passionate about the intersection between agriculture, rural communities, and the Midwest. By completing this workshop, Marnie hopes to continue conducting interviews in her local community, collecting stories about the disappearing family farm landscape and how it effects small town viability. Marnie also grew up on an apple orchard, and was particularly interested in speaking with Julia Philips because of this connection.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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