Research Interview with Mark Kimball, Owner of Essex Farm

We visited Essex Farm on our way to a weekend camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains. We spoke with owner Mark Kimball (pictured above) in his tomato field, and then roamed his farm until dinnertime. Mark invited us to stay for his weekly Friday Team Dinner, where we had homemade pasta, vegetables, cheese and yogurt. Ever since, we have been (unsuccessfully) searching for a cheese that comes close to as good as what we had there. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality, Mark and Kristin! For more information about Essex Farm, visit http://www.essexfarmcsa.com/ 

“FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION”

We didn’t sit down for a formal interview with Mark, but he was a wealth of information. The Essex Farm CSA is full diet (fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat), year round: a pretty incredible feat for being so far North and farming on sandy Adirondack soil. Mark had the following suggestions regarding our project:

“KEEP THINGS AS MODULAR AND ADJUSTABLE AS POSSIBLE”

This will make expansion and repurposing easier, should we need to do so in the future.


Make as much of the building “exposed” as possible.

“EACH COMPONENT OF THE BUILDING CAN BE A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY” 

Exposed structural elements make for informative tours.

Regarding technology, Mark encouraged us develop a system for tracking where Dilmun produce is, that people could view in real time. He suggested that we take advantage of underutilized cooler space on campus, which could make our produce more readily available to students, faculty, and campus businesses. 

Photos by Sasson Rafailov

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