Ross Farm Newsletter 2018, Edition 9
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Slow Grow Start

What a long, slow start to spring 2018 this has been! Luckily our extraordinary gardeners were ready to get ‘growing’ as soon as Mother Nature allowed. They were able to plant cold weather plants like greens and broccoli in late April. Early May brought the Northern New Jersey Unit of the Herbal Society of America to the farm to tour the garden and manor house. 

NNJUHSA unit meets in the Manor House.  Photo by Hilary Klimek

The NNJUHSA is the organization that tends the Wick garden in Jockey Hollow Morristown. Several of our Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate board members assist in the tending of the Wick garden which has become a partner in the creation of our own historic/educational bed in Boudinot’s Giving Garden. Members of the NNJUHSA brought either herb divisions from their personal gardens or nursery seedling of plants appropriate for planting in our “new” bed. 

Speaking of the “new” bed, visitors to the garden in 2017 may have noticed the bed with the spiral trellis looking a bit unloved. It has long been on the short list for improvement and to that end stacking stones have been ordered to raise the inner and outer circles creating seating space. Providing a beautiful, restful space in the garden has long been a goal of the garden management. Once the bed perimeter is raised, historic and educational plants, several of which came from either the Wick garden or members of the NNJUHSA, will be planted and marked as to their culinary/medicinal properties. 

Another Ross Farm partner, Back To Nature Home and Garden, provided space at their nursery during the month of May to allow our garden management to raise funds and accept seedling donations from their customers. This is the third successive year BTN has supported this effort on behalf of Boudinot’s Giving Garden at the Ross Farm. We are deeply appreciative of their sponsorship on behalf of our efforts in the garden. And for those of you who may not already know, the garden provided 2,112 pounds of produce in 2017. The slow start to the 2018 growing season will certainly be a challenge for our gardeners to beat the 2017 total, but have no doubt; they are bound and determined to do so with the help of our terrific sponsors and volunteers! 

Photos by Jan Williams
Finally, but most importantly, the church coalition that tends the garden during the summer growing season gathered on May 20th to do the summer planting. With the help of so many dedicated individuals, the garden is off to a great start.  
Photo by Lea O'Shea

That's a Wrap on the Hap

From all reports, the fourth annual ARTsee Happening on May 5th, Cinco De Mayo, was a terrific success! Attendance records were up. Art sales were up and the café ran out of various menu items long before the day was over. Our music coordinator had a terrific line up of musicians performing throughout the day, capped off by an amazing group of 8th graders called the Dixietones. 

Tommy Forzani, Joey Forzani, Ean Stolzer, Philip Choi, Jordan Guzzi in the front, and Josh Conklin, and Ryan Hargy in the back.  Photo by Nola Hansen 

All in all, guests seemed to have had a great time getting their fiesta on at the Cinco De Mayo themed event.

Did you know?

In 1787, Samuel Lewis Southard, the ninth child and eighth son of Henry and Sarah Lewis Southard, was born on the Ross Farm property. Samuel lived on the farmstead until his graduation from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). Samuel possessed a long and illustrious resume of political and military achievements. For example, in the years 1822 and 1823 he served as the Governor of New Jersey. A return to the US Senate necessitated his resignation of the role of Governor.  

June and July heat up with Exciting Concerts

The next couple of months bring three exciting musicians to the Ross Farm continuing our 2018 slogan, “American Voices Making Music Where History Made America.” North Carolina native Caleb Caudle and his band will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, after the conclusion of our first Military Appreciation and History Day. Caleb was recently dubbed “the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon – rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite,” by Rolling Stone editors for their list of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” He has played Nashville’s famed AmericanaFest multiple times and his song, “Borrowed Smiles” was featured on last season’s dramatic season finale of CMT’s Nashville. 

Caudle’s latest album, Crushed Coins, is a dark and dreamy narrative about following the light at the end of the tunnel. “I think the overall theme of the record is trying to find hope in a dark place. It’s about relying on the people and the things that you love,” Caudle says, who was inspired by soul, blues, and jazz, specifically Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way. 

While there is a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $5 for students, we invite any active duty or military veteran as our special guests without donating for this concert. Pre-registration is recommended at and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread for the concert. Minuteman Smokehouse and Grill and the Foxhole BBQ will be on site selling delicious BBQ. 

Next up is Stephen Kellogg at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, June 15. While it’s true that Kellogg may not currently be a household name to everyone, he has persisted in building a substantial career that has landed him onstage with some of the biggest and best touring bands in the world (Train, Sugarland, Jason Isbell, Sara Bareilles, and Hanson to name a few.) Kellogg's music has found its way onto the Billboard charts and been featured in numerous films and TV shows. His Americana-tinged, folk, pop, and rock stylings can make his sound hard to define, but to his core, this musician and father of four brings heart and incredible energy to everything he does. 

Filmmaker Peter Harding was so moved by the underground nature of Kellogg’s story that he made a documentary called “Last Man Standing” which went on to become an Amazon exclusive film. In recent years, Kellogg has added speaking to his resume, delivering a Tedx Talk on job satisfaction, the keynote speech for the prestigious photography summit WRKSHP, and garnering an invitation to speak to students at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO on the topics of social justice and ‘finding your voice.’ Kellogg has performed more than 1,500 concerts around the world, raised thousands of dollars for causes close to his heart, been named Armed Forces Entertainer of the Year, and penned singles for artists like “American Idol” winner Nick Fradiani and the platinum-selling rock band O.A.R. Stephen’s most recent writing work with legendary guitarist Robert Randolph, led to a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Record.”  

The suggested donation for this very special performance is $35 for adults and $10 for students. Pre-registration at is strongly encouraged as those who have registered will be notified directly and given priority entrance if inclement weather requires this show to be moved indoors. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the outside concert; we will have ample seating if the show is moved indoors. At the Ross Farm, dinner and soft drinks will be available for purchase before and during the concert. 

The conclusion to Part I of our 2018 season is slated for Saturday, July 14, when we welcome New Jersey native son Anthony D’Amato to the Ross Farm. described D’Amato: “Folk music raised on New Jersey grit with a playful, progressive sonic palette,” and USA Today says D’Amato “Strikes every right note, incorporating classic folk, pop and even a little punk rebellion.”

The gates for this show will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread, and picnics are welcome! The suggested donation is $20 for adults and $5 for students, and guests may pre-register at

These three concerts come on the heels of first two very successful shows of the season. Mike Mains opened our 2018 season on the Tack House Patio on a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon, with Annalise Emerick opening the show for Mike and his wife Shannon. Thunderstorms sent our 4th Annual Rock the Barn concert with Christian Lopez indoors to the Parish Hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Spirits were high in the packed room as Christian indeed rocked the Parish Hall! A unique segment of this Rock the Barn concert focused on two Ridge High School students, Freshman Tori Dalton and Junior Bridget Torcivia, interpreting one of Lopez’s current hits, “Don’t Wanna Say Goodnight,” in American Sign Language as part of their ASL class end-of-year project. Lopez commented that this was the first time he had ASL interpreters at one of his shows. The Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate is always pleased when we can incorporate education into any of our events! 

We look forward to seeing our neighbors enjoy these talented professional musicians at the beautiful Ross Farm!

Mystery Item

This nifty item was placed on top of the stove to toast bread. It could toast four slices at once. A huge improvement on the long handled, single slice toasting pole used over an open fire in the fireplace! 

Now, what might this be?

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