KK Haspel, whose 5-acre Southold farm nourished home cooks and chefs alike, died on Oct. 4. The Farm, as it was simply known, was an expression of Haspel’s philosophy of the interconnectedness of all things. The Farm used biodynamic methods, a holistic system of agriculture that seeks to harness the forces of the sun, moon, planets and stars, and focus them on Earth and its plants.
I met Haspel at a Southold dinner that the North Fork Table & Inn held to honor the farmers and fishermen whose wares graced its first menu. I was alternately intrigued and bemused when she explained biodynamic practice to me — the use of dowsing rods and buried cow horns, harvesting according to the phases of the moon. Then I spent a few days with her on the farm and came to believe that there was something going on there that couldn’t quite be explained. Click here to read the story I wrote in 2007.