After deep reflection, we have decided to cancel all 2020 gatherings at La Basse Cour, including events, workshops, farm tours and bed&breakfast stays. We are sad for the plans not coming to fruition as we had intended, but believe that our best response to these uncertain pandemic times is to observe a "Quiet Year" at the farm.

We will be none the less busy, working toward our food and fiber production goals while tending the land and animals entrusted to our care. Our eggs will be for sale as always in our milk house, and our vegetables in season on our farm stand. Please practice social distancing and wear your mask if you come to the farm.

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You are all in our thoughts daily and we look forward to sharing many joyful events at La Basse Cour, at Kortright Handworks @ La Basse Cour, and in The Carriage House @ La Basse Cour.

Paint en plein air with Mireille Duchesne at La Basse Cour

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Mireille is returning to the western Catskills for two en plein air painting workshops at La Basse Cour.

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into a art form by the French Impressionists.

 During this workshop, you will set up in the heart of our farm, our “basse cour” and spend the day working under the guidance of an experienced landscape artist. Find inspiration in our 19th century buildings surrounded by bucolic fields and pastures, and in our wide array of farm animals including sheep, goats, horses, cows, ducks, geese and chickens. We will provide a farm breakfast at 8am and a picnic basket lunch for you to enjoy at your leisure during the day.

Suitable for all ability levels, this opportunity is limited to 12 participants ages 16 years and older, working in your choice of oil, pastel, or acrylic (not watercolor or oil pastel). A materials list will be provided upon registration. In the event of inclement weather, you will paint outdoors under cover.

Register for one, two, three or 4 days. Breakfasts and lunches included. Make it a retreat and stay with us in our bed&breakfast!

1 day fee $125 (Includes 1 day of instruction, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch)

2 day fee $220 (Includes 2 days of instruction, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches)

3 day fee $330 (Includes 3 days of instruction, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches)

4 day fee $440 (Includes 4 days of instruction, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches)

 Participants who wish to stay on site in our bed and breakfast will qualify for a special semi-private room rate of $85 per person per night.

 Register at or (607)538-9707.

 Fall dates: September 18-21, 2020