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.

You can see what we're up to by following us on Facebook, subscribing to our newsletter, and reading our blog posts.

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.

Certified Professional Soil Scientist

Consulting Soil Scientist and Agronomist specializing in urban, rural and agricultural land uses. Areas of expertise include:

  • Detailed Soil Mapping
  • Crop Management Plans
  • Nutrient Management Plans
  • Watershed Management
  • Storm Water Management
  • Alternate Wastewater Systems including Wetland Treatment Systems
  • Rotational Grazing
  • Composting

Provide expert testimony on the potential impacts of proposed projects on agricultural production, soils, and land use.

Develop and deliver continuing education programs for certification and re-certification.

Clients include municipalities, engineering firms, private developers, farmers, homeowners, industry, consulting firms, landscape architects and many more.

With my wife Diane, manage our 100 acre farm, La Basse Cour, in the Western Catskills of New York where we raise vegetables, hay, farm animals, and timber, and operate a bed and breakfast, in balance with nature. We employ regenerative agricultural practices to improve the health of our soils for healthier food for us, our farm animals, and our customers.

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Responsible for design, construction, and operation of DVU livestock manure, food waste, and yard waste composting site.


Soil land use and management interpretations based on NRCS mapping. Provide detailed soil investigations and refined mapping for specific sites and specific uses.


Developed a watershed assessment and restoration plan for the university. Worked with federal, state, and local agencies for design and funding.  Lead an interdisciplinary university team for design and construction of innovative storm water practices.

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Research and consulting on alternative wastewater systems including wetland treatment and drip dispersal systems


In addition to academic responsibilities I was responsible for the development and implementation of crop management plans, nutrient management plans, and manure management plans for the University Farms

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Manage Forages For Your Needs and For Your Soil Conditions

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Agronomic consultant for municipalities and engineering firms for design and management of municipal wastewater treatment using spray irrigation on agricultural land.


Contact La Basse Cour to reach Larry Hepner.


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