Jen is the vision behind The Kirk Estate; principal farmer, creator, and curator of the haunted 19th century family farmstead. Jen oversees the farm, managing projects ranging from curating our seed collections, to designing and maintaining the organic gardens. Jen is the artisan behind our soap and apothecary products, and these handcrafted items originate from Jen’s original recipes created from tested techniques and age old herbal properties.
An artist by nature, Jen has designed and curated the farmhouse, combining the house’s original heirloom elements with her own designs. The house has been described as “a living museum” and showcases the artworks of five generations. She has lent her design aesthetic to events around the region such as music festivals, private events, photo shoots, and in-home design.
Eric’s optimism, perseverance, and vision are an essential aspect to The Kirk Estate. Eric maintains the health and vigor of the permaculture at The Kirk Estate as well as helping to set the overall vision. He tends over two dozen fruit bearing trees and bushes, helping to keep them free from pests and disease, and thinning them to produce healthy fruit. Eric cares for the small experimental vineyard and hops bines, maintains the tools and machinery, and manages larger projects such as building and structure construction and landscape design.
Together, Jen + Eric form the nucleus of the indie-art-pop band The Parlor for which they both write, arrange, record, perform, and produce. They have performed at the Farm Aid festival alongside music icons Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and they have shared the stage with bands such as The Lumineers and Deer Tick. The first single off their latest album Wahzu Wahzu premiered on Pitchfork, with previous music premiering on Consequence of Sound. New album coming Fall 2017.