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Apples were never exactly the plan for stylist Laura Ferrara and her husband, fashion photographer Fabio Chizzola. They originally purchased their historic New York farm house as a weekend retreat—a weekend retreat that just happened to come with 33 acres of gorgeous, storied, and ultimately too-tempting apple trees.

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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler

Westwind Orchard is featured in the “20 Apple Picking Farms and Pumpkin Patches to Visit this Fall.”

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The Line

The Line

Westwind Orchard: A Modern Family Farm Fashion editor and stylist Laura Ferrara spends the week scouting, sourcing, and assembling the ingredients for stunning images. Her sharp eye shapes the look of magazine covers, runway shows, and advertising campaigns. But on most weekends she can be found on the farm: Westwind Orchard, a 32-acre working apple orchard and farm in the Hudson River Valley hamlet of Accord, New York. Here, along with her husband, fashion photographer Fabio Chizzola, and their teenaged son, Matteo, she is part of a community whose pace and priorities differ sharply from those of her day job yet offers its own creative challenges, and is the source of endless discoveries and fruitful collaborations “When I got into fashion—I was a marketing and business major—I didn’t even know there were careers in fashion. It happened organically,” says Ferrara, who was born in Italy and raised in Brooklyn. “It’s the same thing here. You get into something because you just love it, not because you’re thinking ahead.” The couple purchased the property in 2002 for its charming stone farmhouse, planning to rent the land to local farmers. They soon found that years of neglect had left the hundreds of […]

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Refinery 29

Refinery 29

A few weeks ago, I had one of my most swoon-worthy experiences yet at Westwind Orchard in upstate New York. I met Fabio Chizzola and Laura Ferrara one fortuitous day in Montauk (where everything magical happens!) and the next thing I knew we were hatching a plan for a farm visit. With the most generous spirit, Laura invited me to come stay in their barn, even though I had quite the crew in tow — Chloe Crespi to photograph, April Flores to cook and style with, and my son Jivan to explore with. We arrived around midnight to a dark barn led only by a singular globe light illuminating through the barn window. But, as soon as we made our way in, we were floored by the grand open space. A mix of modernity and warmth greeted us under peaked ceilings clad in mushroom wood — which Laura explained looks reclaimed but is actually new and 100 percent natural. In fact, everything about this farm is 100 percent organic. Since buying the farm in 2001 (and Fabio learning to tame and prune the overgrown trees himself) Westwind has become the only organic apple orchard in upstate New York. Laura and […]

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The Chalk Board

The Chalk Board

THAT FARM LIFE: A DAY ON AN ORGANIC ORCHARD WITH ATHENA CALDRONE Take a moment to savor the season as we tour New York’s Westwind Orchard with one of our favorite bloggers… 11.6.13 | Suzanne Hall, Photo Credit: Chloe Crespi NESTLED in the lush Hudson River Valley, Laura and Fabio Ferrara run the only organic apple orchard in New York state. Hyper-local, uber-holistic and community-driven, a visit to Westwind Orchard is one of those lovely local agricultural experiences that makes you long for days gone by. Luckily, with so many of us hankering for the benefits of locally-grown food and the sense of community that surround it, Westwind and farms like it are becoming as fashionable a destination as any of New York’s more metropolitan  hotspots. Athena Calderone, the stylish designer behind the aptly named and visually-stunning blog Eye Swoon recently spent the day on the orchard with the Ferraras, picking apples, wandering the grounds and cooking up a storm. We’re sharing Athena’s interview with this fascinating agri-couple – who exchange their farm gear for fashion when in the city (Laura is an editor and Fabio a photographer) – plus, a feast for the eyes as we follow Athena and friends for a day on […]

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Eye Swoon

Eye Swoon

A few weeks ago I might had one of my most swoon-worthy experiences yet, at Westwind Orchard in upstate New York.

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NBC New York

NBC New York

Two hours north of New York City in the tiny hamlet of Accord, NY, fashion stylist Laura Ferrara and fashion photographer Fabio Chizzola, who are husband and wife, run a thriving, beautiful organic apple orchard and farm, an intriguing complement to their busy, urbane city life. What started as a quiet weekend retreat blossomed into a fully-working 33-acre apple orchard and farmstand business with Westwind now selling its own honey, vegetables, and delicious home-made gelato in addition to the best-tasting apples. When you bite into a Westwind apple you are jolted by how flavorful a real, fresh-picked apple tastes. Pick your own happens every fall weekend  until the end of October from 10AM-6PM, and the bounty includes berries and pumpkins in addition to apples. A gorgeous 18th century stone farmhouse and restored barn where Ferrara and Chizzola entertain family and friends sit on the property, and for anyone who comes to Westwind, the Ferrara-Chizzola warmth and generosity is immediately palpable. The genuine passion for creating and sustaining the orchard and farm comes through in all the Westwind details, and a Westwind visit infuses its visitors and guests with a feeling of rejuvenation and delight. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/the-scene/events/1st-Look-Loves-Westwind-Orchard-173947631.html

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Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit

How did Laura Ferrara, an in-demand fashion stylist, end up running Westwind Orchard, an organic apple farm, with her husband in upstate New York? For Ferrara, the seeds were planted decades ago. Since she was young, she’s been immersed in gardening, canning, winemaking, and butchery, ahead-of-the-curve skills she picked up from her family, who’d emigrated with her from Campania, Italy, to Park Slope, Brooklyn. “We lived in a brownstone with figs, grapes, string beans, tomatoes, peppers, and flowers growing in the backyard,” she remembers. “My uncle still makes his own wine.” Not that this old-world mentality was necessarily endearing at the time. “As a teenager, I finally had to tell my mom: ‘Please, stop making my clothes!’ I wanted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans like the other girls had.” In 1995, Ferrara met the fashion photographer Fabio Chizzola, a fellow Italian, at a dinner with friends; they married three years later. In 2002, when their son, Matteo, was a toddler, they found the perfect weekend retreat in Accord, New York: a dormant farm with a rustic 18th-century stone house, an old barn, and 33 acres of apple trees. They soon convinced several friends to buy houses of their own nearby. But figuring […]

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An Upstate Farm Brings a Fashion Photographer Back to His Roots Randy Harris for The New York Times —– Fabio Chizzola and Laura Ferrara moved this barn, which was built just before the Civil War, from the side of the road to the middle of their property in Accord, N.Y. More Photos » FABIO CHIZZOLA, a fashion photographer, was 4 years old when his family began leaving their home in Rome to spend summers in the mountains of Italy. When he turned 12, his father started farming a small plot of land there, less than a half-acre on which he grew tomatoes, string beans, onions and potatoes for the family. But the young Mr. Chizzola wasn’t interested. “I would go biking,” he said, “play soccer, chase the girls, do wheelies with my bike.” It wasn’t until much later — after moving to New York City, oddly enough — that he began to develop an enthusiasm for farming. In 2002, he and his wife, Laura Ferrara, a freelance fashion and beauty stylist, were looking for a place to spend weekends in the Catskill Mountains. And, almost by chance, they discovered what would become Mr. Chizzola’s new passion: a 32-acre apple orchard. […]

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Bluestone Press

Bluestone Press

 Westwind Orchard’s Accord location is a bit off the beaten trail, but it’s a suitable site for a farm choosing to step away from the path of standard apple cultivation practices. This Certified Naturally Grown You-Pick orchard uses only organic methods for pest and weed control, a system that’s fairly common in dry western states like California, but in the northeast, is a rarity. A drastic increase in pest and disease pressure comes along with our moister climate, which means a trickier journey to a good organic apple. It takes hard work, a strong big-picture vision, and plenty of determination to grow this way in the Hudson Valley, and owner Fabio Chizzola has all of these qualities. When he and his wife, Laura Ferrara purchased the farm in 2002 as a retreat from the city for themselves and their son, it was primarily because of the property’s 1770s stone house, though they intended to revive the dilapidated orchard to a limited extent. But it didn’t take long until that small agricultural ambition expanded. The 32-acre farm straddles both sides of the road. There’s a sturdy deer fence around one five-acre parcel, and it protects the newest plantings of trees, rows […]

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