BIRCH Magazine highlights North Country arts and lifestyle, celebrating the independent spirit and natural wonders that are standout features of Northern New York

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passionate collaboration building community

Passionate Collaboration

How 3 women are building community by following their passions and sharing with others Passion - it is the best word I can come up with to describe how C...
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St. Lawrence Gyotaku

Learn about the ancient Japanese form of fish rubbings along the shores of the St. Lawrence River I discovered the art form of Gyotaku fish rubbings in 2...
poet on a mission

Poet On A Mission

A diligent poet and writer is single-handedly making opportunities for himself and fellow writers in Jefferson County. Carlton Fisher is an English Instructor a...
Mohawk baskets

Made For Weaving – Mohawk Baskets

We profile Akwesasne territory artist Carrie Hill and her effort to keep history alive by hand crafting traditional Mohawk baskets Sweetgrass Baskets o...
blue moon night

Blue Moon Night

I saw a blue moon tonight It watched over us on all the back roads Of Hermon & Dekalb Shining, shining from over the hills, surrounded By glittering sta...
potsdam sandstone

History of Potsdam Sandstone

Around 520 million years ago the sandy beaches that would become Potsdam sandstone were laid down as marine waters began to encroach upon the continent. ...
Wonderful Place to Live says Chad

Wonderful Place To Live

People Of The North Country "Wonderful place to live" says Chad In our first installment of "People of the North Country" BIRCH Associate Editor, Jessie L...

Anastasia’s Bakery Debuts Column

I am a graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I am seriously passionate about making food and experimenting in the kitchen! I...