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Abram F. Van Vorst began a family farming tradition in 1760.
Land was cleared and settled around the bend of the Alplaus Creek in Glenville. Animals were raised, crops were grown.
Children who lived on the farm reached adulthood, took over duties from their elders and waited for their children to relieve them.
In 1960, Fred Van Vorst was 94 and the farm’s senior member. The family had been honored by New York state, named “century farmers” for continuing operations on the same land for more than 100 years.
In a story published in the Schenectady Gazette during the winter of ’60, Fred Van Vorst said he remembered selling potatoes from a farm wagon in Schenectady around the early 1900s. He also said people who lived off Van Vorst Road enjoyed long lives.
“I guess this farm air always has agreed with us,” he told reporter C.W. Andrews.
Fred’s son Karl Van Vorst and his wife, Louella, were on the farm team in 1960; their son James and his family also worked the land. James Van Vorst now owns the place, and is still on the job with his son Andrew.
“We’ve expanded some,” Andrew Van Vorst said, adding that cows and horse hay are among the chief crops.
Like his ancestors, Andrew Van Vorst appreciates the outdoor life. “It’s fun, you’re doing your own thing,” he said. “You’re out in the weather, which is sometimes not that pleasant. . . . I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”