I have been photographing vacant coops and locations for over 3 years. I approached many different individuals to identify the former owner of the farm. On occasion, local neighbors identified the original owner's name. Many individuals who participated in the interviews also identified other farmers and locations. In many instances, the abandoned chicken coops sit vacant. Some are used for storage. Others have been recycled for new commercial or even residential purposes. For many, the coops have been demolished and all that remains is a vacant cement slab, the remains of a foundation wall or a vacant field. In some locations, the land has been redeveloped for new construction. Some coops while photographed remain "Unknown" as to the original owner.
A number of owners had multiple locations and many sites had multiple buildings. A representative building was selected for the book. In the "Farms" section, all the extant coops do appear. Although the photographs focus mainly on farms in Sullivan County, Inter-County also had members in neighboring Ulster and Orange County. These identified farms are also included. In the "Map" section each photographed farm appears on a www.bing.com website. The farms have been split into Eastern & Western Sullivan County. One can zoom in using the "Bird's Eye" setting in Bing to the exact location and see the surviving coops and property.
Notes: Not Photographed
I was given access to an old membership list of Inter-County, which provided names of farmers whose locations have not yet been specifically located and documented. As well in discussion with local residents, names of other egg farmers have come up. I have compiled this list in hopes that someone might be able to locate these former farms. Since many farms failed over 40-60 years ago, these locations are extremely difficult to identify. If anyone has information about a location or wishes to add the name of another farmer to the list, please contact me