handmade. heirloom. organic.

Altamont, New York · 3290 Sales


handmade. heirloom. organic.

Altamont, New York 3290 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Thank you for your interest and support of The Kirk Estate. We will be closed until March 13th while our band is on tour. We'd love to meet you! Check out our schedule here:
We'll be filling orders quickly upon our return. Thanks for your patience.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 17, 2017

Thank you for your interest and support of The Kirk Estate. We will be closed until March 13th while our band is on tour. We'd love to meet you! Check out our schedule here:
We'll be filling orders quickly upon our return. Thanks for your patience.


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"An artisanal reimagining of an antique dream"

The Kirk Estate is a haunted 5 1/2 acre farmstead in Upstate New York, passed down generationally since 1904. Its current caretakers, husband and wife team Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans continue to farm the old fashioned way; no chemicals, no petroleum intensive machines -only practices that help to improve the land, the environment, the wildlife, and the people. The Kirk Estate offers a suite of meaningfully made items such as cold process soaps and small batch apothecary, made by hand using our own organically grown herbs, as well as artfully designed seed packets of our heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Over the years The Kirk Estate has served as host to music performances, art installations, photo shoots, intimate events, elopements, and classes including songwriting, gardening, soap making, and canning, helping to unite aspiring artists and artisans with a community of like-minded individuals. In addition to farming and artisanship, Jen and Eric write and perform in their band The Parlor, which is named after a room in the farmhouse. The first single off their new album Wahzu Wahzu premiered on Pitchfork. They have performed at the Farm Aid festival alongside music icons Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Dave Matthews, and have shared the stage with bands including The Lumineers, Man Man, Willy Mason, Sharon Van Etten, and Phantogram.

Notable Press for The Kirk Estate: Etsy’s Spring Lookbook 2016, Etsy’s Holiday Press Event 2015, Green Wedding Shoes, New York Business Journal, Etsy Finds, Etsy Gifts, Etsy Blog, DeliberateLIFE, Eco Chic Wedding, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

Jen O'Connor is the vision behind The Kirk Estate; principal farmer, creator, and curator of the haunted 19th century family farmstead. Jen oversees all work at the farm, managing projects ranging from curating our seed collections, to designing and maintaining the 4,500 square feet of organic gardens. The artisan behind our soap and apothecary products, 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 handcrafted designs. The house has been described as “a living museum” and showcases the artworks of five generations. She has lent her vibrant design aesthetic to events around the region such as music festivals, private events, photo shoots, and in-home design.

For more information about the past, present, and future of The Kirk Estate, visit our website:

"An artisanal reimagining of an antique dream" is a quote from an article written about Jen and her husband Eric Krans. Read the interview here:


Shop members

  • Jen O'Connor

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Grower, Photography, Shipping

    As a child I sketched chrysalises in my notebook. Now I spend my days trying to wrap my head around the interconnectedness of nature. How things grow and why, and creation in the most sustainable way possible.

  • Eric Krans

    Grower, Farmstead Maintenance, Musician

    Eric maintains the health and vigor of the permiculture at The Kirk Estate. He tends our orchards, berries, and asparagus. He provides maintenance to the tools and machinery and oversees projects such as structure construction and landscape design.

  • Carol Kirk O'Connor

    Farmstead Assistant

    Carol volunteers her time at The Kirk Estate mastering the Zen-like practice of seed and herb processing. She can get to the bottom of a giant bushel basket in mere hours, meticulously separating seeds and herbs by hand.


  • Groovehouse Records

    Woodland Hills, CA, United States

    For the replication and printing of our albums we worked with Groovehouse Records. A FSC-certified company, Groovehouse uses vintage encoders, responsibly harvested paper, vegetable based inks, and biodegradable varnishes.

  • Sticker Robot

    Woodacre, CA, United States

    To create our in-house designed band stickers we worked with Sticker Robot. Sticker Robot uses the highest quality inks, adhesives, and vinyl to create long-lasting, fade-resistant, and water-proof stickers.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 16, 2017
The Kirk Estate features a collection of homegrown organics, handmade cold process soaps, small batch apothecary and original music, born in a 19th century haunted farmhouse in Upstate New York. Since my husband and I moved to The Kirk Estate in 2006 we have added 3,000 square feet of organic vegetable gardens, a dozen additional fruit trees, grapes, hops, herbs and extensive flower gardens. It is our ultimate goal to grow and preserve this land that has been in my family since 1904, always with the environment at the forefront.

Thank you for your support!
xo. Jenny

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In our ever present effort to have as low an impact as possible on the environment, we use almost exclusively 100% recyclable packaging. Shipping envelopes are SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) Certified, reused bubble wrap is used whenever possible, and new bubble wrap is made from 40% recycled content. Any packing peanuts included are reused, and are biodegradable whenever possible.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the hygienic and perishable nature of our items we can not offer returns or exchanges. However, if you are unhappy in any way with your purchase please contact us.

In compliance with regulations, customers based in the EU have the right to cancel an order within 14-days of receiving an item.

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional policies and FAQs
NaOH aka Sodium hydroxide aka lye: is the base, or chemical compound that creates saponification. Saponification is the natural reaction that causes oils and fats to transform into soap. Pure sodium hydroxide will never be in a finished bar of soap; it has reacted with the oils and has been chemically changed to form soap and glycerin. True handmade soap can not be made without lye.

More information

Last updated on Dec 1, 2016
Frequently asked questions

gift wrapping and packaging

Complementary gift notes are available upon request.

printed receipts and planting instructions

In an effort to save ink and paper, a printed invoice is not included with your order. If you would like a receipt to be included with your purchase please let me know before your item is shipped.

Planting instructions are included under each listing. Printed instructions will be included upon request.

about our seeds

Because our seeds are separated by hand and not machine, expect to see some plant chaff mixed in with your seeds. This organic plant matter will break down naturally in the soil. All of our seeds and herbs are grown using organic, sustainable, and natural farming practices. No fertilizers or chemicals are ever used. Plants are only fed homemade compost, sun, rain, and limited Village water when necessary. Seeds are packaged in one of a kind handmade envelopes made from recycled paper, or in 100% recyclable kraft envelopes in order to reduce the amount of waste that surrounds our products.

storing and planting your seed

Seeds are hand packed to ensure you receive only the healthiest seeds. Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing instructions can be found under each listing or by going to to find your State's Cooperative Extension. Be sure to keep your seeds well watered after you plant them to ensure proper germination. Keep your seeds alive by storing them properly: keep your seeds in a dark, cool place (40-50 degrees F) with low-humidity. Never store seed in a warm, humid, or sunny spot. Stored properly, most seed will last for several years.

about our soap

Our soap is made the old fashioned way in small batches here at the Kirk Estate, using the cold process method and a combination of natural and organic vegetable oils as well as organic herbs from our farmstead. All of our soap is free of dyes and animal byproducts and has a light natural scent.

required FDA disclaimer

As required by the FDA, we do not make any claims regarding the cosmetic or health related properties of our soaps.

my soap is sweating, is that normal?

It is normal for handmade soap to sweat lightly when it can't breathe or when it is hot and humid. Once you receive your soap, unwrap it and place in a cool, dry place to allow any excess moisture to evaporate.