The yurty life AT-Pirate King David Wannen

DIRT HEALTHY LIVING FROM THE GROUND UP
WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO LIVE IN THIS ALL THE TIME?’

BY BECCA TUCKER

Welcome to Copperline Farm, says David Wannen as I pull up the long, meandering driveway. It’s not exactly a farm – not yet, anyway. The name comes from a nostalgic James Taylor song about the slice of rural North Carolina where Taylor grew up. But for Wannen and his wife, Dr. Jame Wannen, who just moved their family up to Dutchess County from the Bronx, the country life is chock full of romance. Even their hound dog taking off after a black bear was a thrill.

David hails from D.C., originally, and Jame from L.A. Now the pair of city mice have got 37 acres that lead right up to the Appalachian Trail. From laying their own flooring to learning to drive the tractor and the brush-hog, they are savoring it all.

So are their friends.

“In the age of Facebook, we shared every step,” said David, 39. “We had quite our audience. It really became almost famous among our friends.”