Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm
Promoting Regional Agriculture,
Local Food Production and Community Involvement
From 23 acres acquired from the Charnews family in 2008, the Agricultural Center has grown to nearly 100 acres of productive farmland along Young's Avenue north and south of Route 48. The agricultural lands are leased to local farmers, and the Trust uses the Ag Center as the setting for our Learning Garden as well as our Community Garden, offering local residents the chance to lease raised beds and cultivated plots to grow their own food. Farmers who have leased land at our Ag Center include Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms, Chris Browder of Browder's Birds, and Stephanie Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms.
- The April 24, 2014 cover story of the Suffolk Times chronicled the growth of the Ag Center: Final Piece of the Puzzle: Latest Farm Purchase Completes 98-acre Ag Center in Southold.
- In October 2013, Ken Grimball from News12 Long Island came out for a visit and talked to the teachers and students about their experience. Click here to see Ken's report from the farm.
Upcoming Educational Programs
- March 28: Community Gardens Orientation
- April 25: Peconic Land Trust Volunteer Orientation at the North Fork Stewardship Center
- May 9: The Herb Garden with Heather Cusack: Part I
- May 16: Can Natue Always Provide Free Pollination Services? With beekeeper Laura Klahre
- June 20: The Herb Garden with Heather Cusack: Part II
For more information on these and other programs across the East End, please check our online calendar.
Community Gardens & School Programs in the Learning Garden
Now in its 6th year, our community garden program for 2015 is just getting underway! Won't you consider joining us? Joining the community garden will have you cultivating more than fresh, organically grown vegetables -- you'll cultivate new friendships and gardening know-how too! For more information, and to reserve your space, contact Denise Markut, North Fork Stewardship Manager, at 631.734.5630 or email to DMarkut@peconiclandtrust.org.
The farm also hosts students from Southold Elementary School for a bi-annual field trip to learn about gardening and the local farming heritage. In October 2013, Ken Grimvall from News12 Long Island came out for a visit and talked to the teachers and students about their experience. Click here to see Ken's report from the farm.
The farm has also hosted Katharine Griffiths, Steve Gessler, Doug Elliot and the students from the Avalon Outdoor Leadership and Summer Stewardship program (Avalon Park and Preserve in Stonybrook, NY) on numerous occasions, for an overnight adventure in farming. Read Doug Elliot's insightful article on the group's experience at Charnews Farm and Quail Hill Farm during the summers of 2009 and 2010.
The Conservation Story
In early April 2008, the Peconic Land Trust acquired 23.4 acres of farmland in Southold from the Charnews Family, which included an 1889 farmhouse, barn, and accessory buildings. The Trust purchased the farmland by borrowing from its Stewardship Fund. Following the acquisition, the Trust sold the development rights to the Town of Southold, thereby partially reimbursing the Stewardship Fund. In 2009, the Trust worked with a subcommittee, The Friends of Charnews Farm, in an effort to complete the fundraising. The acquisition phase of fundraising for the farm has been completed, with over 80 donations from local supporters, and a generous matching donation from one of the Trust's long time supporters to close the gap.
Given its unique location and characteristics, the Trust remains committed to actively cultivating the farmland to promote local agriculture and regional food. The Trust has continued to work with the Friends of Charnews Farm Committee to formulate a plan for community uses of the farmland. In this regard, the Trust has arranged for the planting of vegetables to continue again this spring, and is also running a "Learning Garden" for community education initiatives. Meanwhile, the Friends of Charnews Farm is working diligently with the Trust to raise funds to support the farm, as well as to envision the many community benefits that this farm could provide in the future.
If you would like to help support this important agricultural initiative, Donate Now.
Click here for the Online Donation Form (please read the donor information sheet prior to making a donation)
Click here to download a PDF of the Donation Form (file is 3.1 MB and may take a few minutes to download) that you can print out and send to the Peconic Land Trust (please read the donor information sheet prior to making a donation):
By Mail: PO Box 1776, Southampton, NY 11969
By Fax: 631.283.0235
By Phone (credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express): 631.283.3195
Thank you for your support!