Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

What's New

Check back often to see the latest news regarding land conservation on Long Island.

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Conservation News

Stony Hill Stables: The Peconic Land Trust and the Town of East Hampton have agreed to partner on the acquisition of development rights on the Stony Hill Stables property, located on Town Lane in Amagansett. The Hotchkiss family, owners of the property, have offered to sell the development rights on the property. By selling the development rights to the Town and the Trust, the Hotchkiss family is forever relinquishing the right to develop the property residentially or otherwise. In addition to their desire to see the property preserved for the benefit of the community, the sale will provide the family with the funds necessary to sustain the current operations of the stables into the future. For more information, including how you can help support this effort, click here

Seymour Family protects additional land on West Neck Road in Shelter Island with Peconic Land Trust.  Samuel W. Seymour and Karen Patton Seymour have added an additional 2 acres onto an existing easement.  For more information click here.

Galban Family donates an overlay conservation easement with affirmative and affordable farming covenants in Sagaponack.  The easement covers 30+ acres and will ensure that fresh, local food will be grown on this land for future generations.  For more information click here.

Hayground Farm acreage with farm stand available for lease.  The Peconic Land Trust has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to lease 2 acres of farm land with access to a farm stand at Hayground Farm on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Submission due by February 15, 2014.  For more information click here.

Conversations with... lecture series begins March 2.

Peconic Land Trusts popular lecture series will begin on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton.  This year we will focus on Long Island grown food and beverages and the series will be moderated by Laura Donnelly, a local pastry chef and writer for the East Hampton Star. 

The lecture series will continue on subsequent Sundays: March 23, April 6, and April 27.  Tickets can be purchased for individual lecures for $25/person or $20/person for Bridge Gardens members.  The series can be purchased for $90/person or $70/person for Bridge Gardens members.  With the purchase of the full series, you will receive a one-year subscription to the Edible magazine of your choice: Edible East End, Edible Long Island, Edible Manhattan or Edible Brooklyn

For more information, view our calendar.

2013 Year in Review in Pictures

We had a great year. Please take a moment to revisit some of the highlights of the year by viewing our annual "Year in Pictures" slideshow

30 Years of Milestones

Take a moment to look back at some of our milestones in conservation, all of which were made possible by you through your support and dedication to protecting Long Island's working farms, natural lands, and heritage.  Included are only a few of the nearly 500 projects that the Trust has worked on with landowners, government agencies, partner organizations, donors and communities.  We look forward to working with you for the next 30 years and beyond to protect what we know and love on Long Island.  Download the pdf (4.3 MB).

Watch NowGrowing Farmers

Growing Farmers, documentary produced by the Peconic Land Trust, with director Michael Halsband and co-producer Hilary Leff. Premiered at 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival where it received the Audience Choice Award. The film explores the Trust's works with farmers on Long Island's East End. Watch now! The New Farmers

The New Farmers, video blog/documentary produced by Newsday and News12LI, by director Chris Ware. September 2013 exploring the opportunities and challenges for new farmers on Long Island. Watch now! 


NYS Land Conservation Summit 2014

The Peconic Land Trust is proud to be hosting with land trusts from across the state a two-day conference focused on issues of concern to land conservation in New York.  The New York Land Conservation Summit: Investing in Healthy Communities, will be held April 10 - 11, 2014 at The Historic Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY.

Conference registration, including field trip registrations, will open in early January 2014. Hotel reservations are currently being accepted by The Thayer Hotel -- ask for the Land Conservation Summit rate when you call.

To learn more about the conference or to join on as a sponsor, please visit the summit website at or call Dawn Haight at the Peconic Land Trust at 631.283.3195. This is a great opportunity to network and learn from land conservation colleagues and volunteers from all over New York! 

The Peconic Land Trust is the fiduciary agent for the 2014 NYS Land Conservation Summit. The Summit is being organized and managed by a Committee comprised of representatives from over a dozen conservation organizations working in New York State. The Summit is funded in part through the Environmental Protection Fund and the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the Land Trust Alliance in coordination with the Department of Environmental Conservation. 

On the ScreenGrowing Farmers

Growing Farmers, a new documentary about the work the Peconic Land Trust is doing with farmers on Long Island to address the issue of affordable farmland, premiered October 2012 at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where the film won the Audience Choice award! 

SAVE THE DATE for these upcoming local screeenings with panel discussions:

Check our online calendar for details on the screenings.

The film, co-produced and directed by Michael Halsband, and co-produced by Trust Vice Chair Hilary Leff -- in conjunction with the Peconic Land Trust -- includes interviews with Trust President, John v.H. Halsey, Quail Hill Farm Director Scott Chaskey, Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow of Amber Waves Farm, Alex Balsam and Ian Calder-Piedmonte of Balsam Farms, Chris Browder of Browder's Birds, Trust Project Manager Stephen Searl and Trust North Fork Stewardship Manager Dan Heston, Chef Joe Realmuto of Nick & Toni's, philanthropist John deCuevas, and many more.

To see a preview of the film on YouTube, click here. To watch the 17-minute short, click here.

In the Garden

Bridge Gardens  is now open for the 2013 season through the end of October. Garden Manager Rick Bogusch will offer a special talk/walk through the Gardens each month with a focus on planting in different parts of the garden -- vegetable, perennials, roses, etc. For more information, including directions and RSVP information, visit our online calendar or call 631.283.3195.

Conservation Updates

Hayground Farms: In July 2013, the Trust announced the acquisition of 20 acres of productive agricultural land in Bridgehampton on Route 27 from Hayground Farms Inc. The land, purchased from 9th generation descendants of William Haines, could not have been purchased without the assistance of the South Fork Land Foundation and one of the Trust's supporters who wished to remain anonymous. The land will be retained by the Trust and incorporated into our Farms for the Future Initiative. Read more here.  

Browder's Birds/Oregon Road Farm: At the end of December 2012, the Trust sold 13.2 acres of protected farmland to Chris and Holly Browder of Browder's Birds, The Browders', one of the first lessees through the Trust's "Farms for the Future Inititive," began their pasture-raised, organic poultry operation on five acres at the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in 2010. To read more about this conservation story and about the Browder's plans, click here.  

South Country Farms/Isabella Rossellini Easement: At the end of December, the Trust received a donation of a conservation easement from actress/philanthropist Isabella Rossellini on a 20.8 acre parcel in the hamlet of Brookhaven. To read more about this donation, click here

ExxonMobil Donation in Greenport: In early December, the Trust announced that Exxon Mobil had donated a two acre parcel, a former terminal property for the company, in Greenport on Shelter Island Sound to the Trust. Additionally, a conservation easement on the property was donated to the Town of Southold. The Village of Greenport will be a party to the easement as well, ensuring that the property is preserved, in perpetuity, as natural habitat and open space. To read more about this donation, click here

Sylvester Manor Update: In November, the Trust and the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm announced the preservation of an addtional 57 acres of agricultural land through a sale of development rights to Suffolk County and the Town of Shelter Island. This followed the August sale of development rights on 26 adjacent acres at Sylvester Manor, bringing the total of  permanently protected farmland to more than 83 acres, and a total of 105 protected acres when combined with 22 acres of waterfront habitat and upland subject to a conservation easement donated by the owner, Eben Fiske Ostby, in 2009 to the Peconic Land Trust. To read more about this latest conservation, click here.

Update of Suffolk County Farmland Protection Plan: Suffolk County was awarded a grant by NYS Dept. of Agriculture for its New Farmland Protection Plan.  The $50,000 grant, in combination with in-kind services from the County and a $10,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation to the Peconic Land Trust, will be used by the Department of Economic Development to identify specific strategies to strengthen the agricultural sector and expand its economic viability while ensuring that farmland and natural resources will be available for future generations.  "In furtherance of our efforts to conserve Long Island's working farms, the Trust is honored to assist Suffolk County in updating its Farmland Protection Plan. Our thanks to Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Aubertine, Suffolk County, the Long Island Community Foundation and the Long Island Farm Bureau for making it possible. We look forward to fulfilling our role in this effort," said Trust President John v.H. Halsey. To read the County's press release on the grant, click here.

Farms for the Future/Farm Incubator Program: As part of our ongoing Farms for the Future Initiative, the Trust is developing and implementing an incubator for the next generation of farms and farmers. The Farm Incubator Program formalizes this work and provides farmers that have an emphasis on food production and who are looking to start or grow their commercial agricultural operations with access to productive farmland. Click here to learn more about this innovative program.

Connections Events:

Visit our Upcoming Calendar page for more information on programs this spring, summer and fall.

For an online listing of Connections events . . . or

The March/April  and May/June 2014 issues of Connections is available. Please note this is a PDF file (1MB).
The Peconic Land Trust's calendar of recreational & educational events.


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