Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

Agricultural Capital Equipment Grant Program

 

NEW: Farmers for the Future: Agricultural Capital Equipment Grant Program

Funded by a $1 million grant from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, through Empire State Development (ESD). The Trust has issued Request for Proposals for this new program, which will create a financial pool of resources that will assist Nassau and Soffolk County farmers in making capital investments in their farming operations. Click here for the May 29, 2015 press release on the program.

Agricultural Equipment Grant Request for Proposals (pdf) -- updated January 2017
Agricultural Equipment Application Form (pdf) -- updated January 2017
Agricultural Equipment Grant Budget Form (Excel worksheet) -- updated January 2017

For more information, please contact Melanie Cirillo at 631.283.3195 or email to: AgGrant@PeconicLandTrust.org

The Agricultural Capital Equipment Grant program is managed under the Trust's Farms for the Future Initiative. We would like to thank the Long Island Community Foundation for supporting the Trust's administration of the Agricultural Capital Equipment Grant program. 

Farms for the Future 

Long Island’s farms and farmers are central to our economy, heritage, and the stewardship of valuable natural resources. Faced with intense development pressures, escalating real estate values, a decline in food production farming, and a lack of affordable farmland for both new and established farmers, the Peconic Land Trust is working to ensure that Long Island’s farms and farming communities remain viable and productive now and in the future. “Farms for the Future” is a special initiative that the board and staff of the Trust have undertaken to explore these challenges in depth and problem-solve using pragmatic approaches.

“Through our Farms for the Future Initiative, we hope to ensure that farmland, once conserved, remains in production and available to farmers. If our communities are going to have viable, productive farms, we must take steps that go beyond farmland protection. We must assure that both farmers and the business of farming can continue,” explained Trust President John v.H Halsey.

The Initiative’s primary objectives are as follows:

I.   Explore and refine a new set of conservation tools and techniques that address the issues of farmland accessibility, affordability, and sustainability
II.  Buy, protect, rebuild and resell farms to farmers
III. Develop and expand our Farmland Leasing Program

Under the Farms for the Future Initiative, the Trust has developed an extensive Farmland Leasing Program that includes an incubator for the next generation of farms and farmers and sold farmland encumbered with additional easement restrictions that ensures that  protected farmland remains in active agricultural production and affordable for farmers.