Conserving Long Islands Working Farms and Natural Lands

Danilevsky Farmland

Hank On Plow

Peconic Land Trust and Southampton Town Board Partner
Purchase 33 Acres of Farmland from the

Estate of Charlotte Danilevsky in Water Mill, NY

The Peconic Land Trust completed the acquisition on July 10, 2014
and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of the protected farmland to qualified farmers on August 5, 2014.

To read the press release, click here.
For more information on the RFP, click here

DanilevskyAll of us at the Peconic Land Trust extend our gratitude to the Southampton Town Board for their vision and expeditious action on this purchase of development rights (PDR) on the Danilevsky property. Through additional restrictions, the Town's PDR will ensure that this farmland is accessible to food production farmers at its true agricultural value in the future.

We would also like to extend our special thanks to you, our partners in conservation, for lending your voices on this important conservation project -- you spoke eloquently at the public hearing and through emails in support of the Danilevsky conservation initiative. THANK YOU!

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Details on the Danilevsky Farmland Acquisition

In the Spring of 2014, the Peconic Land Trust went into contract to purchase two farmland parcels, a total of 33 acres, from the Estate of Charlotte Danilevsky contingent upon the simultaneous purchase of the development rights by Southampton Town at closing. Without the Town's involvement, we would have lost these irreplaceable, productive soils forever! Danilevsky Farmland Aerial Map

With the Town's purchase the development rights, there are also additional restrictions (collectively referred to as Affirmative & Affordable Farming Covenants and Resale Restrictions) that preclude equestrian uses and the production of horticultural specialties that result in the removal of soil from the property. The Town's easement document also requires that 80% of the farmland be used for the production of food and that future sales of the property be restricted to qualified farmers at its true agricultural value. The Trust currently holds similar restrictions on about 60 acres of farmland in Sagaponack. This transaction is the first time that a municipality in New York State incorporates similar restrictions in its purchase of development rights, a milestone for Southampton Town. 

The Trust is currently in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to sell the protected farmland to qualified farmers, one of several goals in the Trust's Farms for the Future Initiative

Affirmative & Affordable Farming Covenants and Resale Restrictions

In recent years, sales of protected farmland on Long Island’s South Fork to non-farmers have been as high as $200,000/acre, raising the average value of protected farmland to over $100,000/acre—values well beyond the reach of the vast majority of farmers who grow food.  In addition, non-farmer sales at inflated values have dramatically increased the value of protected land of “land rich, cash poor” farmland owners for estate tax purposes. Through the use of additional restrictions that include Affirmative and Affordable Farming Covenants and Resale Restrictions, the value of the protected farmland can be lowered to its “agricultural value.” In the case of the Danilevsky property, the following restrictions are under consideration:

Other restrictions include: