Donor Spotlight | Joe Mc Kay and his late partner John Page

June 25, 2019

By Amanda Abraham


Committed to supporting the Trust’s Farms for the Future Initiative

On May 17th friends of Joe Mc Kay and his late partner John Page gathered for a farm-to-table luncheon to thank them for their legacy bequest to the Trust’s Farms for The Future Initiative.

Joe and John’s active embrace of local agriculture began when they decided to live full time on the East End in 1993. They signed up for a CSA at a small farm in Cutchogue. That was when they really began to appreciate the local produce of our rich Long Island soil.


In the years since, the booming culinary institutes, the slow food movement, the burgeoning consumer interest in fresh, nutritious and secure food, and the desire of more young and second career people to go into farming have combined to make local agriculture the wave of the future.

It is to support this positive trend that John and Joe committed themselves to the Peconic Land Trust and its mission. They’ve given annually for 24 years and, most recently, through a gift of their life estate.

The luncheon was held at the Ag Center at Charnews Farm on Youngs Avenue where a plaque was dedicated in Joe and John’s honor. It’s a humming 100 acres of activity where novice farmers have the opportunity to grow with the guidance of mentors.

Joe hopes that you will join him in supporting these important local initiatives by giving to the Trust in whatever way makes the most sense to you.

We are so grateful, Joe! And thank you to all our donors who have decided to include the Trust in your estate plans!

To see how estate giving through the Trust can help make your vision for the East End a reality, please contact Amanda Abraham at 631.283.3195 or, or visit our Ways to Give page.

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