Donor Spotlight | James Weeks and Ina Obernesser

April 14, 2023

By Julia G. King


“A tractor pulls up to the farm stand, filled with beans still warm from the sun and dirt from the field - there’s no better food than that. The farms, and of course the food that comes from the farms, are the best thing about the East End.” - James Weeks


James believes that there is no better meal than one freshly picked from the farm. When James and Ina learned of the Trust’s Wading River Farmland Initiative happening right down the road from their summer bungalow, they knew this was the perfect project to support. The project would ensure that land zoned for commercial use would remain in agriculture forever. And the Condzella family, who had farmed the land for three generations, would be able to continue to offer delicious, enormous strawberries and fresh asparagus to the community.

“Change is inevitable, but here we had a chance to have some control over conservation. The East End is a throwback to another time. There is still the possibility to have a small business, own a farm, and be a part of a little community. With the Wading River project, I could help make that happen,” added James.


Strawberries have been grown in these fields since the 1920s.

We are thankful to James Weeks and Ina Obernesser for sharing their story with us. Interested in supporting the Peconic Land Trust? Contact Amanda Abraham, Director of Development, for more information about upcoming projects.

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