Search for a Conservation Buyer Begins

Photo Credit: Rita Rooney

October 7, 2022
Conservation News

In June of 2022 the Trust acquired a 14.94 - acre farmstead in Mattituck, which we refer to as Deep Hole Creek. To preserve the property, once at risk of being subdivided into seven building lots, the Trust came forward as the temporary owner.

Over 115 donors supported the farmland conservation. It was through the community efforts that the Town of Southold agreed to partner by purchasing the farmland’s development rights.

The Trust now seeks to find a qualified conservation buyer to acquire the protected property and care for it in the future. We are pleased to announce the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for thsale of the farmstead.

The parcel contains approximately 12.2-acres of protected fallow farmland, an approximately 2.05-acres attached residential development area with a small seasonal cottage, and approximately 0.69-acres of unbuildable buffer. It is zoned R-80. The property has historically been farmed for the past 50+ years, but has laid fallow for approximately 10-years.

The Trust will sell the property to a conservation buyer subject to additional restrictions. Responses to the RFP must be submitted by Friday, November 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

A link to the RFP can be found at To learn more, contact Holly Sanford, Senior Project Manager.

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