Trust Sells Farmstead in Southold to Local Farmer John Murnane

September 13, 2020

By Yvette DeBow-Salsedo

Conservation News

John Murnane of Olde Road Farm has purchased 19.2 acres of protected farmland and associated buildings in Southold from the Trust.

The farmstead will be added to Olde Road Farm’s existing 18 acres. Mr. Murnane is in the early stages of establishing a beef cattle farm in Southold.

John grew up on a farm in Ireland and has had a home in Southold for the past 18 years. He currently has 15 wagyu cattle with plans to expand the farm to include sheep, chickens and other crops. His initial plans will be to make repairs to the barns and to plant the fields in grazing crops for his cattle.


In the Fall of 2019, the Trust issued an RFP for the sale of the property. The Trust had acquired the property in 2014, when it was incorporated into our Farms for the Future Initiative.

“The primary goal of the Trust’s Farms for the Future Initiative is to ensure that farming continues for generations to come. The Initiative provides farmers, both new and established, with access to affordable farmland. In this case, a growing farm has acquired a farmstead, one that includes structures and infrastructure in addition to land. We are excited about this sale, and we look forward to seeing John Murnane and his farm operation succeed,” said John v.H. Halsey, President, Peconic Land Trust.

To learn more about our Farms for the Future Initiative please contact Dan Heston, Director of Agricultural Programs, at 631.283.3195.

To read the press release, click here.

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