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Farmland Leasing Program

photo by Mallory Samson

Although the Trust has leased farmland to farmers since its inception, as part of our Farms for the Future Initiative the Trust has developed and formalized a Farmland Leasing Program for both new and established farmers.

This program provides farmers that have an emphasis on food production and who are looking to begin or expand their agricultural operations with assistance and access to affordable farmland.

For more information, including the application requirements, please read the Farmland Leasing Program Information and Application Packet. Applications will be accepted until March 1st of the upcoming growing season.

Applications received after March 1st will be considered depending on land availability, the proposed operation, and the availability of staff and the Farms for the Future Advisory Committee to review and process the application.  

If you have any further questions about the Farms for the Future Initiative or the Farmland Leasing Program, please contact Jessie Marcus, Conservation Programs Assistant, at (631) 283-3195, or Dan Heston, Senior Manager of Agricultural Programs, at (631) 734-5630. We look forward to hearing from you.

Have you had the chance to see Growing Farmers, the award winning documentary by filmmaker Michael Halsband and Hilary Leff about the Peconic Land Trust’s work with East End farmers? Check it out here:

Farms for the Future Locations

The Peconic Land Trust currently operates centers where a mix of food production agricultural operations are working together through leases:  

Quail Hill Farm Preserve and the Deborah Light & Town Lane Preserves, Amagansett

Since 1989, the Peconic Land Trust has operated a Community Supported Agriculture Farm at Quail Hill Farm -- today, over 250 families participate in this unique CSA program on over 30 acres of land in Amagansett. The farm has graduated over a 120 "apprentice" farmers. 

In addition to Quail Hill, the Peconic Land Trust leases land in Amagansett to farmers growing food on the adjacent Deborah Light and Town Lane Preserves, including:

Agricultrual Center at Charnews Farm, Southold

From 23 acres acquired from the Charnews family in 2008, the Agricultural Center has grown to nearly 100 acres of productive farmland on Young's Avenue north and south of Route 48.

The Trust operates a community garden and learning garden at the main site on Young's Avenue, in addition to leasing farmland to new and established farmers including:

. . . and at the North Fork Stewardship Center, Peconic Escargot.  

Hayground Farm, Bridgehampton:

Acquired by the Trust in 2013, Hayground Farms is 20 acres of productive farmland. Formerly the location of a farmstand operated by the Reeves family, the Trust plans to reinstate the farmstand in the future. The farmland is currently leased to farmer Peter Dankowski. 

Interested in leasing land at one of the centers, contact