Amagansett, NY

Deborah Ann Light Preserve

Project Type

Farms for the Future

Acreage

190.6

Things to do

Birdwatching, Photography, Nature Study, Visit a Farmstand

Access

Public

Address
Town Ln, Amagansett, NY

About

The fertile farmland of the Deborah Ann Light Preserve is in its glory in the late summer and early fall season, with rich vibrant colors and acres of vegetables and flowers in the fields ready for the fall harvest. The Light Preserve, and the adjacent Town Lane Preserve, are leased to local farmers -- some new to farming while others are more established -- as part of the Trust's Farms for the Future Initiative.

Sites

Farmers leasing land in 2017 included: 

  • Balsam Farms: Alex Balsam and Ian Calder-Piedmonte are growing vegetables on the land and running a successful farm stand.
  • Amber Waves Farm: Former Quail Hill Farm apprentices, Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow are growing wheat and vegetables on the land.
  • Bees’ Needs: Mary Woltz has been raising her bees on the land at the Light, Town Lane and Quail Hill Preserves for many years.
  • Three Sons Farming: a new operation, Steve Marzo is growing row crops.
  • Summerhill Nurseries: on this land, which has been in nursery stock prior to its gifting to the Trust, Declan Blackmore and his team are growing trees and shrubs.
  • The Hoppy Acre: a former Quail Hill Farm apprentice, Gregg Kessler is growing hops.
  • Amagansett Sea Salt: leasing land at the Town Lane Preserve, Steve and Natalie Judelson have been working with our local waters to create finishing sea salt.
  • Juliana Duryea: also a new operation, Juliana is basing her farm around permaculture, raising chickens and growing fruits and vegetables.

In addition, the Trust’s Quail Hill Farm also cultivates the fields with vegetables and flowers as part of its Community Supported Agriculture program.

In 1995, at the time of her gift, Trust President John v.H. Halsey said: “While this gift has been made to the Peconic Land Trust, it is truly a benefit to the entire community. This special part of Amagansett will remain as productive farmland and open space for many generations to come. Deborah has always been a dedicated steward of land. Now she has transferred that responsibility to the Trust and provided for our ability to manage it properly for many years to come. We are honored by the confidence she has placed in us.” To look back at the time of the gift, please see our April 1995 newsletter.

Deborah’s gift was the most significant conservation donation to the Trust at the time — and became the basis for the Trust’s future work with farmers, both new and established. Of the farmers leasing at the preserve, Balsam Farms has been there the longest, establishing their operation in 2004 with one acre. In an article in the Trust’s 2011 newsletter, Alex describing being caught by the farming bug by the age of 12 while spending summers on the East End, and becoming an unofficial apprentice at Quail Hill Farm in those early years.

Board member Lucy Bradley with Deborah and John at the dedication of the Deborah Ann Light Preserve.

Visitor Information

Please remember that these are active farm operations. You can visit the farmstand run by Balsam Farms, which is open every day through Thanksgiving. The farmstand opens for the season in the spring. Check their website for more details.

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Deborah Ann Light Preserve

Town Ln, Amagansett, NY

Things To Do

Birdwatching
Photography
Nature Study
Visit a Farmstand

Get Involved

Interested in leasing land through our Farms for the Future Initiative, on either the North or the South Forks? Contact: