Our Work / Stewardship

Quail Hill Farm

Quail Hill Farm, one of the original Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the U.S., is a stewardship project of the Peconic Land Trust located in Amagansett, New York, on land donated by Deborah Ann Light.

Since it was established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm has grown to 35 acres serving over 250 families.

The community farm also delivers fresh food to local restaurants and food pantries and participates in the Sag Harbor Farmers Market throughout the season.

A central part of our mission at Quail Hill is to educate the public concerning such issues as soil health, our seed supply, food security, and sustainable, organic farming practices.

Farm to Food Pantry Program

Layton Guenther, Quail Hill Farm Director receives AFTEE grant in the farm fields

Quail Hill Farm's Farm to Food Pantry Program began to take shape in 2020 when a member of the farm made a $5,000 gift to initiate a way to get fresh produce from the farm to people in need. The farm reached out to The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center (The Center) to establish a partnership. Thanks to funding from farm members and a grant from All For The East End (AFTEE) at the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) the farm was able to allocate excess produce to The Center at no cost to the center.

In 2020, the program ran for 18 weeks supplying over 700 people weekly at The Center. Quail Hill Farmers picked, packed and delivered over 22,000lbs of vegetables to The Center-- usually all in the same day, which is key to ensuring peak nutritiousness of the food. Among many other crops, the farm delivered over 1,500 bunches of collard greens and kale, 2,000lbs of tomatoes, and 1,000lbs each of sweet peppers, potatoes, winter squash and sweet potatoes. This allowed The Center to not only provide fresh, locally grown produce to its clients on a consistent basis, but also enabled them to reallocate their spending toward meat and non-perishable items.

Volunteers packing the produce from Quail Hill Farm

Volunteers packing the produce from Quail Hill Farm for The Center.

In 2022, the program moved into its third year and ran for 25 weeks. Remarking on the program, Layton Guenther, Director of Quail Hill Farm said, “It is an honor to grow healthy, organic food for the families of The Center. Our partnership is rooted in our common goal: to support and uplift members of our East End community through programming that nourishes mind, body and soul. As farmers, we are proud to carry this relationship forward into a new growing season, and we thank AFTEE and all of our donors for their generous support.”

To learn more or to make a contribution in support of this program with The Center to the Trust, contact Development Officer Alison Delaney at 631.283.3195 ext. 44 or Farm Director Layton Guenther at 631.267.8492.

Meet Your Farmer

Layton Guenther, Director of Quail Hill Farm

Layton Guenther

Quail Hill Farm's Director, Layton Guenther

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Experience Quail Hill Farm at Home

Click below for a slew of recipes contributed over the years by Quail Hill Farm members and compiled by farm member Jane Weissman!

Quail Hill Farm Through the Seasons: Photos by Michael Halsband

Check out our blog and see all the beautiful moments photographer Michael Halsband captured at the farm over 2017.

Videos

A Virtual Tour? Check out Alec Hirschfeld's documentary video, Out Here in the Fields: Quail Hill Farm:

A central part of our mission at Quail Hill is to educate the public concerning such issues as soil health, our seed supply, food security, and sustainable, organic farming practices. Connecting people with land in this way builds a community that will appreciate and support the stability, integrity, and beauty of the bioregion.

Check out this video by My Long Island TV for a virtual tour of the farm!

And this interview by The Kitchn featuring poet/farmer Scott Chaskey, former Director of Quail Hill Farm, talking about what it means to be part of a CSA:

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