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Quail Hill Farm Celebrates its 30th Season!

May 14, 2019

Quail Hill Farm Celebrates its 30th Season: Established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm is one of the first CSA farms in New York State.

Established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm is one of the first Community Supported Agriculture farms in New York State

SOUTHAMPTON, NY — The Peconic Land Trust is celebrating the 30th season of Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. Founded in 1990, Quail Hill Farm is one of the first Community Supported Agriculture farms in New York State. Quail Hill’s unique model – where farm members harvest in the fields – provides members with a personal connection to their food.

On land donated to the Peconic Land Trust by Deborah Ann Light, 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.

“When we connect people to the land – especially young people -- you are building a community that appreciates and supports the stability, integrity, and beauty of the bioregion forever,” explains Acting Director, Layton Guenther.

The Summer Share season begins in early June and goes through October. Farm members get to harvest on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the fields from over 500 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers. A box share is also available.

Additional information about the farm and farmshares can be found at www.QuailHillFarm.org.

Quail Hill Farm participates in the Sag Harbor Farmers Market on Saturdays beginning Memorial Day weekend. The farm also offers a winter share, beginning the week before Thanksgiving through February.

In addition to the educational programs listed below, the farm offers educational programming for school groups and children of all ages related to seeding, transplanting, and harvesting.

Highlights of the season’s public events at Quail Hill Farm:

  • Saturday May 18: Transplanting Seedlings into the Fields – join us for this hand’s on day as we take seedlings from the greenhouses at the farm and plant them in the fields;
  • Tuesday, July 16: The scientists and educators from the Lost Ladybug Project return to the fields of Quail Hill Farm in search of the elusive 9-spotted ladybug, New York State’s insect and thought to be locally gone in the state prior to finding it at Quail Hill Farm in the summer of 2011.
  • Tuesday, August 6: Farmer Kat Siladi will lead a field walk and flower arranging class.
  • Tuesday, August 13: Quail Hill Farm’s beekeeper – Mary Woltz of Bee’s Needs – shares her love of these important pollinators.

A complete list of events at Quail Hill Farm, as well as more events throughout the East End with the Peconic Land Trust, is available at www.peconiclandtrust.org/calendar or by emailing events@peconiclandtrust.org.

Established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm is on 35 acres generously donated to the Trust by Deborah Ann Light in Amagansett, NY. Over the farm’s history, more than 120 farm apprentices have been trained – with many of those still engaged in farming today. Training apprentices and providing share members with informational resources on the issues of soil health, our seed supply, food security and sustainable, and organic farming practices is a central part of the farm’s mission. Each year, Quail Hill Farm signs onto the Northeast Organic Farming Association, New York (NOFA-NY) Farmer’s Pledge “to sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations.” For more information visit www.quailhillfarm.org.

Founded in 1983, Peconic Land Trust conserves Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage. Since its inception, the nonprofit Trust has worked conscientiously with landowners, communities, municipalities, partner organizations, and donors, to conserve over 12,000 acres of land on Long Island. The Trust’s professional staff carries out the necessary research and planning to identify and implement alternatives to outright development. While working to conserve the productive farms, watersheds, woodlands, and beachfront of Long Island, the Trust is also protecting the unique rural heritage and natural resources of the region. For more information about the Peconic Land Trust, visit peconiclandtrust.org.

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