In 1990, when Deborah Ann Light donated 35 acres of land in Amagansett to the Peconic Land Trust, one of the first community-supported farms in New York was born.
Over the last three decades, Quail Hill Farm has seen more than 120 apprentices in its fields, many continuing their work as professional farmers today. A cornerstone of the farm’s mission, education on soil health, seed supply, food security and sustainable, organic farming practices is a priority, passed down to share members through a unique model — where farm members harvest their own food.
“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,” Acting Director Layton Guenther said in a press release.
The Summer Share season begins in early June and continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays through October, allowing farm members to harvest in the fields from over 500 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers, and join in on this season’s public events.
On Tuesday, July 16, scientists and educators from the Lost Ladybug Project will return to the Amagansett farm fields in search of the elusive nine-spotted ladybug — New York State’s insect that was thought to be gone, until it was rediscovered at Quail Hill Farm in the summer of 2011.
The following month, on Tuesday, August 6, farmer Kat Siladi will lead a field walk and flower arranging class, and on Tuesday, August 13, Quail Hill Farm’s beekeeper Mary Woltz will share her love of these important pollinators.
The farm also offers educational programming for children — from seeding to transplanting to harvesting — and will participate in the Sag Harbor Farmers Market starting Memorial Day weekend.
For more information, visit quailhillfarm.org.