09/18/14 2:00pm
09/18/2014 2:00 PM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Several farmers who were previously unable to receive deer damage permits to hunt on their property offseason now have the green light to do so.

Arising as an unintended consequence from a lawsuit aimed at a controversial deer cull, a state Supreme Court judge put a halt to new DDPs this March but temporarily lifted the order against the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week.  (more…)

09/12/14 8:00am
09/12/2014 8:00 AM
A buffalo calf feeds at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead Tuesday. Owner Ed Tuccio said the dry summer season decreased the newborn mortality rate. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A buffalo calf feeds at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead Tuesday. Owner Ed Tuccio said the dry summer season decreased the newborn mortality rate. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The dog days of summer weren’t very dogged this year, at least not in terms of 90-plus degree days. That, combined with a lack of rain, created some ideal conditions for local produce and livestock farmers.

“Overall it has been tremendous for growing,” said Joe Gergela, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau. “The quality of produce and fruit is unbelievable, actually. Just really magnificent crops.”  (more…)

09/11/14 2:00pm
09/11/2014 2:00 PM
Jaclyn Van Bourgondien examined hops at Farm to pint in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jaclyn Van Bourgondien examined hops at Farm to Pint in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Hops farming, once prolific in New York State, has been making a comeback on the East End as farmers like Jaclyn Van Bourgondien and Andrew Tralka experiment with growing the ingredient, which is necessary to offset the sweetness of malt sugars in beer.  (more…)

09/04/14 8:00am
09/04/2014 8:00 AM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Considering the disappointing numbers reported last week from the controversial deer cull that took place earlier this year, a call is going out to get all stakeholders — especially environmentalists — involved as state and regional authorities regroup and figure out a plan to tackle Suffolk County’s overpopulated deer herds.  (more…)

09/01/14 8:50am
09/01/2014 8:50 AM
Grapes ripening at Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Grapes ripening at Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

While Long Island’s grapes weathered a harsh winter just fine, the unusually erratic and wet winter months upstate New York experienced have led to extreme losses of grapes across that region, putting the local commodity in high demand, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Read more at northforker.com.

08/22/14 4:00pm
08/22/2014 4:00 PM
Hal Goodale received a $80,000 grant to help him expand the family business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Hal Goodale received an $80,000 grant to help him expand the family business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Milk, cheese, eggs are staples on any family’s grocery list — and thanks to federal grant funding, one of Long Island’s only dairy farms will soon offer convenient home delivery of these farm fresh necessities.

Goodale Farms in Aquebogue has received $80,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Value-Added Producer Grant program, the agency announced Monday.  (more…)

08/01/14 10:00am
08/01/2014 10:00 AM
Hippy Hive HoneyBee Cooperative member Sarah Shepherd (center), who has been keeping bees for about five years, takes a good look at what is happening inside a hive, explaining to other members what's happening. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Hippy Hive HoneyBee Cooperative member Sarah Shepherd (center), who has been keeping bees for about five years, takes a good look at what is happening inside a hive, explaining to other members what’s happening. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A group of women concerned about the plight of the honeybee has launched a grassroots effort to bring more bees to the area and educate locals about how to support the bee population.

They have formed the Hippy Hive HoneyBee Cooperative, a group open only to women and led by a trio of North Fork residents who are involved in spirituality, health and nature. (more…)