A proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to eventually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour — a 66 percent increase from the current rate — has members of the agriculture industry on edge.
“That would put us at a huge disadvantage,” said Jeff Rottkamp, owner of Fox Hollow Farm on Sound Avenue. “A monstrous disadvantage.” READ
The annual Long Island Agricultural Forum will take place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14-15, at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead. READ
Those driving down Main Road in Aquebogue recently may have noticed somewhat of a change: nearly 9 acres are being cleared across the street from Vineyard Caterers. READ
Many things come with a new year — new resolutions, new opportunities and, for some local produce farmers, new federal guidelines. READ
Abra Morawiec, owner of Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport, didn’t grow up with dirt under her nails or farming in her blood. READ
After writing grape harvest reports for more than a decade, I’ve learned a few things. One, every winemaker is hopeful this time of year. Comments like “This will be an outstanding vintage” and “XYZ will be a great year for Long Island wine” abound. (more…)
While the beach and backyard barbecue will be on many people’s mind’s this Labor Day weekend, apple picking season has begun.
That’s right, at least three farms have either already started apple picking or will kick it off this weekend, including Harbes Family Orchard. READ
Customers have been coming up to Michelle Fink, co-owner of Fink’s Country Farm in Wading River, curious as to what’s happening on the large space of land to the left of the farm that was recently cleared of trees. READ