John Halsey of Peconic Land Trust - Updated 2015

Are we running out of farmland?

In a land where potatoes once covered the landscape, traditional farming on the east end has given way to luxury housing over the last decades.

The Peconic Land Trust was started in 1983 to ensure the protection of Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage.

John v. H. Halsey, President and founder of the Trust was brought up on a traditional farm in Southampton Town. 
Francesca Rheannon spoke with Halsey in 2013 about land preservation efforts of the Peconic LandTrust, the demise of traditional farms, how community supported agriculture was developed by the Land Trust and what can be done to keep protected land in farming. 

Here is an update: 

Last summer (2014) the Southampton Town Board preserved its first two farmland parcels with the proviso that the land, 33 acres in Water Mill, must be in the hands of working food farmers.  The land was sold to a local farmer at considerably below market value after purchase by the Town and transfer to the Peconic Land Trust. 

More information about the trust is at


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