SCOTT FEIERSTEIN PHOTO Acabonac Farms owner Stephen Skrenta with his herd, which is calling Sylvester Manor’s pastures home for the summer.
Around 40 grass-fed cows have booked a summer home on the Island.
For the second consecutive summer, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is home to a herd of grass-fed cattle that belong to Acabonac Farms. The Amagansett-based beef producers lease 60 acres from the Manor to “finish” cattle, utilizing an intensely managed system of rotational grazing that promotes soil health regeneration and carbon sequestration.
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | A herd of Devon cattle explore a newly opened section of pastureland at Sylvester Manor.
Farming has been a way of life on the East End for more than three centuries. Although it was once common to see cows grazing in local fields, given sky-high land values and the amount of acreage required to raise them, it’s been decades since cattle have been a regular feature of the East End landscape.
But the cows have come home to Shelter Island. Since mid-May, 33 of them have been happily munching away in the pasturelands at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Another 10 or so are set to join them from upstate New York in the weeks ahead. (more…)