Long Island, with a centuries-long history of farming, has undergone an agricultural revolution in just a few decades, sparked in 1973 by a pair of pioneers in planting grapes for fine wine, Louisa and Alex Hargrave.
Ms. Hargrave in her wonderful book, “The Vineyard,” writes: “I was 25 and Alex was 27. With no farm experience and little life experience, we really didn’t think the vines would need much attention. Before we bought the farm in Cutchogue, neither one of us had grown so much as a vegetable garden … The idea of the vineyard at that point was still a fantasy whose only tangible basis in reality lay in the 10,000 rooted, grafted vines we had bought.” (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO A farm field being irrigated.
Suffolk County government is moving forcefully to appeal a judge’s decision seen as severely undermining the county’s Farmland Preservation Program. The government is also preparing new legislation to deal with issues raised in a lawsuit that resulted in the judge’s ruling. (more…)
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A deer brushing against a permethrin-soaked post as it feeds at a 4-poster unit. State funds could be on the way to maintain the program.
Supervisor Jim Dougherty has informed the Town Board there could be state money flowing to the town for the battle against tick-borne diseases. (more…)
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Students staged an orderly demonstration in front of the California State Capitol to protest budget cuts to education and Governor Ronald Reagan’s plan to impose tuition for University of California students for the first time in the school’s history. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO
Has Shelter Island made advances to lessen tick-borne diseases by controlling tick infestations? (more…)