06/15/18 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island students on a scavenger hunt for edible plants at the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

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Shelter Island students on a scavenger hunt for edible plants at the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

It was a busy Friday at Sylvester Manor when elementary school students descended on the farm field in early morning to learn that the staff was preparing for the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickup scheduled for the following day.

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06/13/18 4:30pm
SCOTT FEIERSTEIN PHOTO Acabonac Farms owner Stephen Skrenta with his herd, which is calling Sylvester Manor’s pastures home for the summer.

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.

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05/31/18 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Fiddle scholar Jeff Davis.

COURTESY PHOTO | Fiddle scholar Jeff Davis comes to Sylvester Manor on June 2 to talk about Long Island fiddle tunes.

This Week:

LONG ISLAND FIDDLE TUNES

How did music and dance traditionally fit into Long Island farm communities? What did the old songs and tunes sound like, and how did barn dances knit together villagers and their farms? Renowned musician and scholar Jeff Davis will answer those questions at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Saturday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. (more…)

05/31/18 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

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EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 31

Duplicate bridge resumes at St. Mary’s Church. Plan to arrive at 12:45 p.m. to help set up. Play from 1 to 4 p.m. Community friendly game. All levels welcome. Every Thursday. (631) 749-2321.

Ice painting, an after-school workshop for kids to create vibrant pictures with ice. 2:30 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042. (more…)