01/10/17 6:00am
01/10/2017 6:00 AM

Suffolk County farmland press conference
Jeff Rottkamp, owner of Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow, had been preparing to join Suffolk County’s farmland preservation program. But those plans changed in September, when a New York State Supreme Court judge deemed development on protected farmland illegal.

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12/19/16 6:00am
12/19/2016 6:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOA farmfield being irrigated on Herricks Lane in Jamesport Monday evening. Farmer John Kujawski said that they had just fumigated it and needed to irrigate it because it has been so dry- it will help the potato crop next year.

Local growers and farmers say climate change is creating new challenges, with extreme weather conditions, sudden storms, rising temperatures and drought making it even more difficult to cope with a perennially unpredictable Mother Nature.

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07/03/16 12:00pm

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He retired from his job as an electrician in 1999, but Nick Ranieri still averages an eight-hour workday.

Each morning, the 78-year-old Mattituck resident rises around 7 a.m. An hour or two later, he laces his white New Balance sneakers and retreats to his impressive backyard vegetable garden READ

04/25/16 6:00am
04/25/2016 6:00 AM

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Last Tuesday, during the same meeting at which they officially adopted a long-term agricultural stewardship plan, Suffolk County legislators also gave another nod to the vital role farming plays in the county’s economy. They mandated that the Suffolk County Planning Commission include one member from the agricultural community at all times. READ