Peconic Land Trust

When donations are just a drop in the bucket

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re going to do it, do it right – especially when there’s a billion dollars at stake. That mother of all clichés factors prominently into Donors Unite Inc., a wide-ranging, Huntington-based nonprofit determined to lend a hand to every registered charity in the country, not to put too fine a point on it. Donors Unite officially launched this month, flipping the switch on a website that catalogees about 2.5 million…


A food movement grows in Amagansett

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s fresh thinking and then there’s the Amagansett Food Institute, which operates well ahead of the food-innovation curve on its mission to promote regional producers. Just a year into its ballyhooed takeover of the decades-old Amagansett Farmer’s Market, the imaginative institute – a membership-based 501(c)3 catering to farmers, vintners, fishermen, beverage crafters and other food artisans – is already imagining physical renovations and other organizational enhancements designed to spice up the…


Farm preservation, defense, marketing programs land state funding

Peconic Land Trust, a not for profit dedicated to conserving Long Island’s working farms and undeveloped land was awarded $1 million in state money to kick off an agricultural equipment grant program. The funding, part of more than $16 million announced by the state on Monday, will go to assist farmers willing to make capital investments in their farming operations, with awards capped at $25,000. The program was developed in cooperation with the Long Island Farm…