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“Foodie” probably isn’t a term most people associate with Peconic Land Trust, but if the Southampton organization’s upcoming lecture series, “Long Island Grown II: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work,” is any indication, perhaps it should be.

Whether it’s discussing dessert with North Fork Chocolate Company or analyzing entrées with Crescent Duck Farm, the nonprofit will offer something for everyone at its sixth annual lecture series, which kicks off Sunday, March 1, at Bridge Gardens (36 Mitchell Lane) in Bridgehampton. The three-person panel-style series, moderated by East Hampton Star food writer Laura Donnelly, will feature talks by men and women growing food across Long Island.

All lectures will take place Sundays at 2 p.m. in March and April and cost $25 per person or $20 for Bridge Gardens members. The full lecture series can be purchased for $90 per person or $70 for members and includes a one-year subscription to the Edible magazine of your choice (East End, Long Island, Manhattan or Brooklyn).

Space is limited. To make reservations, call the land trust at 631-283-3195, ext. 19 or email [email protected].

Don’t feel like making the trek to the South Fork? Peconic Land Trust also has events planned on the North Fork for March and April, including a how-to session about growing an organic garden. Read on to learn more.


• March 1: “The Drink” with apple grower Jennifer Halsey of Milk Pail Farm, wine and hard cider-maker Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Richard Scoffier of Honest Man Restaurants.

• March 15: “The Appetizer” with microgreen grower Brendan Davison of Good Water Farms, baker Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s Breads and pickle-maker Jeri Woodhouse of Taste of the North Fork.

• March 29: “The Entrée” with Doug Corwin of Crescent Duck Farm, Tom Geppell of Eight Hands Farm and Hal Goodale of Goodale Farms.

• April 19: “The Dessert” with Steve Amaral of North Fork Chocolate Company, fig grower Tom Stevenson of Oysterponds Farm and honey producer Mary Woltz of Bees Needs.


• “Hike to Camp Tekawitha,” Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Guided 4.5-mile walk led by Peconic Land Trust and the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Meet at the Red Creek Park parking lot, Old Riverhead Road, Hampton Bays, and bring your own water bottle. Reservations requested; rain cancels. 631-283-3195, ext. 19; [email protected].

• “Growing a Four-Season Organic Garden,” Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Peconic Lane Community Center in Peconic. Host Renato Stafford of Homegrown will discuss gardening techniques including making your own soil, what to grow, managing weeds effectively and much more. $10/person, reservations required. 631-283-3195, ext. 19; [email protected].

• “Join Peconic Land Trust’s Community Gardens in 2015,” Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m. at the Ag Center at Charnews Farm in Southold. The land trust invites you to join one of their two community gardens this year. Members enjoy a space to grow food, herbs and flowers. Memberships range from $65 to $140 depending on plot size. Contact Denise Markut at [email protected] or 631-734-5630.

• “Peconic Land Trust’s Annual Volunteer Orientation and Training,” Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Fork Stewardship Center, 22600 Main Road in Cutchogue. RSVP by April 23 to Kathy Kennedy at 631-283-3195, ext. 29 or [email protected].