This is the barn on the Calverton farm that is up for sale. Time and the weather has taken its toll, but she still stands. Many farmers here on Long Island can not afford to farm any longer. Taxes, the economy, the cost of labor and the anti-migrant worker climate have all aided the decline of the farming industry in Suffolk County.
The five eastern towns of Long Island through the Peconic Land Trust, set up a program where they purchase the development rights from farm families. Farmers get cash, but agree not to sell their farms to developers. Many continue to farm their acreage, some let them become open space. The local program gets the money to purchase the farm land by adding a 2% land transfer tax on property sold in the five eastern towns. This tax is set to expire in 2020.
It's important to preserve both open space and this way of life.
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Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.