Conservation News


Sisters of St. Joseph

Protect 27 Acres for Farming . . .

Since 2015, the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, Long Island, have been working to bring farming back to Western Suffolk to benefit their surrounding community forever. We were honored to be brought in by the Sisters to help them plan for this future.
Today, the farmstands on the Sisters’ 212-acre campus sell healthy, organic produce that is available to their neighbors — and this past Friday, April 12, they celebrated the permanent protection of 27 acres of fertile land through the sale of development rights to Suffolk County’s landmark Farmland Preservation Program.
“The Sisters of St. Joseph have been committed to meeting the needs of the people of greater Long Island through education, social service, health care, and pastoral ministry since 1856,” said Sister Helen Kearney, CSJ, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood. “The current environmental initiatives of our congregation stem from a commitment to all creation that was affirmed in a Land Ethic Statement in March 2015. In response to the statement, a new partnership was formed with the Peconic Land Trust in an endeavor to protect the Brentwood campus that we hold in sacred trust.”
“All of us at the Peconic Land Trust feel fortunate to have the opportunity to assist the Sisters of St. Joseph in achieving their conservation goals for this incredible land. Their mission – embodied by their Land Ethic Statement – is truly inspiring, and includes bringing agriculture and local food back to this community,” said Kim Quarty, Senior Project Manager, Peconic Land Trust.
“Connecting them with the landmark Suffolk County Farmland Preservation Program is a win-win for all concerned – the community, local farmers, the Sisters, and the County.”