03/07/16 6:03am
Abra Morawiec feeds her brood at Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Abra Morawiec feeds her brood at Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Abra Morawiec, owner of Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport, is a firm believer in giving back to the land that has so far made her first solo venture into farming a success.

And as a farmer, Morawiec, who raises Japanese quail for meat and eggs on a small plot of leased land at Biophelia Organic Farm, realizes just how dependent she and her flock are on the ecosystem.

Now, she hopes to launch a long-term program to repopulate native quail on the North Fork, a species that has been on the decline in recent years

“As a farmer, I understand the value of working the land and making a living off of the soil,” said Morawiec, who is the first certified organic quail farmer not only on Long Island, but on the entire East Coast. “In turn, it is just as valuable to protect and steward that soil and ecosystem.”  (more…)

11/08/15 10:35am
Morawiec holding two six week-old Coturnix, a hen (left) and a roos (male).

Morawiec holding two six week-old Coturnix, a hen (left) and a roo (male). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

Abra Morawiec, New York’s first organic quail farmer, didn’t grow up with dirt under her nails or farming in her blood.

Instead the 29-year-old, whose family raised chickens while she was growing up, just always had a fondness for birds and livestock. She studied English literature at Baruch College in New York City before serving a stint in the Peace Corps from 2009 to 2011, where she served as an agriculture extension agent in Mali.

“I realized that living day-to-day was sometimes a struggle,” she said. “I liked farming and living a farm lifestyle. In Mali if you didn’t farm, you didn’t eat.” (more…)