04/17/17 6:02am
Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Group for the East End will once again host an Earth Day Festival at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live animals, nature hikes, crafts, a plant sale, music by Julia King and raffles. (more…)

12/18/16 8:24am

Last month we filmed a segment of this series during a sunset at Downs Creek in Cutchogue. This week, we returned to the area to capture the beauty of Downs Farm Preserve in daylight.

The 51-acre property is a former Native American fort site featuring scenic woodlands and the creek, which serves as its eastern boundary.

10/21/16 8:26am
Credit: Monique Singh-Roy

Join Group for the East End and Lyrical Children on Saturday, October 22 for their 4th annual family nature scavenger hunt. at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

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08/12/16 6:01am
Celebrate the tomato at Harbes Family Farm this weekend. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Celebrate tomatoes at Harbes Family Farm this weekend. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend?  Northforker has you covered.

Here are 5 events to check out this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional ideas.

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04/29/16 9:50am
There will be a "chicken chat" at Talmage Farm Agway in Riverhead this Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

There will be a “chicken chat” at Talmage Farm Agway in Riverhead this Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events to check out. Or, as always, you can visit northforker.com/events for more ideas.

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08/26/15 6:00am
Credit: Monique Singh-Roy

The rain garden outside the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County office in Riverhead. (Credit:Cornell Cooperative Extension courtesy photo)

How many of us have gone outside after a rain shower to check on our garden? Did it get enough water? Does it need extra watering after several days without rain? Is it a lost cause without a little help from Miracle-Gro?

The desire for a beautiful garden is widespread, but these days more people are choosing to garden with a conscience, a task that involves less fertilizers and pesticides and more native plants.

That’s according to Robin Simmen, a community horticulture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Riverhead.

“That’s the kind of gardening that people want to do,” she said. “More and more we’re seeing nationally that people have had a rise in consciousness about what they’re doing out there in the garden and want to be part of the solution, not part of the pollution.” (more…)

08/24/15 6:12am
Sound View Dunes Park in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Sound View Dunes Park in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The North Fork’s mature trees, meadows and mix of fresh and saltwater wetlands provide for some of the most scenic trails on Long Island.

The relatively flat land also means most walks will be easy to moderate in terms of difficulty and the region’s small size means you’ll never be too far from civilization. (more…)