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…)

09/13/13 8:00am
Courtesy photo by Katelyn Luce | Peconic Escargot co-owners Taylor Knapp and Sean Nethercott on the acre of land in Cutchogue they hope to lease from Peconic Land Trust in order to raise snails.

Courtesy photo by Katelyn Luce | Peconic Escargot co-owners Taylor Knapp and Sean Nethercott on the acre of land in Cutchogue they hope to lease from Peconic Land Trust in order to raise snails.

He hails from “meat and potato country,” but Greenport chef Taylor Knapp, who grew up just outside Indianapolis, says sampling unusual cuisine wasn’t atypical for his family.

“I think my grandfather had a lot of influence in my food interests,” Mr. Knapp, 25, said last week while on the deck at Greenport’s First & South restaurant, where he’s executive chef. “He was an adventurous eater and taught his grandkids to be the same way.” (more…)