A Huntington Station couple is one step closer to having their organic chicken farm up and running after signing an agreement with Peconic Land Trust on Thursday to lease seven acres at the organization’s agricultural center in Southold.
Husband and wife team Jared and Nicole Jeanotte plan to raise Cornish Cross broilers fed an organic and soy-free diet under the name “From Scratch Farm.”
“Jared is building the first pen this week for the first batch of broilers to go out in pasture when the snow melts,” Ms. Jeanotte said, adding that they soon expect to get their first batch of day-old chicks. “They pack them up with these boxes with holes. Then they’ll go straight into the barn for two weeks.”
The couple is leasing the land through the land trust’s “Farms for Future” initiative and raising capital through community supported agriculture shares.
“It’s really exciting. It’s like watching your dream come true,” Ms. Jeanotte said. “It’s what makes it possible to make us stay on Long Island.