Our Story

 

OUR STORY

The Golden Earthworm Organic Farm is a small family farm located on the beautiful East End of Long Island.  We grow the highest quality, USDA-Certified Organic produce to feed thousands of families across Long Island and Queens through our authentic farm share CSA program and two local farmers' markets.

Celebrating 25 years as organic farming pioneers…
Our farm was the very first Certified Organic Farm on Long Island's North Fork.  We have been committed to organic production since our first year farming, 25 years ago...


THE FARMERS

Why do farmers farm? ...always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.”
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Wendell Berry

We are first-generation farmers. We didn’t grow up on a farm or inherit land from our family. We followed our passion and our hearts and found ourselves here…

The farm was started by Matthew Kurek, a chef turned farmer with a passion for vegetables and for sustainable agriculture. After leaving a career as a natural foods chef in Manhattan in 1993, he began farming a small half-acre plot in Southold, near his childhood home.  He soon expanded and started farming the land in Jamesport (where the farm is now based) in early 1996. 

Maggie Wood joined Matthew a few years later and together they shifted the farm to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model, as it promised a reliable market and strong connection to the community.  The program flourished and soon expanded across Long Island and Queens, making it one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the country.  Matthew and Maggie live on the farm with their two little farmers, Galen & Zinny.

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THE CREW

If it weren't for the exhaustive efforts of our spectacular farm crew, there would no farm, and no food.  We are truly blessed to have such an amazing group of individuals working together to feed our members all season long. 

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THE LAND

The farm is nestled on three separate leased parcels of pristine farmland protected by a farmland preservation program on Long Island's North Fork.  Two of our parcels sit on the south shore of the North Fork, across the street from the Peconic Bay.  The other parcel overlooks Long Island Sound on the north shore of the North Fork.   We currently have 80 acres of land in active production.

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THE FUTURE

In December of 2016, we finally purchased our dream farmland located in a private fertile valley along the banks of the Connecticut River in Springfield, Vermont. The prohibitive cost of land on Long Island forced us to look elsewhere, and we could not be more thrilled to own our own land, even if it is a bit of a drive from our home farm on Long Island! The Vermont farmland will be Certified Organic in 2019 and we will begin growing produce to bring down to Long Island for our CSA membership.

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