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September 17, 2009

Suozzi Announces Grossmann’s Farm Acquisition And Restoration Plans

Partnership will Bring Organic Agriculture and Education Programs to Beloved Community Landmark

Grossmanns Farm

Malverne, NY - As part of his ongoing Healthy Nassau initiative, Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi announced the County’s plan to acquire the five-acre Grossmann’s Farm property in Malverne. In partnership with Nassau County, the Nassau Land Trust will develop and manage the farm as part of “Grown on Long Island” campaign. County Executive Suozzi was joined by Legislator Francis X. Becker, Jr. (R-Lynbrook), and Village of Malverne Mayor Patti McDonald for the announcement.

“As part of my Healthy Nassau initiative, I am committed to preserving natural open spaces, which are crucial to preserving our quality of life,” Suozzi said. “We are running out of open space in the county, and development pressures on remaining land are significant. Generations of Malverne residents have fond memories of Grossmann’s Farm – buying fresh corn, strawberries, and Halloween pumpkins. I am delighted that the property will be enjoyed by families for years to come."

“The preservation of Grossman’s Farm is the reward to taxpayers for passing the environmental bond act. This property will be open space and preserved now and for generations to come. I am pleased to have been a part of the process working with the Sean Rainey of the County Executive’s office and the Village Officials of Malverne. We all worked as a team to make this day happen,” said Legislator Francis X.Becker, Jr.

“The Village of Malverne is pleased that the legacy of the farming community that Malverne once was will continue through the Nassau County Open Space Program thanks to County Executive Suozzi. We look forward to a green and bright vision for the future of the Village of Malverne,” said Mayor Patti McDonald.

Grossmann’s Farm has been a Malverne community fixture since 1895, when John Grossmann emigrated from Germany and established the farm. Since then, four generations of the Grossmann family have operated the farm. The five-acre plot was acquired through the County’s Environmental Bond Act, a $150 million dollar environmental program that has enabled the County to purchase and protect open space, renovate parks, improve storm water quality and clean up Brownfield properties.

The farm will be primarily supported by community supported agriculture (CSA), a system that allows local residents to pay in advance for their weekly or biweekly share of organic produce. The inherent nature of a CSA allows small farms to thrive in otherwise unfavorable conditions, while connecting local consumers more intimately with the source of their food.Additionally, Grossman’s Farm will establish a farmer’s stand where local residents can purchase fresh organic produce.

Grossmann’s Farm will also offer a wide range of educational programs that will allow children and families to experience the farm in a hands-on setting. Internships and independent studies will also be made available to students. For adults and families, a teaching garden will be established where local residents can observe and learn how to incorporate healthy organic agricultural practices into their own homes.

Grossmann’s Farm will be managed by Nassau Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to enhance and preserve the quality of life for Nassau County citizens by working with landowners to protect and conserve Nassau County land. The operation of the farm will be guided by the Farm Board of Directors, composed of farmers, resource consultants, environmentalists and conservationists. All agricultural practices will adhere to the Farmer’s Pledge set forth by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.

Grossmann’s Farm joins the growing list of “Grown on Long Island” agricultural restoration projects that Suozzi has already implemented. The list of established “Grown on Long Island” agricultural projects includes Restoration Farm at Old Bethpage, Fruggie’s Farm in East Meadow, two farmer’s markets in Roslyn and Garden City, as well as the purchase of development rights at Meyer’s Farm in Woodbury.

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