Meet our Family

OUR FAMILY

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

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

The farm was started in 1996 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.  Matthew's wife, designer Maggie Wood, joined him in 2002 and helped develop the vision of the farm's CSA model, which is now one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the country.  Matthew and Maggie live on the farm with their two sons, Galen and Zinn.  Together with a skilled and dedicated farm team, they grow over one hundred varieties of vegetables for their Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) and farmers' markets.


THE LAND

The farm is nestled on three separate 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.