Our Story

 

OUR STORY

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

The Golden Earthworm Organic Farm is 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 and farmers' markets. 

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, 21 years ago...

The farm was started in 1993 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 decided to focus on growing for 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. 


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.