KICK OFF - Grown on Long Island Campaign




Self-funded by grower donations only, the Support Long Island Grown campaign is intentionally coinciding with Earth Month, although its planning began early in 2009.  The campaign’s immediate audience are Long Islanders, and kicks-off in April with Suffolk County’s nationally-recognized horticultural growers, followed by the region’s famed food, wine and seafood industries whose products are in-demand throughout the US due to their long-standing reputation for excellence, and their incorporation of earth-friendly cultivation and production methods.  Suffolk County is New York’s largest revenue-producing agricultural region.     


The message from Suffolk County’s horticultural and agricultural businesses is a green one, supported by the Long Island Farm Bureau’s members and Executive Director, Joseph M. Gergela III in conjunction with New York State’s “Pride of New York” campaign.  Long Islanders are being asked to do their part in saving the planet and reducing their carbon-footprint by buying locally-grown fruits, vegetables and horticultural items. 


Purchasing locally-generated items also provides a savings incentive, a factor of increasing concern amid our current economic climate. “New York State has tremendous agricultural resources including fertile soils and a perfect climate for farming.  This means fresher produce and healthier plants grown closer to home by people you know. When you buy bedding plants and nursery products grown in Long Island, you not only keep your garden growing, you keep the Long Island economy growing too,” explains New York State Agriculture Commissioner, Patrick Hooker.   In addition, there is the increased nutritional value for those purchasing locally-generated items.  “The roots of our hospital are in our farming community. Our ability to partner with the Long Island Farm Bureau and our local growers to bring the freshest and most nutritious produce to our patients is fundamental to our mission of providing exceptional care close to home,” said Andrew Mitchell, Peconic Bay Medical Center’s President and CEO.   Colorful banners will be on display at garden centers, supermarkets and farmstands, as well as brochures with the top 10 reasons to buy locally.


Partnering with Support Long Island Grown are Green Island Distributors, a horticultural supplier located in Riverhead which provides greenhouse-related education and supplies for Long Island’s horticultural growers, Martin-Viette Nurseries, whose premier horticultural center in East Norwich is one of Long Island’s largest and finest, as well as King Kullen, America’s First Supermarket, whose retail support of Long Island produce and locally-produced food items are evidenced within its 51 Long Island stores, offering “Long Island Grown”  for more than a decade.   Tom Cullen, the CEO and Owner, said:  "Since 1999 King Kullen has proudly supported and partnered with Long Island Farmers in an effort to provide the Long Island Consumer with fresh locally grown produce as well as preserve their farming heritage."


More details about the Support Long Island Grown campaign can be found online at:  On this site there are also locations of local retailers who sell LI grown items, some of the top reasons to buy locally on LI, as well as various gardening tips and recipes. 

Consumers can further contribute to Support Long Island Grown by becoming a “green friend” with a $25 donation.  Retailer-involvement is welcome, as are all media-inquiries.


Contact  Support Long Island Grown via the web-site, or by calling Joe Gergela, at 631-727-3777.   



LINKS – campaign graphics to in-store banners (high-resolution available upon request)
Stimulate the Economy and Your Taste Buds – Eat Greener – Supermarkets

Love Your Garden and The Planet – Buy LI Grown – Garden Centers



Farming on Long Island

Long Island’s First Industry, Farming Continues to be Important Today

Since the earliest days of Long Island’s settlement more than 300 years ago, agriculture has been an important industry, providing fresh vegetables and fruit, fiber, seafood, poultry, and a variety of horticultural products for our residents.  Today’s farming activities also help to preserve wildlife habitats and the natural aesthetic beauty of our fair island. Long Island farmland provides an important buffer against urban sprawl, protects the water supply and helps maintain the traditional rural character of the wonderful East End of Long Island.


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Farming is also an economic force: Agri-businesses employ well over 10,000 people in the region, with a multiplier effect that generates jobs for tens of thousands more.  Long Island agriculture is a billion-dollar-a-year industry and generates billions of dollars more for the Island’s largest industry, tourism, travel and hospitality. 


Long Island agriculture provides the scenic vistas desired by our visitors and close proximity to farm markets, where visitors and year ‘round residents enjoy the advantage of locally produced fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, flowers, herbs, specialty products, ornamental horticultural products, and the best varieties of wine from local wineries.


Every year, millions of tourists come to take in Long Island’s rural sights, shop at regional farmstands, visit more than two dozen wineries on the North and South Forks, gather up pumpkins at harvest time, and enjoy the best that Long Island has to offer, all centered on agricultural.


Long Island’s agricultural industry is centered in, but not exclusive to, Suffolk County - the eastern two-thirds of physical Long Island. Bounded on the North by the Long Island Sound, between the twin forks by the Peconic Bay and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, Suffolk County has a high water-to-land ratio that provides for moderate temperatures, mild winters, an average of 42 inches of rainfall annually, and extended growing seasons. It is one of the best growing areas in the world!


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With excellent, well drained soils, more sunshine than any other area in New York State, abundant fresh water and nearness to wholesale and retail markets, it is not surprising that Long Island is one of the most important agricultural regions in the state. However, it does surprise many people to learn that Suffolk County is New York’s leading county in the wholesale dollar value of local agricultural products. Out of 56 New York counties in 1999, Suffolk ranked near the bottom for number of acres in farmland and in the middle for number of farms, but was ranked 1st in market value, with $168 million of agricultural products sold.


With over 100 different crops grown, Long Island growers and producers are proud to offer an agricultural diversity that few other areas in the state can match. Long Island farmers continue their commitment to provide abundant, high quality commodities, such as vegetables and potatoes, fruits, wine and grapes, poultry and livestock, nursery and floriculture products and seafood.




Agricultural Products from the Traditional Long Island Farm and from the Sea


  • 5,000 acres in production on LI 
  • Wide variety of traditional and organically-grown products of the land 
  • $50 million value at wholesale



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