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Peconic Land Trust Bringing 14th Annual Through Farms And Fields Benefit To East Hampton

Ali Friedlander

Peconic Land Trust works to protect Long Island's working farms, and natural lands. (Courtesy Photo)

The Peconic Land Trust will once again welcome guests to an evening of fine dining and fun as the organization hosts its 14th annual Through Farms and Fields benefit on Sunday, August 7th. This year, the event will take place at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. The benefit will honor John de Cuevas and Margaret de Cuevas for their Conversation Accomplishments. Master of Ceremonies, chef, and TV personality George Hirsch will host the benefit, which will celebrate the Peconic Land Trust's 33 years of conservation.

"Through Farms and Fields is a wonderful way for us to share with our friends and neighbors the bounty of Long Island's East End," shared Nancy Gilbert and Nancy Goell, Co-Chairs of Through Farms and Fields and a members of the Trust's Board of Directors. "Each year, the event takes place in a different location and celebrates the uniqueness of the place and the wonderful people who contribute to protecting our local farms, woodlands, wetlands, bays and coastlines."

The annual happening toasts to the bounty of delicious food made from the fields and farms of the local areas, with a country supper consisting of everything from the "amazing salad greens, vegetables, herbs and fruits from local farms, to the fresh fish from our shores and livestock raised on our fields, to the wonderful wines of our vineyards." The dinner is created with locally sourced produce and proteins that will be prepared by Honest Catering, with Chef Joseph Realmuto of Nick & Toni's.

"We are looking forward to bringing Through Farms and Fields for the first time to the Town of East Hampton and celebrating the conservation accomplishes of our long-time friends Margaret de Cuevas and her father John," added the Co-Chairs. "The evening will be truly inspirational."

The annual happening toasts to the bounty of delicious food made from the fields and farms of the local areas. (Courtesy Photo)

Founded in 1983 by John v.H. Halsey and a small group of local residents, the Peconic Land Trust works to protect Long Island's working farms, and natural lands. Since its inception, the Peconic Land Trust has worked with landowners, donors, all levels of government, communities and partner organizations to ensure and protect nearly 12,000 acres of Long Island lands.

However, none of this would be possible without the donations of people like John de Cuevas and Margaret de Cuevas. John first donated a conservation easement on about 25 acres of his property to the Trust in 1990 and since then has provided annual support, capital, and loans to the Trust that have resulted in the conservation of woodlands and shorelines from Amagansett to Setauket. Maggie has also given quite a bit of land herself; donating 50 acres of Stony Hill woodland to the Trust in 2003, and soon after donated another 190 wooded acres. Together, these properties protected the deepest part of the aquifer in East Hampton's Water Recharge Overlay District and now encompass the Trust's High Point Preserve and Silver Beach Preserve in Amagansett with spectacular trails. It is because of these massively valuable donations that John and Margaret de Cuevas will be honored at this year's event.

In addition to the delicious, locally sourced food that will be provided at the event, guests will be invited to join in on a special Secret Box chance. Boxes will be sold at $100 per box, with each one containing a special treasure, and one lucky winner will receive an extra-special gift. Susan Rockefeller and protectwhatisprecious.com have donated all gifts.

The event will start at 4 p.m. on August 7th. Tickets begin at $300.

Quail Hill Farm is located on Deep Lane in Amagansett. To purchase tickets, contact the Peconic Land Trust at 631-283-3195 or visit www.peconiclandtrust.org.

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