top of page

Fundraiser for Deer Fence at Restoration Farm


The deer population at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration has put our farm in serious jeopardy. We incurred enough damage in 2022 that we resorted to temporary fencing to protect certain crops. Without a permanent solution, it's questionable how much longer our operation—and farming in general—can continue at OBVR.

What Type of Fence

An 8.5’ hi-tensile game fence with round, wooden posts (read more)


Around the main growing fields


Winter/Spring 2023

Who Will Install the Fence

LB Fencing from East Earl, PA

Impact on the Old Bethpage Village Restoration & Landscape

The fence includes six unlocked gates to facilitate the flow of people and vehicles through the OBVR park. Once installed, the fence will blend with the landscape.  

Cost of Fence


Whoa, that’s a lot of money! Can’t you find someone cheaper? Or do it yourself?

If we owned the land, we would. But given our commitment to preserving OBVR’s 19th century ambiance, and the need for a quality product that can stand the test of time, contracting with a professional company is in our best interest, despite the cost. Going on the recommendation of the Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District, we got estimates from the top two installers on Long Island. Their project descriptions were nearly identical in materials and labor, so we went with the lower bid.

Hunting as an Alternative

Hunting was—and continues to be—our #1 preference. It addresses the root of the problem, whereas fencing merely diverts the problem elsewhere. Recreational hunting is illegal in Nassau County, but nuisance hunting with a D.E.C. permit is not. In fact, it’s already being done in the Village of Old Westbury and at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. To apply for a permit, we'd need permission from the landowner—Nassau County. We have made multiple attempts since 2020 to obtain permission, but the support just isn't there yet. Given our losses in 2022, we can't lose any more time trying.



On April 3 & 4, the LB Fencing crew was buzzing about the farm, driving posts, unrolling fencing, bracing corners, and installing gates. It's amazing what a seasoned crew can accomplish in two short days! And just in the nick of time, sooner was the last gate latched than we were putting in the season's first plants.
Sorry, deer, no snap peas for you!

Checks payable to Restoration Farm can be mailed to:

Restoration Farm
12 Commerce Blvd.
Amityville, NY 11701

For credit cards:

Fundraising Goal: $50,000
Total raised as of April 19
(personal checks + GoFundMe)  $29,678

Thank You to Our Donors

Sue Abbott-Jones

John Accetta

Bernice & Jimmy Acevedo

Sharon Adams

The Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau, & Suffolk Counties

Glenn Aldridge

Pat Amendolare

Maria Antonopoulos

Cristina Arroyo

Ian August


Jackie & Bobbi Baker

Robin Baren

Kathleen Barnosky

Ting Barrow

Lucia Sabbagh

Margaret Benjamin

Alena Berenblatt

Mary Berry

Joseph & Sharon Biasi

Jerry Black

Phyllis and Marty Blum

Jacqueline Boccio

Bill Boecker


Faye Bottone

James Brady

Bren-Tronics, Inc.

Moriah Britt

Carol Burnett

Carly Bushman

Kelly Cahill

Melissa Caltabiano


Susan Campbell

Cheryl Cashin

Maria-Elena Castagna

Gail & John Cavallo

Diana Cecchini

Marie Chanice

Dylan Clark



Robert Cohen

Daniel Colacurcio

Toni-Ann Collins

Richard Comitz

Lynn Connolly

Kimberly Cooley

Celeste & Doug Crockett

Hope Casey Crucilla

Roger Dahlmann

Douglas D'Arrigo

Joshua  & Tara Daub

Natalia de Cuba

Craig Demling

Regina & Paul Dlugokencky

Stacey Dores

Tony Dulgerian

Sabrina Falcone

Lizzie Fanning

Geri Farmer-Morrison

Thomas Farre

Deborah Feehan

Frances Felske

Sara Fins

John Fleming

Greg Flynn

Maureen Ford

Roe Freeman

Lynette Frey

Kathy Gaffney

Nancy Galgano

Anita Gallo

Patti and Lauren Gallo

Sandra Garay

Arline & George Garbarini

Judi Gardner

Alison Gencarelli

Johanne Georgalas

Abby Gerstein


Timothy Ging

Bethany Green-Campbell

Jessica Gregoretti

Dave & Haylee Grote

Vicki Gruber

Susan Guida

Fred & Janet Hagemann


Jenna Hassel

Susan Hirschstein

Ann & Frank Holdgruen

Katie Holmes

Karen Isaac

Sharon Jacobs

Robert Jacoby

Lisa Jahrsdoerfer

Bhavani Jaroff


Tee Jessop

Evelina Kahn

Herman Karakaya

Stacey Katz

Christine Keller

Iskra Killgore

Esther Klein

Karen Klose

Sandra Krebelj-Douglas

Mary Kwok


Marc Lavietes

Elana Lebolt

Kate Levine


Tina Linsalata


Roseanne LoFaso

Dvorah & David Lumerman

Francis Magaldi

Steve Malczewski

Carol McBride


Marijane McNamee

Grace Mehl


Paulette Miller

Tom Mineo

Cara Morsello

Gina Murphy

Jay Mussman

Allison Nunez

James Orlandi

Ralph Ottaiano


Daniel Pess

Amy Peters

Sean Pilger


Jacqueline Polden


Jay Rhodes


Catherine Rode

Laura & James Romano

Jim & Suzanne Ryan

Susan Salem

Dawn San Filippo

Michelle Sangüeza

Jennifer Santo

Sheila Schroeder

Jesse Schwabinger

Tom Sena

Bridget Siegel

Neil & Roberta Simon

Fran Skolnick

Carolyn Slanetz-Chiu

Troy Smit

Jean Smyth-Crocetto

Jonathan Sorscher

Diane Stark

Lesly & Lenny Steinman

Susan Stewart

Judy Stratton

Cindi Swernofsky

Dorota Sztabinski

Joseph Tait

Catherine taylor

Larry Toyas

Terri Troici

Linda Troncoso


Maria Venezia

Jen & Yvette Wang

Carol Wilkinson

Laura Williams

Susan Wisner

Rosalie Yelen

Raymond & Marian Ziminski

A Note from the Farmers,

January 2023


As business owners, we take pride in covering all of our costs through vegetable sales, and in demonstrating that small-scale farming can be financially viable. That said, we're fundraising for this project because it will be a capital improvement to land we don’t—and never will—own. In fact, our contract clearly states the fence will become the property of Nassau County. But the fence won’t increase our sales or profit margins; it will simply preserve the business we’ve built, so we can continue farming. That said, the fence will enhance the farm’s ability to attract future farmers. In other words, the fence isn’t just an emergency measure for now—it’s an investment in the farm’s long-term future, too.


We believe our partnership with the government and citizens of Nassau County is a success story. For 16 years, we’ve grown food for thousands of Long Islanders without taking on debt. Not only that, we’ve nurtured a community deeply connected to this beautiful piece of land. The public-private partnership that undergirds Restoration Farm is powered by many people and benefits many people. That's why we welcome the support of those who want the farm to continue, both this season and many seasons into the future.


Thanks for your consideration.

Caroline & Dan

Project Update—Field Swap
March 13, 2023

In February, leadership at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration asked if we could exclude Pond Field (aka the Berry Field) from the project, due to concern that the pastoral view of their southern crossroads would be ruined. In a meeting with Nassau County officials, we agreed to trade Pond Field for a similar-sized parcel directly to the south. This swap consolidates our fields away from the OBVR historical buildings, so that fencing, tractors, and other modern operations are less of an intrusion on the park’s 19th century theme. The swap also it shortens the length of fence by 600’, reducing the overall cost by $7,000.


But the swap also presents some challenges and costs. For one, we have 400 feet of healthy blackberry plants in Old Pond Field, and we can’t take them with us. Work has begun on preparing a new blackberry site, and new plants have been ordered, but it’ll be another 2-3 years before these plants come into production. And in addition to new plants, we’ll also need new locust posts, as blackberries require permanent trellising. Between the plants and the posts, we’re looking at a price tag of $2,000–$3,000 in materials alone.


Second, it’s too late for us to completely abandon our 2023 plans for Old Pond Field—garlic, winter squash, and, of course, blackberries. The county has agreed to let us harvest the garlic we planted last fall, and CSA members can pick blackberries for one more season, but we are not permitted to plant anything new. This leaves us in the lurch with regards to spaghetti, delicata, and kabocha squash, which we’d planned on planting in that field. Since we’re already operating at full capacity, we don’t have an empty field we can just switch these squash over to. We haven’t figured a solution this conundrum yet, but it’s on the to-do list.


Finally, New Pond Field won’t be ready for cash crops for another 1-2 years. Currently a cow pasture covered in thick sod and multi-flora rose, the field will require months of tractor work—and a lot of diesel fuel—before we can get a preliminary cover crop seeded. All of which takes time, money, and extra wear and tear on the tractors.


But despite these challenges, we still believe the field swap is for the greater good. For the past sixteen years, we’ve stayed on good terms with our OBVR neighbors by minding our own business and by minimizing our impact on the landscape. We knew this project would be a hard pill to swallow, so if swapping fields makes the pill go down easier, so be it.

bottom of page