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Fundraiser for Deer Fence at Restoration Farm

Thanks to Everyone Who Donated!

The 2023 growing season was hugely successful, thanks to a fence that was 100% effective. Deer often watched us from the outside, but they never got in.

What a change from 2022!


We are deeply touched by the generosity of the more than 250 people who donated—many of whom donated more than once. It takes a village to run a community farm, and this fence is a testament to the strength of the Restoration Farm community. We wouldn't be here without you, and we are grateful and honored to be your farmers.

All the best,

Caroline & Dan


Why a Fence?

By the summer of 2022, the deer population at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration had put our farm in serious jeopardy. We resorted to temporary fencing to protect certain crops, but we also knew that without a permanent solution, our operation—and farming in general—could not continue at OBVR.

What Type of Fence?

An 8.5’ hi-tensile game fence with round, wooden posts

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Around the main growing fields


Spring 2023

Who Installed 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. The wooden posts and black wire blend with the landscape and are barely visible from a distance.

Cost of Fence


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

If we owned the land, we would have, but given our commitment to preserving OBVR’s 19th century ambiance, and the need for a quality product that will stand the test of time, contracting with a professional company was in our best interest. 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.

Cost of Field Swap

(see March 13 update)


  • New blackberry plants and posts

  • Diesel fuel

  • Cover crop seed

  • Contract purchase of winter squash (TBD)

Hunting as an Alternative

Hunting was our initial preference, as it addresses the root of the problem; fencing, on the other hand, 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. But permission must also be granted by the landowner, Nassau County in our case. With the County very unlikely to grant permission, and with time running out, we gave up on the hunting option and went with the fence.

Restoration Farm
12 Commerce Blvd.
Amityville, NY 11701

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Fundraising Goal: $50,000
Total raised as of Jan. 1, 2024
(personal checks + GoFundMe)  $46,425

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

Becky Beaver

Margaret Benjamin

Jim Bentson

Alena Berenblatt

Mary Berry

Joseph & Sharon Biasi

Jerry Black

Phyllis and Marty Blum

Jacqueline Boccio

Bill Boecker


Faye Bottone

Clea Bowdery

James Brady

Deborah Brant-Deitch

Bren-Tronics, Inc.

Moriah Britt

Carol Burnett

Carly Bushman

Kelly Cahill

Melissa Caltabiano


Susan Campbell

Sue Carollo

Cheryl Cashin

Maria-Elena Castagna

Gail & John Cavallo

Diana Cecchini

Mirnova Ceide

Marie Chanice

Helen Christodoulou

Dylan Clark



Bryan & Ann Marie Coakley

Brian Cohen

Robert Cohen

Daniel Colacurcio

Toni-Ann Collins

Richard Comitz

Lynn Connolly

Kimberly Cooley

Celeste & Doug Crockett

Hope Casey Crucilla

Cub Scouts Pack 57

Roger Dahlmann

Douglas D'Arrigo

Joshua  & Tara Daub

Natalia de Cuba

Craig Demling

Lynn DiAndrea

Regina & Paul Dlugokencky

Stacey Dores

Bill Duerr

Tony Dulgerian


Sabrina Falcone

Lizzie Fanning

Geri Farmer-Morrison

Thomas Farre

Deborah Feehan

Frances Felske

Sara Fins

John Fleming

Greg Flynn

Larry & Heather Foglia

Maureen Ford

Roe Freeman

Jess & Karl Freitag

Jerry & Lynette Frey

Kevin Frodell

Kathy Gaffney

Nancy Galgano

Anita Gallo

Patti and Lauren Gallo

Sandra Garay

Arline & George Garbarini

Judi Gardner

Alison Gencarelli

Johanne Georgalas

Abby Gerstein


Andrea & Mike Goldman

Robin Gozinsky

Ellen Gravina

Bethany Green-Campbell

Jessica Gregoretti

Dave & Haylee Grote

Vicki Gruber

Susan Guida

Cari Gusman

Fred & Janet Hagemann


Felicia Haran

Jenna Hassel

Fran Hershkowitz

Susan Hirschstein

Ann & Frank Holdgruen

Steve Huber

Lori Innella-Venne

Karen Isaac

Sharon Jacobs

Robert Jacoby

Lisa Jahrsdoerfer

Bhavani Jaroff


Tee Jessop

Anne Johnson

Evelina Kahn

Herman Karakaya

Stacey Katz

Christine Keller

Katie Kelly

Jen Kemnitzer

Iskra Killgore

Esther Klein

Karen Klose

Sandra Krebelj-Douglas

Mary Kwok


Marc Lavietes

Elana & Dave Lebolt

Jesse Lebolt

Molly Lebolt

Kate Levine


Tina Linsalata

Lisa LoFaro

Roseanne LoFaso

Long Island Fig Network

Bill Lopez


Dvorah & David Lumerman

Donna Lupia

Francis Magaldi

Steve Malczewski

Donna Maxant

Carol McBride


Marijane McNamee

Grace Mehl


Jessica Mileo-Mancuso

Paulette Miller

Tom Mineo

John & Jane Moore

Scarlett Morrongiello

Cara Morsello

Gina Murphy

Jay Mussman

JoAnna Nicholson

Allison Nunez

Marcia Olsen

James Orlandi

Michael Ortega-Napoli

Ralph Ottaiano


Gloria Panella

Daniel Pess

Amy Peters

Sean Pilger


Emilie Pembroke

Elisabeth Ploran

Jacqueline Polden

Tony & Laura Policano

Caroline Poplawski


Vicki Puccio

Jay Rhodes


Catherine Rode

Laura & James Romano

Jim & Suzanne Ryan

Lucia Sabbagh

Susan Salem

Dawn San Filippo

Michelle Sangüeza

Jennifer Santo

Michael Scagluso

John Schafer

Nancy Schechner

Sheila Schroeder

Jesse Schwabinger

Tom Sena

Bridget Siegel

Neil & Roberta Simon

Donna Sinetar

Fran Skolnick

Carolyn Slanetz-Chiu

Troy Smit

Jean Smyth-Crocetto

Jonathan Sorscher

Diane Stark


Lesly & Lenny Steinman

Nelson Sterner

Susan Stewart

Judy Stratton

Dolores Sullivan

Cindi Swernofsky

Dorota Sztabinski

Jane Tabone

Joseph Tait

Catherine Taylor

Anthony Terranova

Christine Torres

Larry Toyas

Mary Trester

Terri Troici

Linda Troncoso


Maria Venezia

Jen & Yvette Wang

Carol Wilkinson

Laura Williams

Kathy & Tim Williams-Ging

Matt Wilson

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.

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