Long IslandLI Life

Winter's Bounty

Julie and Davie Yen began their Yaphank farm

Julie and Davie Yen began their Yaphank farm more than 15 years ago, after owning various other farms across Long Island. (Jan. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

In Yaphank, a couple who once worked with gold and gems now work the good earth.

Julie Yen, 65, weeds the rows of red
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Julie Yen, 65, weeds the rows of red mustard growing inside a greenhouse of her D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Julie and Davie Yen began their Yaphank farm
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Julie and Davie Yen began their Yaphank farm more than 15 years ago, after owning various other farms across Long Island. (Jan. 9, 2013)

White carrots are just one of the more
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

White carrots are just one of the more than 70 varietals of vegetables that are grown at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Full-time employees Vincent Lopez, 50, and Albert Garcia,
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Full-time employees Vincent Lopez, 50, and Albert Garcia, 58, harvest lacinato (Tuscan) kale in one of the 10 greenhouses on D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Julie Yen picks up her mail outside of
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Julie Yen picks up her mail outside of her Yaphank home, and her and her husband's D & J Organic farm, located in the backyard. (Jan. 9, 2013)

After baby greens are harvested at D &
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

After baby greens are harvested at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, they are sorted and packaged for the various markets that the farm participates in around Long Island and New York City. (Jan. 9, 2013)

While most of the produce at D &
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

While most of the produce at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank grows in their 10 greenhouses, some vegetables, like this Napa cabbage, grows outside for a good part of the winter. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Julie Yen, owner of D & J Organic
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Julie Yen, owner of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, excites the white geese during a late afternoon visit to the coops in search of eggs. (Jan. 9, 2013)

With more than 100 chicken, geese and ducks,
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

With more than 100 chicken, geese and ducks, the D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank packages cartons of eggs each day to be sold at markets across Long Island and New York City. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Lily Shi, one of the three full-time employees
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Lily Shi, one of the three full-time employees on the farm, checks for newly laid eggs in the chicken coop at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Vincent Lopez, 50, harvests red mustard greens in
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Vincent Lopez, 50, harvests red mustard greens in one of the 10 greenhouses in the backyard of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Davie Yen, owner of D & J Organic
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Davie Yen, owner of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, sits on his tractor, which he uses to cultivate the land behind his Yaphank home, which is the farm. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Red mustard greens burst with color as the
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Red mustard greens burst with color as the sun begins to set over D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Lily Shi, 55, and one of the farm's
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Lily Shi, 55, and one of the farm's three employees, washes freshly-picked carrots at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Fingerling potatoes are harvested up until early winter
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Fingerling potatoes are harvested up until early winter at the D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank and stored in a cool, back room under newspapers. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Davie Yen, co-owner with his wife, Julie Yen,
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Davie Yen, co-owner with his wife, Julie Yen, of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, explains to full-time employees Vincent Lopez and Albert Garcia the importance of using different types of soil for the different levels in the making of the aquaponic pond being dug in the greenhouse. (Jan. 9, 2013)

D & J Organic Farm owners Julie and
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

D & J Organic Farm owners Julie and Davie Yen tend to the paperwork part of farming in their Yaphank home, after a morning in their backyard where they oversee the vegetables and greens growing in their 10 greenhouses, their multiple chicken coops and their Koi ponds. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Rubber boots and waterproof jackets hang around the
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Rubber boots and waterproof jackets hang around the farm and are used by the employees at D & J Organic farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Albert Garcia, 58, harvests lacinato (Tuscan) kale in
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Albert Garcia, 58, harvests lacinato (Tuscan) kale in one of the 10 greenhouses in the backyard of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Full-time employees Albert Garcia, 58, and Vincent Lopez,
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Full-time employees Albert Garcia, 58, and Vincent Lopez, 50, harvest some red mustard greens early in the work-day at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Lily Shi, 55, clears weeds at the base
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Lily Shi, 55, clears weeds at the base of lacinato (Tuscan) kale growing in one of the 10 greenhouses at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Vincent Lopez, Albert Garcia and Lily Shi, full-time
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Vincent Lopez, Albert Garcia and Lily Shi, full-time employees of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, sort and bundle various greens, including red mustard greens and Tuscan kale, to be sold at farmers' markets. (Jan. 9, 2013)

D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank has
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank has 10 greenhouses, three chicken coops, two Koi ponds and additional land outside that is mostly cultivated from spring to fall. (Jan. 9, 2013)

A lone hen sits upon her eggs in
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

A lone hen sits upon her eggs in the trailer-turned-coop at the D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Julie and Davie Yen, owners of D &
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Julie and Davie Yen, owners of D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, walk the rows of lacinato (Tuscan) kale in their greenhouse to pick out leaves to later use for cooking in their home. (Jan. 9, 2013)

Fava beans hang and grow throughout the netted
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Fava beans hang and grow throughout the netted walkway at D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank. (Jan. 9, 2013)

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