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Nassau OKs Grossmann's Farm lease deal

Grossmann’s Farm in Malverne is one of the

Grossmann’s Farm in Malverne is one of the last remaining in Nassau County Credit: T.C. McCarthy

The Nassau County Legislature on Monday unanimously approved a 10-year contract to have the Nassau Land Trust lease and manage the 105-year-old Grossmann’s Farm in Malverne.

In February, the county closed on the $6.5 million purchase of the 5.2-acre property to keep it as the last remaining farm is southwestern Nassau.

The agreement still needs to be signed by County Executive Ed Mangano, but that is expected to happen within days.

“Preserving our existing open space and providing Nassau County residents with healthy foods grown on local farms is a focus of my administration,” Mangano said in a statement. “Together, we can and will preserve Nassau’s remaining open space for years to come.”

Lloyd Zuckerberg, president of the Nassau Land Trust, said the nonprofit has already begun preparing for the spring.

“We’ve already applied a lot of organic matter to the soil in an effort to revitalize the soil and prepare it for the growing season.”

He said the Land Trust participated in the Malverne Fall Festival, where community members helped plant garlic bulbs.

“We’re going to return the farm to active production … and also activities at the farm to make it a vital community resource to the Malverne community and beyond. We plan to have a farmstead selling produce as well as programs for school children and different constituencies in the community. This will become, we hope, a regional showcase for best practices in farming for the area.”

Zuckerberg said the group’s focus now is to prepare the barn building and greenhouses and add appropriate utilities to the properties,” including restrooms for the farm’s opening. “Right now it’s a shell, he said.

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