Who we are
AFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of farmers, food producers, and food consumers on the East End of Long Island.
A Special Message
Thank you for your interest in the Amagansett Food Institute. With your donation, AFI is able to educate beginning farmers, coordinate our farm to food pantry program, manage our commercial kitchen incubator, and support local producers on the East End. We look forward to sharing updates on these programs with you as we continue to work with farmers and food entrepreneurs.
The East End Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a cooperative effort of local farms organized to enhance educational opportunities for farm apprentices. Apprentices on farms that participate in the CRAFT program experience a diversity of successful farm models and join a community of fellow apprentices and farmers. Our goal for East End CRAFT is to enrich and support education and community building through farm tours, workshops, and social events. Every season, people of all ages and backgrounds come to the East End to gain farming skills by apprenticing on local farms. AFI collaborates with farm members to organize a series of bi-weekly tours and workshops for these apprentices that runs from April through October. The tours and workshops give them a chance to broaden their knowledge by exploring other farming models than the ones they're associated with. They also get to see a diversity of food producing ventures unique to the East End, such as vineyards, orchards, fish and shellfish hatcheries, and more. Local experts add to the experience through lectures and demonstrations. The CRAFT program also gives apprentices a chance to network and socialize with members of the farming community and people of similar interests.
AFI’s Farm to Pantry program, in partnership with Long Island Cares, gives farmers an outlet for their surplus produce and pays them for it while at the same time providing hungry Long Islanders with fresh, healthy produce. Every week during the growing season, AFI aggregates surplus produce for purchase by Long Island’s Food Bank, which then distributes it to 600 food pantries in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In fall and winter, AFI works with local farms to deliver produce directly to local food pantries. These deliveries are especially important in the Hamptons, where jobs are scarce during off-season months. This portion of the program relies entirely on private donors and local support. If you would like to contribute to the Farm to Pantry Program, please contact us directly. AFI thanks the Long Island Community Foundation for its support of the Farm to Pantry Project.
AFI helps connect people interested in working as an apprentice on an East End farm with farmers willing to share their expertise. We work with a wide range of farms, each with different business models and apprenticeship programs. Most farms provide housing, fresh produce, a modest stipend, and hands-on training in exchange for the work apprentices contribute. Through our CRAFT program we offer apprentices additional educational opportunities that not only deepen their learning experience but also give them the chance to network and socialize with others in the farming community.
AFI advocates for sustainable food policy at the national, regional, and local levels. We work hard to keep up-to-date and inform our members about relevant farm and food policy that affects East End farms and food businesses. We often team up with other organizations with complementary missions, such as the National Young Farmer's Coalition and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
AFI aims to shine a light on the critical problem of food waste in the Untied States. Recent studies, including one produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC IP:12-06-B), have found that as much as 40 percent of food grown in the U.S. goes to waste. This waste occurs on the farm, in transport, in retail stores, and in our own homes. Through our food waste project, AFI provides educational initiatives to increase awareness of the problem and provide some concrete, local solutions. Significant on-farm waste occurs when farmers have abundant produce, which is greater than markets can absorb. It is not economically reasonable to harvest produce that cannot be sold. Through our Gleaning Program, AFI works with local farmers and community volunteers to harvest this excess produce. The produce is then processed into frozen or shelf-stable items at AFI’s South Fork Kitchens. The profits are shared with the farmers who opened up their fields to be gleaned.
South Fork Kitchens (SFK) is AFI's business incubator for food entrepreneurs. It is located on the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University.
Revenue and Expenses Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015
|Total Expenditures:||$ 494,910.00|
|Net Gain/Loss:||$ 601,459.00|
|Fiscal Year End Date:||2015|