|Family Farmers: The Youngs Family|
On Hegeman's Lane in Old Brookville stands Youngs Farm, founded in 1893
by John H. Youngs, the great-grandson of Thomas Youngs who ran an apple
orchard in nearby Oyster Bay. The 1893 Youngs Farm, which has been cited
as a "Century Farm" grew bibb lettuce, potatoes and sweet corn and raised
cows, chickens and pigs. These crops were the main staples of the operation
until the 1950s. However, Arthur Youngs, says his son John "was very
conscious of new ideas. And I must credit without reservation Cornell
Cooperative Extension Service because they have helped us immeasurably."
After World War II supermarkets began to open on Long Island and many
residents started shopping in them. "Fortunately there is a segment
of the population that has tasted freshness and knows what it is. All
of our product is picked fresh the same morning."
The Youngs farmlands once included sections of Planting
Fields State Park and additional acres in Old Brookville. The family had
to sell a portion of their 100-acre farm in 1980, in order to settle an
estate. Unlike other farmers from the once thriving agricultural community,
they sold their land to Banfi vineyards so that the land would remain
in agricultural use. Paula and Jo-Hanna Youngs Gooth are also strong preservationists,
as is their father John. "I am very fortunate in having two such brilliant
daughters who have the heritage in their hearts."