Express Magazine: Reviving the Fertile Oyster Fields Off Robins Island

Reliance on the natural elements to yield a successful harvest is not exclusive to traditional agriculture as it is known on land. Beneath the surface of the East End’s saltwater lays another vast land with its farmers working through the weather and seasons year-round to cultivate a crop that has come to be one of the most prominent. Walker Lourie and Will Peckham are the founders of West Robins Oyster Co. located just west of Robins Island in the Great Peconic Bay. Owning a portion of the bay bottom as a private property right in existence since 1884, the pair rely on a healthy ecosystem to enable a sustainable crop that defines the flavor of their home and honors the water’s heritage.

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