A Brief History
The James Hobbs family came to Long Island from Georgia in 1906 and grew farm produce in New Village (North Centereach) for local Long Islanders for three generations, first as farm workers and later purchasing the land for Hobbs Farm. James' son, Alfred Hobbs took ownership in 1955 and farmed his own property as well as rental farmland in the surrounding area for many years. He passed up many opportunities to sell the property, hoping that it would remain a farm.
Hobbs Farm is the last farm in Centereach, as well as the last African-American family farm on Long Island. When Mr. Hobbs passed away in the late 1990's, he left the farm property to the Bethel AME Church in Setauket, where he was a member. Legal complications caused a dealy in transfer and led to a time when the farm was vandalized anf fell into disrepair.
To support Bethel Church, Friends of Hobbs Farm was formed in 2007. The restoration process began in 2008 with renovating the farmhouse and barn, starting a two-acre cooperative gardening project which provides produce to several local food ministries, and developing some community activities on site.
The vision of Bethel Church and the Hobbs Restoration is to restore the land to its original use, create a permanent retreat and education center on site, and honor the Hobbs Family legacy of feeding and befriending their neighbors. We provide fresh wholesome produce to those who need, through a network of local food pantries and food programs.
Friends of the Farm welcomes your support as we continue to create "A Farm for All People, a Farm for All Time."
Learn more about all the sections of the farm and how each section works to serve the community.
Celebrating over 165 years of worship and service...
Bethel African American Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 2117
33 Christian Avenue
Setauket, NY 11733
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:30AM Sunday Worship & Children's Sunday School
12PM - Wednesday, Prayer Service
Reverend Gregory L. Leonard, Pastor
Reverend Henrietta Fullard, Presiding Elder
Reverend Richard R. Norris, Presiding Bishop