Eric Sepenoski is a fourth-generation farmer and a teacher. He was raised driving the tractors at Seps Farm and handling the workboats at Port of Egypt Marine. His commitment to stewarding Southold’s rich natural heritage is born from his experience growing up on the land and the water, scalloping and clamming on Hallocks Bay and exploring our extensive coastal forests and wetlands. Eric learned firsthand from the people who made their livelihoods here what it means to be of and for this place.
While farming each summer and pursuing his formal education as a teacher, researcher, and writer, Eric became interested in how our relationships to land shape our sense of place and community. In 2020 he received a PhD from Northeastern University for his ethnographic study of the North Fork. He then returned home to grow the farm business with his wife, Brenna, and raise their young son on the land. As a Southold Town Trustee, Eric will strengthen our town’s commitment to improving water quality, ensure access to our waters, and educate so that together we can better advocate for Southold’s environmental and economic future.