Lyle Wells, an 11th generation Riverhead farmer, grew 70 acres of asparagus on his family farm. Courtesy photo.

An organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of Aquebogue farmer Lyle Wells is offering a new $5,000 grant to a Long Island farmer.

Wells, an 11th generation farmer, had a steadfast passion for agriculture and a tireless commitment to furthering the farming community on the East End of Long Island, the Lyle C. Wells Passion for Agriculture organization said. Wells, 62, died in an accident on his Sound Avenue farm on Jan. 25, 2018. (See prior story.)

“Always one to get ahead of the curve, he was constantly searching for ways to push the envelope with new crops to the area, farming techniques or innovative distribution networks,” the group said in a statement announcing the availability of the grant.

“In association with the Long Island Farm Bureau, we look forward to honoring his legacy and continuing these causes. We are currently accepting applications for a $5,000 grant to be awarded to an existing or new Long Island farmer.”

The deadlines for application submissions is March 31. To receive an application, email Lyle C. Wells Passion for Agriculture

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