Keeping Account 11.03.11

Organic Grapes
    Rex Farr, an organic farmer and proprietor of the Farrm in Calverton, has harvested the first batch of certified organic grapes on Long Island. The harvest yields between 10 and 12 tons of four reds: malbec, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot.
    Mr. Farr has been looking at possible partnerships with several East End wineries “to appeal to a broader consumer base,” he said in a release. Although a few of the 45-plus wineries on Long Island employ selected organic farming methods, the Farrm is the only certified full-organic farm to harvest grapes.
    The Farrm has 60 acres planted with vegetables, hay, and now grapes, and has been certified organic since 1990, making it, with the Green Thumb in Water Mill, one of the first of its kind on the Island.

New Insurance Adviser
    George Yates, the president of the Dayton, Ritz, and Osborne insurance agency in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, has announced that Teresa M. Schurr, a personal lines representative at the firm, recently earned her “accredited adviser in insurance” designation. Ms. Schurr is a licensed New York State broker.
    In order to earn the new designation, which recognizes industry professionals in the areas of insurance production, multiple-lines production, agency operations, and sales management, Ms. Schurr successfully completed nine exams. She is also a member of the Springs School Board.

MonkMusic Studio
    Cynthia Daniels, an Emmy and Grammy-winning recording engineer, has opened a recording studio in the Northwest section of East Hampton. It features two “acoustically perfect” recording rooms.
    Designed by John Storyk, a well-known industry designer, and featuring “pristine construction” by Mike Davies, MonkMusic Studio also offers an extra-large control room with A.D.R., I.S.D.N., and Source Connect remote-recording services. There is 5.1 recording and mixing for postproduction.
    The studio has a large selection of microphones, from vintage favorites to the newest, along with guitar amps and instruments and a vast sound-effects library. Its Web site is monkmusicstudios.com.