Mike Parker pictured in a tractor on his farm

A First Generation Farmer Leases Former Dairy and Transitions Land to Regenerative Grazing, Diversified Livestock

Mike Parker, a first-generation beginning farmer, had been seeking the right opportunity to start a diversified livestock enterprise while working for the National Young Farmers Coalition in Hudson, NY. In 2019, using Farmland for a New Generation New York’s farmland finder website, Mike reached out to the owners of Pinehurst Farm in Otsego county. The property had been a wholesale dairy for decades, but the tenant dairy farmer's upcoming retirement encouraged the landowning family to seek out a new farmer who would prioritize environmental sustainability. Mike's plan for a regenerative grazing operation was a match!

Mike begins a 5-year lease in winter 2021 and plans to start grazing cattle in the spring. The Parker family is looking forward to joining the community around Cooperstown and providing the region with sustainably raised meat products for years to come.

Published in February 2021