Mary T Converse

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Looking for land and housing (on site) to farm with regenerative, possibly biodynamic farming practices focusing on market vegetables and fruits.
interested in long term arrangement with the hope of ownership, lease to own, tenure arrangement that works for both of us. Looking for a home to plant our roots.

Description of marketing method:

farmers markets, website, possible farmstore, flexible

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

hoping for a barn, shed in field/pasture,
chicken coop

Description of water access required:

water access at barn, enough to power irrigation of field.

Description of fencing required:

hoping for fencing around pasture to contain 2 horses and 17 goats ( they can be seperated as well different fencing )Im flexible

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

I have 2 horses( thoroughbred gelding 5 years and a rescue mare, a Missouri Fox trotter 12 years) both friendly and good looking and well behaved.
15 dairy goats. ( plus Pymgy and Nigerian) all very friendly. very fun, a handsome herd.
crops : the range of produce and vegetables grown for sale at market, csa 
would love to add fruit trees, bees in long term goals

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:


Additional Information

Experience & education:

Farm owner, 4, 5

Experience description:

I have been farming collectively in several states for over 4 years. I began my education on my own here in Hudson, NY on a 3/4 acre plot which led to an apprencticeship spanning the spring/ summer and winter seasons at Green Mead Farm in Valatie. I then moved across country to northern California to complete another apprenticeship with a small new farm. Moving to Neveda, I took a job with the artist Michael Heizer, photographing his land art sculputure "City" for the upcoming book. 2020 is the year it opens to the public. For two years I lived on his ranch in the Great Basin National Monument and grew produce in a large garden and made soap that I sold at the market in Cedar City, Utah. After the project was complete, I moved to Cedar City, Utah where I had a few good farm friends and began my farm, Wild Roots Farm. I began making and selling my artisan soaps, Goats Milk and Castile, expanding the collections ( website : is under construction) and gathering a following at the local market. Wild Roots is my soap company. The milk is gifted from my small goat herd.
The West is a beautiful place, but my heart is here in Hudson, NY area. So at the beginning of September this year, I created the opportunity to return to this beautiful area with the intention of permanence, community and creativity. I moved my farm family of animals: 2 horses, 17 goats, 30 chickens, a dog and two cats with me! no easy feat!. We are ready for our home, with land to grow.