Rosemary Swider

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have spent the better part of the past decade growing organic food in a variety of ways and degrees of production. This expereince has included smaller acreage done fully by hand as well as working for a 200 member CSA with 30 acres in production and a full field crew. I recently obtained employment at a medical cannabis facility in Massachusettes. It is an amazing experience, but not the same as farming. I am looking for a long term arrangement that would hopefully lead to some ownership of a property down the road. I have two children and am looking for a drama free and stable arrangement. If given the opoortunity I would treat your property as my own and work my hardest to ensure it's success in every venture. 

Description of marketing method:

My preferred method to begin is a small CSA and farm stand. This is the most manageable means of income in the early years without being overwhelmed in my opinion. As years go on and the farm becomes more established I would venture out to obtain some regular restaraunt clients, and potentially some local markets. Part of my method is to offer a wider variety of products including not just vegetales but also flowers, microgreens, mushrooms, and other natural products. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Greene

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Organic, sustainable vegetable production is my strong suit. This includes a diversity of crops ias well as microgreens. I also have a passion for herbs and herbal medicine as well as floriculture. I often make natural body and beauty products that people tend to love. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I would like to have some option of ownership of the property in some way in some time if all goes well with the arranagement. I am looking for a long term, stable situation. 

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Unsure

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, 3, 4

Experience description:

I completed by Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, and had a focus on sustainable agrigulture production. I have also worked on many farms in many capacities ranging from field worker, to farm manager.