Marcia Wilcox

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Partnership of 2 women not currently farming but eager to begin again. Partner A has several years' small-scale organic gardening experience, and has a keen interest in raising bees & honey production. Partner B has many years experience handling horses and 3 years experience handling other livestock; meat & egg chickens, meat rabbits, sheep, cattle, pigs, llamas. 

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Washington

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

We have a new travel trailer that we can live in 3 seasons but would need housing for the winter. We can make do with just about any weatherproof housing option but we are open to building our own dwelling or refurbishing an existing building to livable standards. Housing for chickens or the possibility of building said housing. Run-in sheds, barn or other shelter for goats and pigs if they are allowed, or the permission to build such shelter.

Description of water access required:

Any reliable clean water source. A well would be ideal. Partner B desires a swift-running stream for possible micro-hydropower generator, but that is negotiable. Ponds or the permission to create a pond would be a bonus.

Description of fencing required:

Adequate fencing for pasturing of goats and/or pigs if they are allowed. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

 Partner A desires at least one bee hive with potential to expand, and the option of one milk cow. Partner B desires one milk goat and one fiber goat, minimum, and the option to raise at least 2 pigs per year. Also the option to raise meat rabbits. We would like to have a minimum of 10 laying chickens, or access to same.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

One possible option involves the partners lease-optioning a small farm from the owners. The owners would ideally be older and wanting to sell but wish to remain on farm. Partners would give a down payment and make monthly payments while working & living on farm, whether in the home or in separate housing situation. Owners would remain as long as desired & carry loan. 
We are also open to forming a partnership with a farmer who wishes to remain on their land and would allow us to undertake our own enterprises in addition to helping manage existing farm enterprises.
We are open to many creative tenure options including building our own dwelling onsite. Let's collaborate.

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, 4, 5

Experience description:

Partner A has been working in organic family gardens for the majority of her life.  She helped to build a straw-bale barn and a round cordwood house.  She has a love of the natural world that is unparalled by anything other than literature in her present life.  She has a keen interest in raising honeybees and would like to plant pollinator gardens.  She has a love of poultry of all sorts.
Partner B is 4 credits short of Bachelor's in Leadership for Sustainable Communities, which includes extensive education and hands-on experience in permaculture farming and living, and alternative construction practices. She has 3 years exerience working on traditional, permaculture and organic farms. She also has experience in home repair & remodel; irrigation systems design, install & repair; alternative construction practices such as cob, strawbale, and is currently planning to experiment with foamcrete construction.