Sarah Van Orden Morrow

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Own & operate a small grass-based dairy & livestock farm & artisan cheese enterprise in the Finger Lakes, with family ag roots in the Hudson Valley.  We have limited land at our current location, so exploring other opportunities.  Our intention is to operate a farmstead creamery with on-farm direct sales & regional wholesale & retail. 

Description of marketing method:

We currently retail at farmers' markets, have a small CSA, online sales, wholesale, and supply 3 distributors.  We are looking to add on-farm retail sales/agri-tourism component.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of water access required:

High quality water required in adequate quantity for livestock & processing facility.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

We currently milk ~35 Brown Swiss dairy cows.  We raise our steers for beef and farrow to finish a small group of pigs.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are looking for a secure, long-term arrangement, 20+ years with option to buy if not currently for sale.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education

Experience description:

BS in Dairy Science & MS in Ag Business from Cornell University.  Dairy business entrepreneur and 15 years of operation.  5 years of forage management & harvest experience.  5 years of artisan cheesemaking & marketing experience. My husband is also a welder & fabricator by trade.