Colin Casto

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

A recent Penn State graduate hoping to implement regenerative and permacultural practices to prove their viability and spread the word about agricultural practices that work for farmers, consumers, and the environment.

Description of marketing method:

Crop shares (~CSA), restaurant and market sales

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Cayuga
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Eastern
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • Kings (Brooklyn)
    • New York (Manhattan)
    • Richmond (Staten Island)
  • Southeast
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Southern
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Schuyler
    • Tioga
    • Tompkins

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Depending on farm size and other specifics, I'd like to establish a diverse, multi-layered fruit and vegetable operation with intergrated livestock (primarily dairy cattle, sheep, chickens, and possibly pigs and ducks).

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

University coursework, three seasons' small vegetable farm experience, sustainable agriculture conferences and workshops, volunteer experience, personal gardening projects, thousands of hours of research into regenerative agriculture, permaculture, holisitic management, keyline design, and more