Meg Strecker

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We currently have two (2) farming businesses:

1) one-acre land (leasehold, renewed yearly) focused on: wildflowers, herbs with apiary. Future plans: secure own land to permanently set-up garden and apiary.

2) ten-acre water site (leasehold) farming oysters (nursery and grow-out): Future plans: secure waterfront site to permanently set-up nursery and grow-out oysters.

 

 

 

Description of marketing method:

1) Flower Farm: marketing locally, participant at Greenport Farmer's Market; Pop-up Farmstands at local businesses. 2) Oyster Farm: marketing locally and Brooklyn NY; direct to business owners (e.g. restaurants; oyster bars); Greenport Farmer's Market.

 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • Kings (Brooklyn)
    • New York (Manhattan)
    • Richmond (Staten Island)

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

1) Flower Farm/ Apiary: bees 2) Oyster Farm: shellfish 

 

 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Preference to purchase land

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

Husband & wife have broad agricultural experience over more than 3 decades. Cam grew-up on 2000 acre mixed-use cereal crop (wheat, sunflowers, sorghum, chickpeas) and livestock (sheep, cattle, pigs, geese) farm in Australia. Meg has been farming oysters for past 5 years, and was trained at Cornell University Aquaculture Extension SPAT program, and Roger Williams University Applied Aquaculture Certification course and for beekeeping has Montana University Master Beekeeping Certification. Member of New York City Beekeeping Field Studies.