Jakob Berger

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:


Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Have been working full time for 10 years on a conventional agricultural farm. Looking to transition from employment in order to pursue running my own farm. My operation will be sustainable and grass-based. I will raise a variety of livestock using this method. My focus will be on poultry and hogs intially, but I will then expand operations to other large ruminants. Ideally would like to be in the eastern part of NYS with my main focus on the Capital Area. Grass-fed does require a larger piece of property so I am looking for land to lease over 50 acres.

Description of marketing method:

In progress

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Warren
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Central
    • Otsego
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

Water access via well or other means is the main infrastructure required. Electric would be also be ideal. 

Description of water access required:

Water well(s) will definitely work. However, surface water or ability to develop surface water highly desireable.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:


Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Initial production focus would be on quick return products such as pastured poultry and hogs. With a long term goal of incorporating small and large ruminants into the operation.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Open to a lease or other non-traditional arrangement. Not intersted in a initial purchase at this time, but may consider long term lease with option to purchase. 

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Natural Resource degree from Oregon State University.

10 years of experience in conventional agriculture which has taught me about finance, economy of scale, mechanics, practical real-world experience.