Alfredo Alcántara

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My wife and I live in Brooklyn, and we both have a background in film and documentary production. However, our dream is to farm native species of American grapes, and in doing so, experiment with creating new market opportunities for natural wine. Ultimately, we would like to make fine wine that's sustainably-grown, unique to its place, and fermented with as little intervention as possible. We believe there is great potential in placing value in this country's amazing––and nearly lost––varieties of wild, and hybrid grape varieties. 

We are currently developing a business plan through a series of Cornell Small Farms Program online courses. We're also taking a crop management intensive course at the Stone Barns Center, and always  looking for othe opportunities to learn sustainable farming practices. 

We would like to search for land primarily in the Catskills or Hudson Valley region. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Chenango
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
  • Southern Tier
    • Broome

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Some storage areas would be preferred. This storage area should have the potential to be turned into a shop/tasting room or be useable for storage and fermentation equipment.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Description of livestock/crops:

Grapes-unique and native varieties

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

During high-school years in Colorado, worked four summers at a Colorado cattle and bison ranch.