Sean Gargamelli-McCreight

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Benincasa Community - Vision for a Green Monastery
Benincasa Community is...
●  A lay Catholic community committed to: prayer, study, community and action.
●  In 2015, Benincasa Community renovated a vacant convent in the heart of Manhattan to offer
hospitality to individuals in need as well as activists, organizers and students on retreat.
●  Our dedication to innovative lay formation programming has made us a homebase for lay Catholics
seeking a vibrant faith-based community.
●  Since 2015, in preparation for opening a “green monastery”, we have (1) apprenticed and worked at
rural and urban as well as secular and religious farms, (2) operated community supported agriculture programs and soup kitchens using local, organic food, (3) studied the New Cosmology, works of Thomas Berry, sustainable organic and permaculture growing practices, and (4) supported movements for farm worker justice and the protection of land from developers and corporations.
Our vision for a modern green monastery includes...
●  Growing food using organic/permaculture practices for residents and to share w/ neighbors,
●  Restoring and protecting land through trusts and sustainable management efforts,
●  Designing innovative outdoor educational programming to promote right relationship with land, food,
self, others, and God.
●  Providing hospitality to individuals in need and groups on retreat,
●  Maintaining a daily rhythm of prayer and meals, and
●  Creating community with others seeking formation and inclusion in a faith-based setting.
We are looking for...
●  Acreage: 5-50 acres
●  Buildings: Living and meeting space to pray, celebrate, share and build community
●  Agreement: Donation, long-term lease, or purchase
●  Location: East of the Hudson River, within ~75 miles of NYC
●  Accessibility: Easily accessible by train lines/public transit
●  Preservation: Already protected by land trust or potential for protection
●  Partnership: Interested in partnership with college/university, food bank/soup kitchen, religious
community or parish
We believe...
●  While shaped and informed by our Catholic tradition, it is also essential to welcome people from all spiritual paths in order to build an even greater beloved community.
●  By promoting and fostering a way of living that reflects the interconnection and interdependence of all life, we can remember our place in the Earth community.
●  By modeling a vibrant community dedicated to celebrating God’s Love found in Nature, people will recognize, appreciate, and revere the Sacredness incarnate in all of Creation.

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10

Infrastructure required:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:


Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are interested in exploring several options, including direct sale, seller financing, and the possibility of working with a land trust. 

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

Operated a 100 member CSA program for two years in addition to other years of farm work and apprenticeship.