Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:2-5
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Currently helping manage an organic orchard/agroforestry operation with CBD hemp, vegetables, and medicinal herbs in northeast PA.
- Apprenticed at Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming (Cold Spring, NY) with 1/2 acre reduced tillage market garden and 5 acres of mechanized reduced tillage of organic vegetables and herbs.
- Organic and biodynamic-style minimum tillage market garden (CSA)
- 20 acre semi-mechanized reduced tillage organic vegetable and herb farm (Union Square Greenmarket).
- Worked across ten shipping container hydroponic farms growing leafy greens and herbs
Endless reader of scholarly articles, books, and educational resources related to health and regenerative/agroecological agriculture (and where the twain meet).
Background in community management, marketing, business development, economic development, wellness, and the arts.
Graduate of GrowNYC's Farm Beginnings / FarmROOTS business training program, as well as the Center for Bioregional Living's Permaculture Design Course (Brooklyn, NY).
Plans and Practices: Create a farm and destination focused on a holistic approach to health (diet, land stewardship, intergenerational community, arts). Emphasis on financial success and climate resiliency/adaptation via ecological management and diverse enterprises (water management, no tillage, synergistic intercropping, windbreaks, many beneficial organism and pollinator habitats, microclimates, blend of annual and perennial crops). Primarily looking to feature CSA, with additional sales to herbalists. Committed to seeking organic certification and exceeding requirements.
Description of marketing method:
Sales to herbalists
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Capital Area
- Finger Lakes
- Hudson Valley
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 21-50
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
Preferably well water with minimal hardness.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops
Description of livestock/crops:
Medicinal and culinary herbs
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
On-site housing (or option to be able to add a new house to site, such as a pre-fabricated house)
Lease to own, for sale (with conservation easement), partnership.
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship
Mik - Agricultural: Apprenticeship on biodynamic-style CSA market garden (with grass-fed cows and free range chickens), field crew on organic 20-acre vegetable and herb farm (selling in Union Square), and current vegetable apprentice at Glynwood. Previously worked across ten hydroponic shipping container farms. Avid reader of in-depth agroecological science, resources, and best practices.
Non-agricultural: Managed musicians, community development, marketing, economic development, event management, partnerships, business development, wellness consulting, and the arts