Holly Dickinson

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am a beekeeper (apprenticed/educated through Mastersons) and certified artisan cheesemaker (Univeristy of Vermont) looking to purchase farmland to start an apiary, orchard, and sheep farm. I expect to be purchasing within the next 3 to 5 years (2022-2024).

Description of marketing method:

I am still in the early stages, as I don't plan to purchase for a few years yet.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Finger Lakes
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Niagara
    • Ontario
    • Orleans
    • Seneca
    • Wayne
    • Wyoming
    • Yates

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

I'd prefer that outbuildings and fencing be included, but its not necessary.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Fruits, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

Orchards fruits (apple, European plum, quince). Possibly cane berries as well.

Sheep for dairy (wool is a bonus).

Bees (honey, hive-based products).

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

Formal education in cheesemaking. Current experience as a beekeeper.