Nancy Benson

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

6-10

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Looking for a farm with acreage and a home and barns to house our animals.  We are looking for a new home due to outgrowing our current farm situation.  We raise animals and train them for educational purposes.  We raise chickens and sell eggs looking to expand our current egg operation as well as expand into crops, herbs, to sell.  We spent a year working along side a 3rd generation certified organic farmer.  We learned about crops and also how to work soil with Oxen.  We also drive draft horses for carriage rides, weddings and funerals. 

Description of marketing method:

We currently have a clientele which we have built over the past 4 years.  We use social media and word of mouth.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • Kings (Brooklyn)
    • New York (Manhattan)
    • Richmond (Staten Island)

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Looking for pasture for animals as well as the ability to rotate crops.  Any type of buildings would be great too. 

Description of buildings required:

Barns, farmer housing.

Description of water access required:

Well water, pond, for animals and irrigation 

Description of fencing required:

Would be great to have fencing in place but not required.  We have electric and metal livestock panels.  Also willing to build fence. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

We own horses, ponies, rabbits, goats, donkey, dogs and birds.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease

Description of tenure options desired:

Lease with option.  Lease.  

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

We are a farmer couple who have both grown up farming/ranching.  We are looking to expand our current operation.