Alicia & Eric Schaefer

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Organic, no-till - as sustainable as possible We are a former small farming couple from Ulster/Greene County who have spent the past 3 years in cannabis and hemp farming/production/sales in Colorado. We are now looking to come back to New York and grow industrial high-quality organic hemp and are looking for 2+ acres to farm. On-site housing a plus but not necessary. Any barns or structures that can be used for drying are a bonus as well (1500+/- SF). Hardworking couple with creativity, open to all situations.

Description of marketing method:

Extensive social media experience. Our last farm venture was a result of a Pepsi Refresh Grant that we won via the use of social media which also resulted in my speaking on a public panel on the topic of Small Towns using Social Media for funding. Website/social media presence will be active as well as working with others looking to expand the presence and awareness of industrial hemp (and it's benefits) in NYS. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

Industrial hemp for CBD, licensed through NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are open to many different arrangements. If landowner has equipment or housing that can be used as part of a partnership or trade agreement of some sort, we are open to just about any situation.

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Farm owner, On farm work experience

Experience description:

As a couple, we had a small family farm in Greene County for 2 years producing a small amount of vegetables as well as raising chickens for eggs and tapping our trees for maple syrup. We also had a small horse rescue and goat/home dairy.  Three years ago we moved to Colorado and I (Alicia) started working for a cannabis dispensary with a 10,000 SF indoor grow. Licensed by the State of Colorado, I managed the retail store as well as coordination/administration of METRC for the grow (government tracking software for all cannabis in the state.) My husband (Eric) spent the past two years running a small cannabis grow and has since partnered to help a large-scale hemp/CBD crop get off the ground for the 2019 season, providing the plans and instructions for planting about 8,000 plants on 4 acres.