Maura Flanagan

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Currently I run Bed Stuy Fresh in Brooklyn through my job as a vocational physics teacher in the NYCDOE. We had 6,000 sq feet of food production that is closing down due to a new park this fall. That space provided for a 20 person CSA, a food equity program, and a low cost market. We have 3 outside perennial native gardens for people to enjoy and are opening a 4th at a new site. We run 4 indoor hydroponic growing systems. I am interested in buying state upland and over a few years Transition upstate full time. My partner is a chef / butcher. 

Description of marketing method:

Focused on finished food product opposed to raw veggies. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

Minimum some cleared/ semi cleared space with utilities. Hoping for some barn space also. Everything else is a plus.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Hoping to start with chickens and expand.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Would prefer to buy. If a mortgage is not okay with buyer a lease to own situation or something similar. I am open. 

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

My education only comes from the many classes I’ve taken over the last decade. I’ve managed and grown bed stuy fresh for a few beds to a much larger operation with more diverse growing.