Roan Forgie

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am a practicing nurse in New York, but I want to purchase or lease land for the sole purpose of cultivating hemp. I currently operate a 15-acre farm in my native Jamaica, where I am cultivating dasheen. My older brother is helping me with the operation of this farm.

Description of marketing method:

This has not yet been finalized.

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:

51-100

Infrastructure required:

Farm equipment, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of farm equipment required:

It would be great if there is access to equipment such as tractors, but not a deal breaker. A greenhouse would be great as well, but not a deal breaker.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

My primary crop would be hemp, but I will consider other crops for crop rotation. One such crop that comes to mind is calaloo.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I would like to weigh my options; leasing/purchasing land. At the moment, I am inclined to prefer leasing, but since this is a long-term goal of mine (farming), I will seriously weigh the pros and cons of purchasing the ideal farm.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience description:

I grew up on a farm in Jamaica, had my own small plot as a teenager, and currently operates a 15-acre parcel, on which I am cultivating dasheen. But I am prepared to volunteer on a farm, attend as many training seminars as possible, and network with as many resource groups as necessary.