Louis Dalessandro

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Currently raising cattle on 43 acres in southern Dutchess County. Currently raising a small herd of livestock, but have Have been leasing land for over 10 years and am ready to find property to be able to run my own business on. Ideally looking for land over 70 acres in either Dutchess or Columbia County. Would consider leasing land again as long as a long term situation could be agreed upon. 

Description of marketing method:

We go to the terry town farmers market 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Orange
    • Putnam

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

We have a small heard of livestock that consistents of beef cattle, pigs, and chickens. I have a small high tunnel where I grow tomatoes for early sale. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I am looking for land to buy or an assistance program of a rent to own.  

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

I was raised in North Salem, NY. I began my career at eleven years old with an after-school job on a neighboring farm. I eventually went out on my own, at first growing only corn, and then expanding to multiple varieties of produce.  I have had my own farm for about 8-10 year.