Charles Butler

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:


Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I was raised farming and ranching, so have always had an appreciation for agriculture. I served several years in the Army and ministry, plus have had other business interests that have kept me mobile for many years, so no chance to settle down and farm. Now that we have settled into the Central New York Region, I feel it is time to return to my roots. I am a member of the National and New York Farmer Veteran Coalition as well as working with Cornell and ATTRA on the Armed to Farm and other educational resources.

My interests are in Sustainable Ag practices in Permaculture, Aquaponics, Hydroponics and many additional leading edge agricultural methods. I am very well experienced in marketing, as I have worked as an executive level marketing director for Fortune 1000 level companies, as well as consulted with companies large and small in their marketing needs. I plan to use several methods to market our farm, including: Homegrown by Heroes branding, CSAs, direct sales to Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Consumers, as well as Social Media.

I would be interested in various manners of farm ownership, from partnerships to leasing or purchase. I am open to offers.

Description of marketing method:

Covered in original comments...CSA, Homegrown by Heroes, Direct Sales, Farmers' Markets, Social Media, etc.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Finger Lakes
    • Cayuga
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Ontario
    • Seneca
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins
    • Wayne
    • Yates
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Saint Lawrence
  • Southern Tier
    • Allegany
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Steuben
    • Tioga

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Covered already. Please see above.

Description of buildings required:

Living quarters, barns, shop, greenhouses (Optional)

Description of water access required:

Enough water to irregate where needed.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

Leafy greens, root veggies, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. Livestock not currently in farm plan, but might add later.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Open to multiple options, or hybrid agreement of two or more tenure options, i.e.: Partnership to sale, Lease with purchase option/agreement. Willing to look at whatever makes sense for both parties. Can qualify for Veteran set aside financing on FSA Farmer/Veteran program after one year of farm management.

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

Raised around farming and ranching, helping my father run his operation. Continuing education through various Cornell programs. Lifelong student.