Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:2-5
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I have been living at Bluestone Farm and Living Arts Center, a property owned by the Community of the Holy Spirit, an Episcopal order of Sisters since 5/25/2018. This farm practices biodynamic farming and though not certified organic, uses organic practices. They grow peaches, paupau, apples, pears, vegetables, berries. They kept a Jersey cow before I came but she had passed away. I brought 3 Alpine dairy goats and their kids as a replacement for the cow. I milk twice daily and make chevre, panir, ricotta, queso Blanco, Gouda, Greek and regular yogurt and feta. I buy grain from a local, non-GMO mill and buy hay from a local farmer. We do not have enough acreage here to get a farmer to bale. In addition to caring for the goats I help with distilling and wine making. I have been raising goats since 2011 and had a vegetable garden at my West Nyack home of 1&1/3 acres.
Description of marketing method:
We operate an on-site farm market that is self-serve and open 24 hours.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Hudson Valley
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10, 11-20
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
Goat fencing, run in shed, loafing barn, hay storage, water, dairy or facilities that qualify for a raw dairy opperation and cheese production. Refrigeration.
Description of buildings required:
Dairy or room suitable for with hand washing sink, triple bay as sink and electric for refrigeration. Cheese-making kitchen desired. Barn, run-in sheds, hay storage, elevator for hay storage if loft. Apartment on site.
Description of water access required:
Freeze proof hydrants for goat watering
Description of fencing required:
No-climb horse fencing or cattle panels at least 4 ' high, possibly high tensile electric fencing with enough strands. Rotational grazing desired.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Hay
Primary Livestock:Goats/Sheep, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Have experience with dairy goats, meat chickens and rabbits, layers. Some vegetables, some fruit. Herbs and essential oils.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
Partnership. Educational and internships/farm companion possibilities to work in partnership with.
Experience & education:On farm work experience
Have lived on a biodynamic farm with people who love the Earth and want to make a contribution to connecting people with the land and with the life community we depend on. I want to continue building these connections in community.