Russell Wallack

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am a chestnut farmer with a 20 acre orchard in Johnsonville, NY. I am looking for more land (cleared-land only, and at least 10 acres) on which I can plant more hybrid chestnut trees. I currently have a revenue share agreement with a landowner on a 30-year lease. I am interested in using this model elsewhere, but I will consider other lease options. I will not consider lease agreements shorter than 25 years given the time-to-yield of chestnut trees. I am open to shared land-use strategies such as alley-cropping cut flowers or hay between rows of trees, or strip-grazed silvopasture in the alleys. Looking forward to working with you!
 
Note: Chestnut trees do not tolerate alkiline soils or wet feet. Sandy soils are preferable for chestnut planting.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of water access required:

Minimal water needs, but access to a spigot for orchard establishment is needed.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

I am looking for land to grow hybrid chestnut trees for nut production.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I currently have a revenue share agreement with a landowner on a 30-year lease. I am interested in using this model elsewhere. I will not conisder lease agreements shorter than 25 years given the time-to-yield of chestnut trees.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner