Louka L

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of marketing method:

Farm shares, direct-to-consumer. My main market will be education. Students would market products produced beyond their homestead needs. 

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:

11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops

Description of buildings required:

I will be creating a modern homesteading school so I will need housing for students. This could be extant or with the option to have either mobile or stationary tiny houses or some other housing alternative; I don't necessarily need a huge farm house, but could work with that as long as it is livable. Out buildings convertable to simple 3 season housing would be ideal. I'd like to do as little building as possible (have already had that experience). Ideally, farmer housing would be seperate. I'd like to go as off-grid as possible, but plan to work towards that in stages. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

Part tilled (will convert to no till), part woodlot, part orchard are all fine. The intent is to plant food and fuel trees immediately to compensate for what isn't available.
No livestock. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I'd like to work directly with owner on a sale. I bought and sold without a realtor and prefer this transaction method. 

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

I started, built and owned as a sole proprietor https://430west.wordpress.com/35-acre-homestead-maple-operation/
I have an MS in Agriculture Education. I attended the UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program.