Alexis Mena

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Currently I am busing 5000sq ft food hub in Brooklyn NY. My intention is to purchase or lease land to grow food so that my team and I can grow food on the land, and them store, package, and deliver the products to the food systems that are most in need ( nursing homes, shelters, and schools) creating a direct impact in hyper local food systems

Description of marketing method:

We have already been working to create relationships with organizations such as Brownsville medicinal services, Trey Whitfield School and other local businesses to sell our produce to directly.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

We intend on creating an Aquaponic system that will allow us to grow catfish, talapia, and possibly crawfish.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

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

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

I grew up farming on a family owned coffee and Coco farm in the Dominican republic. I have also been urban farming in NYC for the past 5 years with organizations such as East New York Farms, Green City Force, and recently graduated from SoulFire Farm's farmer immersion program