Cris L

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Basic homesteading on 10 years. Boarding our companion horse at nearby farm. Active Master Gardener ~ 7 years: Interests include invasive species recognition and education; soil ecology; riparian buffer zones; native species (flora and fauna); birdscaping; wildlife habitats. History enthusiast. Aspire to accommodate our horse, expand homesteading practices, possibly erect a greenhouse and develop an agritourism business. 

Description of marketing method:

No direct marketing method developed for a specific business--have only sought education and experience in the community, as I do not own a farm (see below).

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Washington

Desired acreage:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Retired Paso Fino (boarded); small poultry flock. Basic homesteading: Small apple orchard (several varities), cherries, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries,  vegetables/kitchen garden. Perennials, annuals, ecosystem gardening for wildlife and birdscaping. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Additional Information

Experience description:

Have participated in Beginning Farmer Courses through Cornell's Small Farms Program and Farm Commons, Small & Beginning Farmer Funding classes and financial workshops to gain insight and education. Have attended many seminars, classes, meetings and webinars for beginning farmers, horticulture, garden and soil ecology, integrated pest management, invasive and native species, biodynamic and organic farming, dredging impacts, GMO's, glyphosate, industrial hemp, etc...Saratoga County Master Gardener and continue education and insight through active participation in the program. Participated in the Arbor Day Hazelnut Project, Cornell's trial garden program and renovated, redesigned, installed and maintained the summer kitchen garden for Saratoga EOC Soup Kitchen, hospice garden and many other projects...