Joshua Passe

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Working on an Certified Naturally Grown vegetable farm for the 2020 season.  Looking for farmland suitable for growing vegetables for Fall 2020 and/or 2021 season.

updated 6/8/2020

Description of marketing method:

Dependent on farm's location.  Options could be plant sale, on-farm store, pick-your-own, market-style CSA, local farmers' markets and restaurants

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

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:

Some infrastructure would be helpful.

Description of buildings required:

Housing on farm for two people and dog would be preferable.  Barns or other buildings for vegetable and equipment storage.

Description of farm equipment required:

Tractor (2x4 or 4x4) with 3 point hitch and PTO with enough horsepower for a chisel plow, rototiller, disc harrow

I do not own any implements.

Description of water access required:

Well or source of running water for drip irrigation, overhead sprinkler, and greenhouse watering

Description of fencing required:

Dependent on deer/animal pressure.  I can purchase a moveable electric fence.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

On farm work experience

Experience description:

Employment on organic mixed vegetable farms

Indian Line Farm, Great Barrington, MA, 2020, field worker and market sales

Good Find Farm, Damascus, PA, 2019, field worker and market sales

    • Greenhouse seeding, transplanting, hoeing, hand weeding, harvesting, washing

    • Manage Wednesday NYC market (every other week) and Saturday local market

    • Setup of Bauer A3 hard hose water reel to irrigate crops

    • 1 of 2 people on 3-1/2 acres

 

Willow Wisp Organic Farm, Damascus, PA, 2018, field worker and market sales (every other Saturday market)

    • Greenhouse seeding, transplanting, tomato pruning and trellising, harvesting, washing, packing

    • Worked cooperatively with crew of 9 to grow, harvest, and market crops to customers

    • Setup and breakdown of market stand, sales, restocking, record keeping, customer service

    • 1 of 10 people on 20 acres

Keith’s Farm, Port Jervis, NY, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, co-management of farm and Saturday NYC market

    • Shared supervision (with Keith) of crew of 6 or 7 workers on 16 acres

    • Greenhouse work, field work, tractor work (John Deere 4040 and model 1600 water wheel transplanter)

    • Assistance with seed and supply orders, NOFA and Greenmarket applications, general planning and organizing

    • Care and maintenance of equipment and supplies

    • Winter markets, weather permitting

 

Lindentree Farm, Lincoln, MA, 2013, field worker and market sales

    • Seeding in greenhouse, field transplanting, hand weeding, field work related to vegetable production

    • Setup of aluminum pipe and drip irrigation and electric deer fencing

    • Harvesting, washing, and preparing vegetables for 200 member CSA and market

    • 1 of 7 people on 15 acres

 

Brook Farm Project, New Paltz, NY, 2012, farmer and market sales

    • Established permanent beds using composted horse bedding and a Millcreek spreader with goal of a no-till farm

    • Grew vegetables for 30 member market-style CSA and sold at the Millbrook and Newburgh Farmers’ Markets

    • Solo on 1-3/4 acres and 21’x96’ high tunnel    

 

Keith’s Farm, Port Jervis, NY, 2009, 2010, 2011, field worker and market sales

    • Seeding in greenhouse or field, transplanting, thinning, weeding, irrigating, deer fencing, harvesting, packing

    • Selling at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC from late May through December

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, University of Maryland at College Park, graduated 1995

    Graphic designer in NYC from 1998–2008

 

References

Erica Madden, owner of Good Find Farm, (570) 224-8013  [email protected]

Greg Swartz, owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm, (570) 982-0050  [email protected]

Keith Stewart, owner of Keith’s Farm, (845) 856-4955  [email protected]