Joyce Henion

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My farm has been producing goat milk cheeses for nearly 20 years. My daughter would like to be the second generation to own the farm and business so we are looking to grow and expand our product line on a larger property.

Description of marketing method:

We have moved toward wholesale over the past several years with some direct marketing at farmers markets and festivals as well as on farm sales. We also offer workshops and farm tours

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, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

Value added dairy has very specific infrastructure requirements that can be met in several creative ways. Otherwise secure housing for dairy goats with clean water and land to browse are needed. We also require on farm housing as we are hands on with our goats 24/7/365 as needed

Description of water access required:

Water for livestock as well as potable water for dairy production

Description of fencing required:

Sturdy fencing is a must with goats who like to climb

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep

Description of livestock/crops:

Goat milk for value added production of cheese and other products

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

The infrastructure required for dairy production and cheesemaking is specialized but we have the experience to use creative and effective methods to meet these requirements

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner

Experience description:

I have owned and operated the farm since 2003 and accomplished steady growth throughout that period including overcoming some difficult hurtles. Prior to farming I worked in both clinical and administrative positions in healthcare,