Katie Collins

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My ultimate goal is to Teach Love using the land, by creating space specifically for POC to reconnect to the power of the land that will literally and figuratively feed, protect, and heal communities. I would like to eventually create or become a part of a cooperative land ownership dedicated to teaching and creating self sustaining avenues for POC to bring back to their communities or families. I believe in sustainable methods of farming, organic farming, soil health, and having a deep reverance for the land. Every living thing has a place and purpose on the earth, I believe in honoring this to the best of my ability. I believe we grow better together when we allow the natural flow of life and energy to thrive. I have a few different ideas for funding programs and creating profitable businesses through using the resources available from the land. I am new to farming, but am extremenly dedicated to learning on my own and with others. I am open, willing and able to work with land owners in many different ways. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • Kings (Brooklyn)
    • New York (Manhattan)
    • Richmond (Staten Island)
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Saint Lawrence
  • Southern Tier
    • Allegany
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Steuben
    • Tioga
  • Western
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Niagara
    • Orleans
    • Wyoming

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

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:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop, Other

Experience description:

As Co-Director of "The Sanctuary: Healing Farm and Gardens" in Newburgh, NY I am; •Developing the site in ways that pay homage to the ancestral lineage and original inhabitants of the land. •Implementing perennial polyculture systems, such as agroforestry and permaculture; creating a self-sustained food forest for the community; creating a healthy, thriving biodiverse ecosystem for Crystal Lake’s wildlife. •Cultivating safe, inviting space in collaboration with Crystal Lake’s surrounding community, including but not limited to a youth homeless shelter and public housing project. •Seeding intentional invitation and agency to Newburgh’s BIPOC/ Queer community in a safe, freethinking space, supporting the development of their specific intrests and needs, while teaching sustainable living practices around farming and food. •A portion of the food grown at Crystal Lake will always be designated FREE alongside the food forest. •Creating a just food system by engaging the Newburgh community in survey and service. •Providing jobs for youth through a CSA business model, workshops around creating value added products and services to sell from food/ herbs/ flowers grown on site; bi-monthly youth-led farm-to-table dinners (engaging youth in all aspects including development of the for-profit business model to harvesting; cooking and serving the food). •Programming and workshops designed around native ancestry practices of growing, farming, container gardening, agroforestry and permaculture. ECP Regenerator Apprentice, •Learned regenerative and organic land management practices including; soil health, seeding, transplanting, composting, greenhouse management, cover cropping, irrigation, season extension, pest and disease control. •Participated in workshops promoting food sovereignty, income sovereignty, energy sovereignty and home sovereignty in preparation to build a community healing farm in Newburgh, NY. •Helped manage, harvest, pack, and distribute CSA shares to community members.