Cindy Reiter

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Some associates and I are interested in creating an equine facility in Ulster County that will eventually become a not for profit.  The purpose of the property will be to provide and equine experience for the at risk population, including recovering addicts, abuse victims, autistic children and adults, slave traffic victims etc.  We have personally seen, first hand, what the equine environment can do for this population with regard to their road to recovery from past events and traumas.  

Description of marketing method:

We are in the process of writing our business plan and are reaching out to a variety of resources for information.  We would have some paying clients but the vast majority of our funding will come from fundraisers and grants.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Our ideal facility has approximately 20 to 30 stalls and an indoor arena.  We understand that this is not usual and commonplace and would consider any facility that could possibly be converted to this set up.  At 3 houses on property would be ideal but are not necessary.

Description of farm equipment required:

Tractor with plow, drag, mower.  Depending on the property we might have someone come in and cut and bale hay for us and we would move the bales store on site.

Description of water access required:

We need suitable water for a horse farm.

Description of fencing required:

Fencing suitable for a horse farm or relatively easily upgraded to a horse farm.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay

Primary Livestock:

Equine

Description of livestock/crops:

We would eventually have around 20 horses.  Part of our project would be for profit and part would be not for profit (this has been shown to be a viable approach by The Southlands Foundation.  

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership

Description of tenure options desired:

We are in the beginning stages of this venture.  We will entertain all approaches although ideally a lease with someone who would like to participate in the NFP would be ideal.  

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

There are 4 of us involved.  1 is a local dressage trainer (35+ years in business), 1 is a recovering addict currently benefiting from the equine experience, 1 is a young person who is in school pursuing their teaching degree and 1 is a person who has been both a teacher and business person (product manager, marketing) with an MBA.   We have one person we work with who has previously helped create an NFP, written grants and has done fundraising.