Greg James

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Biodynamic / Organic Farmer, Agrcultural Consultnat and Trainer,Soil Food Web Consultant, Civil Engineer, Land Surveyor, Forrest Manager and Carpenter. Seeking land in the Lower Hudson Valley Type of farming operation would be dictated by the land being offered as that is one of the premises of Biodynanmics. Ideal situation would have a mix of crop land, pasture land, forrest with existing pond or water source. Existing infastructure is allways helpfull but not a prerequisite ( Barns, Greenhouse, Dwelling, Equipment)  

Description of marketing method:

CSA - Farmers Markets - Direct Sales to Restaurants

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Dutchess
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Hay

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep

Description of livestock/crops:

Livestock The keeping of livestock would be primarily for fertility and polination. At most a few dairy goats and honey bees, Manures would be composted for field application and used in the production of brewed compost tea. The keeping of livestock is not a prerequsite Fertility Management Fertility management would consist of biological soil assessment, the production of Biodynamic / biologically assessed compost, the production and application of brewed compost tea and soil drenches. The production and use of Biodynamic field preparations. Cash Crops Raised Bed Vegetable Production A-Z (5 Acres managed on a 3 year fallow rotation) Small tree orchard and/or shrub orchard Forrest mushroom production Pasture Management Biological soil assessment. Topographic mapping for "Keyline" assessment and "Keyline water conservation plowing. Application of Biodynamic preparations and Biological soil drenches. Rotational grazing and hay.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

Veteran Farmer, Biodynamic Practitioner, Biological Agricultural Consultant,Trainer, Forrest Manager, Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor. Dedicated to the preservation, rejuvenation, and improvement of our nations agricultural and forrest landsand in the development of sustainable food systems. White Feather Organic Farm- Pine Bush NY- Creator, Owner Operator Cropsey Community Farm - Rockland Farm Alliance- Co creator-Farm Manager 250 member CSA operated on public lands Miracle Springs Farm- Columbia County NY-Creator-Consultant- Co-owner. 100 head goat dairy, 40 acre black dirt vegetable operation. NYS Dept of Parks-Civil Engineer-Land Surveyor-Construction Project Manager Siol Food Web Consultant-Ongoing Training Fellowship Community-Pfeiffer Center-Duryea Farm-Chestnut Ridge NY. Year long training in Biodynamics. Co-Worker, Volunteer. Threshold Farm-Columbia County NY-Training in Biodynamic Tree Orchard Management Soons Orchard-Middletown NY- Seasonal pruning of conventional apple orchard Brimstone Hill Winery- Pine bush NY - Seasonal pruning of conventional wine vineyard Blooming Hill Farm- Monroe NY- Seasonal pruning of organic wine vineyard Log House Builders Association of North America- Redmond Washington-Forrest Management-Land Surveying Established Pleasentville Farmers Makket Established Chappaqua Farmers market Established Mt Kisco Farmers Market Marketed in the NYS Green market for over 10 years