Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:6-10
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
My husband and I grow vegetables, and raise chickens, ducks, geese, and goats on a small farm. We sell at two farmers markets year round, and additional summer markets. We are looking to expand our operation through acquisition of additional land. We practice regenerative agriculture methods of no-till farming, rotational grazing, and rely on animals to produce the bulk of our fertilizer.
Description of marketing method:
We do direct sales via farmers markets, building our customer base through one-on-one relational exchanges. We also promote our farm via Facebook and Instagram.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Adirondack Region
- Capital Area
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 21-50
Infrastructure required:Water access, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
Access to water and electricity are basic necessities. Housing and barns are desirable additions, if in good condition.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits
Primary Livestock:Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Goats: French Alpine, primarily
Pigs: We do not raise currently but would consider in the future
Poultry: Heritage breed chickens and Red Rangers for meat and eggs; white Muscovie ducks for meat and eggs; geese for eggs.
Crops: Lettuce, kale, collards, Swiss chard, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onions, shallots, potatoes, turnips, squash, carrots, rhubarb, beans corn.
Tenure options desired:For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
We would like to purchase land. We have outgrown our present location, and in order to grow, we need to acquire more land.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Unsure
Experience & education:Farm owner, On farm work experience
Our farm experience has come through running our own farm since 2012. We started growing vegetables, and then raising chickens. We then added goats, and shortly thereafter ducks, and ultimately geese. When we began direct sales via farmers markets, our goal was to grow our business at a slow sustainable rate. We sold only at one seasonal market from 2015-18, and joined a second year-round market in 2018-19. We added a second year-round market in 2019-20. We continue to educate ourselves via books, articles on best practices for small farmers, and our own trial and error approach.