Emma Turner

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have been working as an organic farmer for the past five years at three different farms in the American Northeast and over 10 farms internationally. This is my third year of living and working at Stone’s Throw Farm in Sagaponack. We grow mostly vegetables, flowers, blueberries, and eggs (duck and chicken). I started a small mushroom production project here as well, specifically oak grown shiitakes. We sell to restaurants and have a CSA. Every year I’ve farmed, I’ve traveled during the winter to a tropical country and worked at farms during my trip. My tropical plant management education has been shaped by these experiences.

My dream is to bring tropical fruit production to the Northeast through the power of geothermal heating. The mission is also to serve as an educational model that raises awareness about renewable resources, lowering our ecological footprint by bringing tropical fruit into our own backyard, and creating excitement around future food and green engineering. I have a business plan and advisors who have a similar project in Nebraska.

Description of marketing method:

From speaking with chefs, I know they would pay premium prices to feature local tropical produce on their menus. High demand also exists in wholesale and retail markets since minimal tropical produce is offered in the Northeast. This novelty makes it even more thrilling because the business wouldn’t be stepping on anyone’s toes and would be creating a new niche market. I would also preserve some of my produce and create value added items.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

I would supply the infastructure though contributions/ investments/ donations are welcome. 

Description of water access required:

A well and pump desirable

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

My geothermal greenhouse would follow organic, permaculture principles as well as indigenous gardening techniques that focus on maximizing crop biodiversity, which will foster diversity in soil’s microbiome. His kit greenhouses are 17 feet wide by 100 feet long. This allows for 20-24 trees inside with an 8 ft growing circumference. All the trees would be purchased as dwarf varieties that are 3-5 year old specimens to ensure a quicker production timeline. The trees I would plant would include finger lime, soursop, lychees, avocado, Meyers lemon, fig, banana, papaya, date, coconut, guava, jackfruit, and Rangpur lime. Other vegetation would include vines (passionfruit, loofah) and an understory of plants such as ginger, sugar cane, turmeric, pineapple, taro, yucca, yams, peanut, and more. I would like to grow mushrooms as well both tropical ones inside the greenhouse and temperate strains such as shiitake and oyster outdoors.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Open to discussion

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

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