Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:2-5
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Vision and goals –
Our shared vision is to combine our various backgrounds and knowledge base to build a sustainable farm which will serve as the head quarters for the development of various businesses. Our eventual goal is to create a community setting where visitors can learn about sustainable agriculture, permaculture , natural living , arts , yoga etc. An educational platform is something that we are all interested in building, we all have various skill sets that we would love to share with the world.
To accomplish these goals, we will in turn utilize the property to build businesses that will benefit the local communities as well as serve as an advertisement for the property itself. These businesses will include.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices- We would be buying organic produce to start until we can supplement with our farm grown, this would all come from local distributors. ( a portion of product will be donated to local first responders and medical staff ).
Fermented food products – Expertise in preserving food in the most natural way possible to increase nutrient bio-availability and gut health. ( Fermented micro-greens as a super food for example ).
Compost/ soil – Using Korean natural farming techniques , vermin-culture and sustainable practices , we will be able to produce organic compost and soil using organic matter found on site , as well as carefully selected waste from local businesses.
Organic produce – Using permiculture, food forest techniques, we will be able to produce an abundance of fresh produce year round , this produce will be sold via delivery , used in juice , farm stand and whole sale to local vendors. We will also grow specialty crops like micro-greens and herbs that have an extremely high return on investment. ( Micro – greens sell for $5-20 per lb and can be harvested every week / 2 weeks , a small greenhouse has the potential of $10k per month. )
Hemp – Organic hemp could be extracted and used to produce CBD products, bio-mass converted into building materials and or food for humans and animals alike. CBD is a high profit commodity, and we would have a direct avenue of sales for anything we produce. (One of the owners is also part owner of a CBD manufacturing company). We can produce clones, seeds and bio-mass on site and the extracts and finished goods can be produced at our partner facilities. 1 acre of hemp when properly cultivated should net $50-100k in profit. Having a plot designated, or one/two greenhouses harvesting hemp year round would yield a substantial profit alone.
Coffee – Roasting of coffee using traditional small batch methods, we would be able to offer the community with sustainably grown, organic coffee roasted by hand. Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world , everyone loves a good cup of Joe.
Description of marketing method:
We have online marketing strategies. Video production on the land. Art and music as well as the products we produce will all advertise for our business.
Does this farmer have a business plan?Yes
- Adirondack Region
- Capital Area
- Finger Lakes
- Hudson Valley
- Long Island
- Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
- Saint Lawrence
- Southern Tier
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Farm equipment, Water access, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops
Tenure options desired:Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
Partnership proposal –
As previously mentioned our goal is to trade our sweat equity, expertise in various fields, improve upon the property as well as profit sharing in return for the opportunity to stay and work at this property and use it as a template for future ventures. We would love to bring to fruition our shared goal of creating a positive impact on not only the land, but also the community and world.
Our ideal situation would be to exchange our work for rent, or reduced rent for a period of time until we get our bearings and start bringing in some income. We expect that we can start bringing in profit within the first 2-3 months via micro-greens, juices, cannabis, coffee and fermented foods. Originally, we would have Igal, Anna, Raphiel, Gabriella and Joshua as residents of the property. Josie would be splitting her time with us. From this core group, we would have other consultants and workers join us, such as Aidan, Aya , Kevin and our Architectural partners. This would be one at a time so that we can offer proper accommodations.
A trial period can be established in which, if we do not meet your expectations we will agree to part ways, no hard feelings. But if given the chance, we believe that not only will we meet those expectations, but far exceed them, due to our drive to be successful with this opportunity.
We can set milestones for us to meet in regard to financial responsibility as well as property development. We want to make sure that we are meeting all of your expectations, and would like to set up a contractual agreement so that you know we will be accountable for our promises. Our goal is to form a lasting partnership that we can all benefit from, including future generations.
If this proposal is acceptable to you , we would love to come as a group to meet and tour the property. Assuming everything is approved we would like to move in and start work May 1st or as soon as possible. This will allow us to get started planting and on track for the growing season. We would begin preparing soil as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and we hope we can build something beautiful together!
Please give us a call when you have gotten a chance to review this proposal, we are eagerly awaiting your thoughts.
Property improvement –
Hugelculture mounds – Hugelculture mounds could be dug to provide erosion barriers/ sustainable farming plots by using dead standing timber.
Permiculture food forest that will last for generations.
Traditional Swedish woodfire saunas – A perfect way to boost your health year round , detoxing the body.
Eventual additions to accommodation for guests - (Using sustainable materials, some of which could be produced on site, as a model to further the educational value of the property). Hemp, cob and sustainable greenhouse/home structures may be erected.
We have partnered with a local New England architectural engineering company that specializes in sustainable housing. This will allow us to build sustainable living at reduced cost, and again, adding to the properties educational value.
As part of our partnership, we want to make sure that our goals are in line with your own, and also ensure that we are meeting goals that you have in mind, financially as well as milestones for the property. We would like you to give us an outline of goals you have for the property.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Unsure
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop, Other
Personal farming experiance.
Multiple technical consultants on staff.
Resumes/ Referals –
Anna Shapiro- Resident equity owner
Oleg Shapiro – Resident equity owner
A small family with lots of experience in the organic food industry. I have created menus for health cafes and worked as a macrobiotic chef for 5 years. In the past 2 years I have been studying electronic engineering and off the grid technology. Our ideal way of living would be in harmony with nature with just the right touch of technology to improve nature and our wonderful four season climates. Our family is small but everyone has very big dreams. We hope to inspire people through our way of living by creating music, art and food for people to enjoy and brighter the spirits. As a kid I grew up off the grid without any electricity or running water and although I want my kids to experience that as well I would love for them to also have a chance to live in balance with nature/ technology and learn how that stuff on the plate comes to their stomach. Hopefully they can find the same appreciation for the process of life as I do.
M. A. Child phycologist and long time friend.
Polymath Consultant for Super Distros
VP at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Joshua Jordan- Resident equity owner
My main goal in life is to leave this planet better off than when I got here. Focusing on education, refining sustainable farming and business practices as well as community involvement, I believe, is how I accomplish that goal. My experience mainly lies in the hemp industry, but my knowledge base extents into permiculture , organic practices , business management , food/beverage / topical chemistry as well as other interests I have pursued in hopes of eventually putting them into action on a farm like this.
Co-founder / Head of sales and strategic partner ships – Grams Distribution LLC
2.5-3 years , duties include –
Sales (domestic as well as international)
Strategic partnership development
Managerial duties such as sales team training.
Shipping and receiving (domestic / international)
Formulation consultation in the beverage, food, nutricuetcial and cosmetic/topical industries.( Launched nationally distributed products)
Practice GMP record keeping
Mark Sweeney – Department of labor and Training RI
Heather Piazik – ASL interpreter for the state of RI
Ryan Hall – NASA engineer
Rob Polonsky – Business Partner
Josephine Dunn – Equity partner.
My name is Josephine Dunn, I currently live in Sebago Maine with my wonderful daughters, Fay and Inga. Growing up, my mother taught me all that she knew about gardening and I have kept up her tradition for over 20 years. I am highly committed to bringing up a generation of youth that will not have to recover from their childhood, and give them a solid foundation they can flourish from. My goals are to create a learning space for children where they can learn about nature, animals and how to live with love for all. I believe that children should be well versed in not only the current curriculum, but also enriched with values that will ensure a bright future for all. I am currently involved in sustainable living projects, creating templates for success for others to learn from. While I would not be living on the property full time , I would love to partner and offer my services, I will be splitting my time between this property and my current sustainable housing project.
Over 20 years of gardening experience.