Alison Parker

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We had our own organic farming business (CSA and market) in Illinois for a little over 10 years on rented land.   Our last year farming on the property, a lease was offered to us by them, one which we felt was unsustainable for our business.  We declined signing that lease and decided to look for a more permanent, stable farm for us to be at.  We decided on New York since it is close to family and we have a lot of good friends in the state.  Our still-active business website is www.radicalrootfarm.com for more information about us.

Description of marketing method:

We had done plenty of social media advertising, as well as word-of-mouth and making connections in our last business.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of water access required:

Good well preferred.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

Ducks for eggs and meat, possibly.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

We are hoping to buy a property.  (Purchase or lease-to-own, etc.)

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

Before running our own farm, we had interned, worked and managed farms.  We have an educational background in organic growing, permaculture and medicinal herb growing.