Bennett Sippel

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Currently working full time at Tributary Vegtable Farm, I am ultimartely interested in operating a multi-species regernative livestock farm utilizing intentive management rotational grazing. I am a big believer in the power of regnerative agriculture to heal our communities, our land and human health. 

Description of marketing method:

We plan on creating a "Nourishment" CSA, in which we distrubite shares of; raw milk, eggs and meat products. We will establish a website and customer base through our current connections to the health-oriented communities in Waldorf schools and others. We believe an operation like ours would be a great opprotunity for agritourism to expand our income and customer base, but it is not essential that the land is open to the public. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of buildings required:

A small barn 

Description of water access required:

A well or onsite stream to create gravity fed system would be ideal. But, I am also open to hooking up to public water. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

I am just beginning to build our livestock, at Tributary with pasture-raised laying hens. However, with the right property I am prepared to invest in a cow/calve operation and then, begin to integrate pigs and sheep into the grazing rotation. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I am interested in a lease that would provide us with ample time to build our herds, ideally at least a 5-year lease. Otherwise, I would also discuss buying land in the right circumstances. 

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

I have had cattle care exposure thorughout my childhood, my adult life has brought me to two full season of vegtables farming experience as well as, small scale poultry.