Frank Smith

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

6-10

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am a certified farm seeker in Virginia and North Carolina. I am also a member of Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and have taken online courses. I also completed The University of Wisconsin at Madison beginning grass farmer course and I am currently studying The Savory Institute holistic management course.

 

Description of marketing method:

Contract production major coop with some direct marketing.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Finger Lakes
    • Cayuga
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Ontario
    • Seneca
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins
    • Wayne
    • Yates
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Saint Lawrence
  • Southern Tier
    • Allegany
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Steuben
    • Tioga
  • Western
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Niagara
    • Orleans
    • Wyoming

Desired acreage:

>100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing

Description of infrastructure:

On farm housing, fencing and water are the most important.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Grains, Hay

Primary Livestock:

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

Description of livestock/crops:

I would like to focus on grass based dairy but I would like to have other complimentary ventures that would help diversify the farm.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Farm internship or any type of learning or transitioning plan would work great.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

University of Wisconsin at Madison beginning grass based farming course Virginia certified farm seeker program North Carolina certified farm seeker program Savory Institute holistic course

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