Leslie Salka

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of marketing method:

I have existing work in large scale event installation/fabrications now transitioning to simpler lifestyle - farmsteading for income and stability as well as to expand into flower farming, specialty farm goods and online presence that also works with other local makers & farms so that the overall benefit is seen in the local community.  

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • 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
  • Western
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Niagara
    • Orleans
    • Wyoming

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Seeking a workshop/barn/storage for various uses.

ON site ]'housing' not necessary year round;  seasonally intend & can live in vintage camper on property.

Part of our work is restoring vintage campers for photo booths, as well as future farm camping opportunities that would hopefully be possible on land leased or in partnership with existing farm business or collective for sources of produce & local fresh market presence. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:


Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Prefer lease or tenure arrangement that suits all parties, willing to negotiate short term and renegotiate following one year but, Seeking a way to establish and grow permanent working situation that allows for creative freedom to maximize potential for several ideas celebrating local NY.  


Additional Information

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


Experience & education:


Experience description:

I have no large scale farming experience, however I have had several large home gardens and am familiar with sustainable agricultural practices, prefer organic.  willing to learn, not a stranger to physical work. interested in small scale floral farming for events, local CSA, workshops, etc

would rely on the current farmer to remain as partner or as short term guide for best practices on your land & conservation...

I have studied art & english primarily through second year college.  Then worked in the travel industry briefly before 15 years in the printing industry, from customer service through operations management, procurement, contract negotiations. Since 2004 have been self employed in decorative arts (limestone plasters, architectural finishes) and most recently as director of design & production for seasonal events at conservatories & public gardens.  Ive also aoprenticed for several years (seasonally) with a floral shop on Long Island.  

I am a resident of Long Island but seek to live my next chapter in the Catskill region. My husband and I work together currently.  He is well skilled in electronics, engines  - repairing nearly any mechanical item that requires maintenance or repair.  Hard working, resourceful.  He has been previously employed as pipe fitter, marine engine technician, UPS driver, currently self employed.