Cassandra Cronin

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am currently apprenticing at Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, NY, building a strong, solid base in order to be practically prepared to start my own farm next year. Prior to this apprenticeship, I was urban farming in New York City, where I also took the Grow NYC Farm Roots beginning farmers course. My vision is for a small scale (1-5 acre) diversified vegetable, herb, and flower farm collective. I hope to collaborate with other worker-owners with an anti-capitalist, food sovereignty mission. I also hope, as a secondary endeavor, to diversify income streams and be holistically fullfilled by using the farm space as an arts venue as well. 

Description of marketing method:

On site farm stand, CSA, PYO, wholesale to grocery co-ops or food hubs 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • Kings (Brooklyn)
    • New York (Manhattan)
    • Richmond (Staten Island)

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10

Infrastructure required:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Ornamentals

Description of livestock/crops:

Diversified vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Mostly annuals, some perennials.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Ideally, I would like a 99 year ground lease on land part of a community land trust / agrarian trust. I am also open to exploring leasing, owning, or other partnerships. 

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

I have a B.S. in environmental science and hispanic studies. For 2.5 years after university I worked on urban farms in NYC, operating at a one acre scale and conducting farm education for school children and the general public. During this time I attended many conferences, workshops, and trainings on sustainable agriculture and food justice. I also completed the Grow NYC Farm Roots course. This season,  I am a farm apprentice at Sisters Hill Farm in the Hudson Valley.