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
- Capital Area
- Hudson Valley
- Long Island
- New York City
- 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.
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.
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
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.