Levi Balisok

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We are currently raising almost 200 chickens and planning on expanding the flock to 1500 and to add cows all on rotational grazing systems

We are actively looking to lease or a partnership a farm that has sufficient pasture land to hold the chickens, cows ect, on rotational grazing land. We are looking to grow up to an acre of intensive vegetables as a market gardening with hoop house and open fields.

Description of marketing method:

Direct to consumer though a CSA and other methods to sell directly to the end user.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

we are looking to have access to a barn, water, and electric and some small vicales to move things around the farm.

Description of buildings required:

We would need a barn to house the tools, feed, hay and supplies. the cows and chickens will be raised out on the pasture and mobile chicken coops.

Description of farm equipment required:

ATV, UTV, and a small tractors occasionally.

Description of water access required:

We need access to a working well. if there are water lines out to the feld that would be great.

Description of fencing required:

We will need high deer fence around the planting area. The livestock will be fenced with temp electric fencing.  

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Hay

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

We are looking raise meat and egg layer chickens, cows, lamb. We are looking to grow up to an acre of intensive vegetables as a market garden with hoop house and open fields.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

To lease the farm, to form a partnership with farm owner and we are open to other arrangments. 

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farmer training or workshop

Experience description:

We are currently raising almost 200 chickens and have completed a couse on intesive no-till market gardning.