Carlos García

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Farming have been part of my life since I was born in a farm in Cartago, Colombia. I have extensive experience in horticulture. 

Now I would like to lease land to start Cartago Valle Farm in New York. We will grow diversified vegetables (5-6 types) and will raise layers and broilers.

Description of marketing method:

We are planning to sell in farmers markets in the New York City, and to Latinx owned restaurants in the Hudson Valley. 

We are applying to be part of La Nueva Siembra program run by GrowNYC.  

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

6-10

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Part of my business plan includes layers and broilers as enterprises. If possible, I would like to have infrasture available for poultry, or have the opportunity to built it. 

We also would like to built high tunnels on the land over time. Probably two hightunnels for season extension  (30*72). 

Description of buildings required:

 

 

Description of water access required:

We need water for crop irrigation (3-4 acres) and to raise the birds. We can work with water from wells or ponds. 

Description of fencing required:

We would love to have either access or the opportunity to built a deer fence to protect our crops

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Primary Livestock:

Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Our business plan includes heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, cucumbers, sweet corn, carrots. Additionally, 150-200 chicken broilers and 50 chicken layers.   

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership

Description of tenure options desired:

We are planning to lease for at least three to five years. Our long term goal is to own land.  

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

On farm work experience