Amara Ullauri

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My name is Amara, I use they/them pronouns. I am seeking land and collaborators to cultivate a healing herbs cooperative farm centering Black and Indigenous ecological stewardship practices and healing traditions. I completed Grow NYCs Farm Beginnings course to develop my business plan. Im interested in three main enterprises: production (medicinal herbs), a community supported apothecary, and public education. Would like farmland that has been farmed organically or can be organic. Looking to steward this land using low-till and climate adapative strategies. 

Description of marketing method:

sliding scale community supported apothecary wholesale and retail dried herbs

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Would like on site housing for the farm crew to live and work in, also to have communal space to offer workshops and gatherings.  Ideal but not required: Propagation house, high tunnels for processing and drying herbs, dry storage for seed and storing bulk herbs, storage for tools and amendments.   

Description of water access required:

Minimum 40 psi for overhead and drip irrigation ideal: pond, well water, town water hookup

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

Will focus on producing a veriety of annual herbs and perennial crops that will be harvested and preserved for plant-based medicine. Grown in 1/8 acre test plots for first 1-3 years to establish markets.     

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I am looking for properties that are available for rent-to-own or for purchasing. 

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 am a food justice educator and farmer currently working at Rocksteady Farm and Flowers. Previously I was teaching at KCC Urban Farm in Brooklyn NY. I facilitate earth-based lessons that celebrate ancestral foodways, black and indigenous technologies and community resilience. I have six years of organic urban farm experience.