Farming Status and Plans
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Currently, maintain a college demonstration gardens that features regenerative agricultural practices. We raise, vegetables and flowers. In the past, I have had numerous production experiences with vegetables, grapes and flowers. Would like to establish a family operation that features local produce and cut flowers along with fresh eggs and possibly goats. This would be a family business (spouse and 3 kids). Kids would like to have horses, goats, rabbits, and chickens for 4H/FFA projects.
Description of marketing method:
Local farmers markets and stands. Location would impact the sort of product sales/marketing activities advanced.
Does this farmer have a business plan?No
- Hudson Valley
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access
Description of buildings required:
Would like to have barn(s) available for equipment, supplies, produce, livestock, and storage.
Description of water access required:
Access to water for gardens/flowers. Can be carried as needed.
Description of fencing required:
Would like to have fencing for animals, but could be added as livestock is acquired.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops
Primary Livestock:Cattle - Beef, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Would like to have small animals initially, with the option of adding a horse or two for kids. Mainly looking at poultry and goats.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
Would like to eventually purchase property, but open to all options that would allow the doors to be open for farming operation. A contract for deed would be preferred.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop
Over 40 years of hands-on agricultural experience. Education: Associates in animal science/ag transfer, BS in Agricultural Marketing, MS in Extension Education (Horticulture/Agriculture/Natural Resources/Youth Development focus) and PhD in Agricultural Education. Served as a County Extension Director for many years, established programs to help farmers start-up operations, owned my own farm and winery, Teach College level Agribusiness Management and extensive organic and value added agriculture experience.
Relocating to Dutchess County and seek a farming operation to raise family and generate additional family income in an field/area we so love (agriculture and local food production).