Aamir Zainulabadeen

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I grew up in Rochester, NY. I am a software engineer with some capital on hand and would like to invest in land to start a regenerative farming cooperative. I have been learning about Permaculture and am seeking a partnership as I will be staying in my full time job (software) to pay off the loan on the land. I am also interested in rainwater capture, sustainable building, sustainable grazing, and sustainable forestry. My goal is not to make a profit -- it is to increase biodiversity and provide food for the community. I would also like to focus on closing all pollutive loops. At this point in time I am capable of taking on up to $100,000.00 loan for land and am open to negotiating on the terms of the stewardship.

Description of marketing method:

I have little experience in this area.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Finger Lakes
    • Cayuga
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Ontario
    • Seneca
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins
    • Wayne
    • Yates
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Saint Lawrence
  • Western
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Niagara
    • Orleans
    • Wyoming

Desired acreage:

51-100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Farm equipment

Description of infrastructure:

At this point in time I am considering properties with no existing infrastructure. I am looking for properties that are proximal to water, on a gentle grade (for rainwater harvesting), and are a mixture of clear grassland and woodland. I hope to prototype sustainable building structures with future coop members. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

The goal is to make a system with negative entropy. We will need to manage energy, water, flora, and wildlife populations in a way that sets up mutually beneficial relationships. I do not expect to make a profit in the near term from this venture.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I would like to make the land purchase and back the loan. I think to start the members would lease the property at a low rate with a path for full stake in the coop.

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Other

Experience description:

I am a student of Permaculture and am worried about sustainable production amidst a changing climate.