Luke McDermott

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:


Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I grew up in the Hudson Valley region and spent my younger years working on various farms in the area. I went to college for Culinary Arts and that experience made me really embrace local, quality food. After college I traveled to Hawaii where I managed and designed a 7 acre tropical fruit farm. Afterwards I spent time on the West Coast managing a few smaller acreage farms out there. This all led me back to where I was raised and showed me what a truly unique place this is. My plan is to work towards growing food here in the Hudson Valley, year round, through techniques I've learned over the years. Also incorporating more exotic crops, that haven't reached our valley in terms of production quite yet. I believe I have a unique skill set and a foundational knowledge of what will grow well and in turn sell well in the market place.

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:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Ideally I would like a greenhouse on site, with a heat source and electric.

Description of water access required:

Well water with good pressure for irrigation.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Hay

Primary Livestock:


Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

On farm work experience

Experience description:

I have multiple years of experience managing small scale farming operations.