Deborah Tankard

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have been a vegetable and flower grower for myself my entire adult life. This year in response to the collapse of my business, secondary to COVID, I began growing Flowers as a source of income.  My business, Woodstock Field to Vase, sold flowers at the Woodstock Farmer's Market and to local restaurants and food markets.  I have been growing on a small plot that is fenced and irrigated and very close to my home.  To have a realistic livelihood, I need access to more growing space and I need access to a hoop house or greenhouse to extend my growing season. I am an organic grower and I need land that gets full sun and is fenced.   I need access to water and electricity.  As part of my business plan, I have enrolled in a 3-month online course this winter which will focus on the business of cut flowers. I own a home in Woodstock so the land and greenhouse/ hoop house would need to be within 30 minutes.  

Description of marketing method:

I am a believer in meeting people to discuss my product and get a sense of their need.  This summer I have made numerous local connections.  I am in the process of developing a website, making business cards, and I have started an Instagram account for Field to Vase.  

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

1-5

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

Water will be critical so I can install drip irrigation in the greenhouse/hoop house.

Description of fencing required:

Since critters love flowers, I would need a deer-proof fence.  

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Ornamentals

Description of livestock/crops:

na

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease

Additional Information

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

No

Experience description:

As mentioned above, I have a life-time of experience as a grower for only myself.  This past season was the first time I have grown flowers to sell.