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
- Hudson Valley
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
Description of livestock/crops:
Tenure options desired:For Lease
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?No
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.