Daniel Morales

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am currently in the second year managing a new farm in Columbia County. This has been an ambitous farming project that was created to support a new partner restaurant (fine dining) in NYC. Our first year, 2020, has been a great learning experiencing - gathering new clients, establishing protocols specific to the land, training employees, etc. With the help of the farm crew and numerous other parties (contractors of all sorts), the farm is slated to start 2021 with the same goal of supplying the new restaurant (which is geared to open in 2021, because of the pandemic delays) with year-round produce from the 2 acre market garden (includes 1/3 acre in greenhouses), mushrooms from logs, honey, foraged foods, flowers, and more. The practices I've established are "beyond organic", meaning the farm is taking a lower impact approach now that it's established: reduced/minimal tillage, cover cropping, etc. Everything grown will be planned for with the chef in mind.

Description of marketing method:

I would plan to supply culinary crops (and regular market garden offerings) to a CSA/farmers market customer base in addition to chefs in the area.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

No

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Greene

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Just a roof and some walls in existence would be handy to start!

Description of water access required:

Well or pond

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I am looking to purchase land!

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

On farm work experience

Experience description:

I have worked at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture as an apprentice and at Eliot Coleman's Four Season Farm. I am in my second year managing this new farm.