Mary Beckendorf

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We aquired a small homestead roughly 2 years ago, on which we currenlty practice low till and regenerative agriculture with 7 beef cows and seasonal pasture pigs and pastured broilers. 

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Western
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Niagara
    • Orleans
    • Wyoming

Desired acreage:


Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

We have a home which we would like to be able to stay in for the time being, while we leased a dairy operation and got our footing. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy

Description of livestock/crops:

We are looking to aquire as a couple, a farm which we could operate a dairy operation on with the focus on sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We would be interested in operating a dairy in conjunction with the current owner, sharing the workload, while we got our feet underneath of us.  We would be most interested in a phased buy in program, taking on the least amount of debt as possible. 

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Farm owner, On farm work experience

Experience description:

I (Mary) grew up on a small dairy farm in Holland NY.  My husband George started working on a farm in Elma, NY as a kid, and moved to Cuba NY when that dairy merged with a larger dairy.  He spent 20+ years as the herdsman, taking care of all aspects of cow management from calving onward.  He is currently employed as an AI tech, and I stay at home with our small children. I have owned and managed businesses in the past.  We believe with our combined farm and business experience we could bridge the gap on our lack of knowledge and be a welcome asset to a farm who may be looking to phase out of ownership slowly over a period of time.