Chris Nilan

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am currently seeking 1-10 acres of tillable farmland to develop a diversified and organic agriculture business that would include cut flowers, specialty vegetables, and native plants. I am currently managing a cut-flower operation in Greene County while building up a native perennial nursery stock on my small property in Delaware County. 

Description of marketing method:

My wife and I attended the Pakatakan Farmers' Market outside Margaretville this past year with our limited product and were met with a great reception. I would like to continue attending this market with future endevours. In the past I have managed wholesale operations for an organic vegetable farm in Dutchess County, NY that saw over $100,000 in gross sales annually. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Otsego
  • Hudson Valley
    • Delaware
    • Greene
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

I would be interested in using any farm infrastructure and equipment available. Ultimately my business would likely require the construction of greenhouse(s). 

Description of water access required:

Ideally frost-free hydrants with a minimum flow rate of 20 gallons/minute. An alternative could be pumpable surface water within 200' of our primary growing area.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

I am mostly interested in developing a business based around cut flowers, specialty vegetables, and native plants. This could be adapted to best suit the land which I find. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I am flexible and open to different arrangements. I would be interested in managing and developing existing operations, leasing available land, or entering into a business partnership with a land-owner. I would also be interested in lease-to-own opportunities.

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop

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