Leslie Lewis

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

6-10

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My partner, Anthony, and I have just completed farming our 3rd full season together in the Hudson Valley. After 2 years of production as owner/operators we have lost our lease on the 1.5 acres of no-till organic land we had been growing veggies on. There, we serviced a 90 member CSA and attended 2 farmer's markets in the region. We are now seeking to own, lease or manage (dependent on terms) 3-5 acres, 2 tillable - spending a year preparing the land (if needed) and making compost and moving into production the following season. We are passionate about soil health and building community and so hope to continue using no-till/organic methods to growing food for local families and friends. 

Description of marketing method:

We have successfully developed, expanded and maintained a 90 member CSA and customers for 2 farmer's markets during our tenure at our recent farm. We rely strongly on collaboration by tapping into networks of familes and groups already at work in our communities and providing education about the work we do and products we provide. We believe that education paves the way for engagement and that offering personal connection retains ongoing support from our customers.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

No

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

All contigent on terms.

As farming is a lifestyle and we intend to start a family in the coming years, stable, accessible and affordable housing for us is of supreme importance to support efficent management of the farm and our lives in tandem.

Should we lease the property, structures of residual value we would ask be procured and funded by the property owners.

Should we be purchasing the property, we would take ownership of establishing and funding all infrastructure. 

Description of buildings required:

Heat capable greenhouse

Sheltered washing/packing facility

Cooler

Tool storage

Description of farm equipment required:

Tractor

Description of water access required:

Ag grade well with additional secondary water sources - such as a pond. 

Description of fencing required:

Permenant deer fencing.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Description of livestock/crops:

We grow diversified veggies in a nutrient rich no-till system. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Management - dependent on housing and salary.

Leasing - dependent on terms (lease to own or long-term lease ideal)

Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

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

Experience description:

Combined, my partner Anthony and I hold nearly 10 seasons of experience on various farms with 3 seasons of intensive no-till production experience. 

Having run our own business for the last two we are well practiced in all aspects of managing and maintaining a successful farm operation from planning, to budgeting, to financing. 

We have together attended an array of farming conferences, workshops, and events as we continue to develop our knowledge and practices.