Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:6-10
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Since 2015, Farmers Abra & Chris grow and care for pasture raised game birds and specialty poultry. It first began with quail, but has now expanded to include other species such as: French Guinea Fowl, Chukar Partridge, Silkie Chicken, heritage breed ducks, heritage breed chickens and various heritage breed turkeys. All birds live their lives on the North Fork of Long Island. They are also processed here on Long Island and marketed directly by the farmers. The farm prides itself in offering the highest quality, best tasting game birds and eggs that you can get, well, anywhere. From chick to your plate, they're there every step of the way.
In the spring of 2016, Feisty Acres began their Bobwhite Quail Release Program with the intention of helping to re-invigorate the native population of Northern Bobwhite Quail. The farm holds release events multiple times through the year and reaches out to local community members and organizations that are interested in working with the program. Along with raising and releasing these native birds, Abra & Chris also emphasize the importance of managing land that promotes natural habitat for Bobwhites and bringing to light the issues facing these birds such as urban over-development and loss of genetic diversity.
We currently operate our farm on 11.2 acres of land in Suffolk County (leased from the Peconic Land Trust), but are looking to relocate in the very near future. The rise of real estate prices in the area have blocked us out from being able to purchase property that suits our needs to grow.
For more information about us, please visit our website: www.feistyacres.com
Description of marketing method:
We currently attend two farmers markets in NYC through GrowNYC: Union Square in Manhattan and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. We have a fully functioning website: www.feistyacres.com
Facebook: Feisty Acres Farm
We operate a CSA program, offer home delivery, and do retail sales.
Does this farmer have a business plan?Yes
- Capital Area
- Finger Lakes
- Hudson Valley
- Southern Tier
Desired acreage:21-50, 51-100
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:
On site housing is a must. Working barns to brood chicks and store product (meat and eggs). Frost free irrigation needed for our year round operation. Fencing is preferred.
Description of buildings required:
One or two barns in working condition. Need electric. Cement floors preferred, but not mandatory.
Description of water access required:
Need year round, frost free irrigation as we run our business through the year. Water on pasture preferred but not mandatory. Water a must in or near the barn.
Description of fencing required:
Deer fencing preferred, but not required.
Crops and Livestock
Description of livestock/crops:
We currently raise 350+ quail for egg laying; 250 layer chickens; 100 layer ducks; and 1,000 meat birds per season that are a mix of broiler chickens, turkeys, guineafowl, quail, and heritage breed chicken.
Tenure options desired:For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
We would prefer land for sale, but may be able to work with a long term lease or a lease that runs the duraton of the farm operation.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Farm owner
We have been running our own farm business, Feisty Acres, since 2015 and fully support outselves with income made from the farm. From 2009-2015, both Chris and I worked as farm hands and managers on a variety of different working and commercial farms in the area.