Rebecca Frye

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

6-10

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have just relocated to the Central New York region and am actively looking for land to resume farming and continue running my existing agricultural business. 2020 was the first year of the business, and I was able to lease some land for row crops in Albion, Maine on a certified Organic dairy farm. I did not certify but I intend to in the future. I am curious about Biodynamics. I grow medicinal herbs like Calendula, Tulsi, and Nettle and while I currently am human-powered scale, I hope to long-term become large enough to employ a team of draft horses. While I am currently using methods that would be considered "tillage," my goal is to move beyond tillage to permanant bed systems with minimal disruption of the soil. This follows quite naturally with the perennial and semi-perennial nature of the crops I choose to grow. 

Description of marketing method:

I market directly to value-added producers, and those who sell herbs to retail markets. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Finger Lakes
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of infrastructure:

Infrastructure required: water for row crop irrigation.
Infrastructure desired (but not necessarily required): on site housing, barn for equipment and livestock, electrical access for fencing, existing fencing, equipment for primary tillage. 

 

 

Description of water access required:

Water is necessary for all crops! I am accustomed to irrigating out of wells and ponds, and using drip tape for water conservation. I have experience using overhead irrigation, but prefer methods that are more efficient. I am currently irrigating from rainwater collection bins and ponds.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

Crops include medicinal herbs, flowers, root crops and vegetable crops. Having livestock on the property is by no means a requirement, but if possible could include a dairy cow, a horse or two, a small flock of chickens, sheep, or a mixture there of. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

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

Description of tenure options desired:

I am open to different types of tenure including a basic lease agreement, a partnership, or standard sale. I am also open to other types of tenure or sale agreements including lease-to-own, owner financing, etc. 

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop, Other

Experience description:

I attended UVM and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Ecological Agriculture. I've been working in seasonal agricultural positions since 2012 (excluding 2016) including annual vegetable production, annual flower production, dairy farming, and cheesemaking. Within those years I attended a certificate cheese-making program (2013), managed a raw milk room (2014), apprenticed on a horse-powered farm (2015), managed greenhouses for a vegetable operation (2017), and managed a pack shed for a vegetable operation (2018+19). I currently own a very small business that grows medicinal herbs on a human-powered scale.