Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:Less than 2
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I am primarily seeking established orchard and woodland. I am somewhat flexible about acreage, but prefer a higher ratio of forest to pasture or row crop area. Since I am interested in perennials and tree crops, I would prefer to purchase a farm outright. My methods will be holistic and permaculture-informed and low or no till. I am especially interested in coppice forestry and would like to try establishing a small malus americana grove for that purpose - in addition to growing trees and perennials for human consumption and growing abundant forage for beneficial, pollinator, and wildlife forage. I am interested in managing farmland for wildlife habitat and am able to work with any such conservation easements as may be present.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Capital Area
- Hudson Valley
- Long Island
- New York City
- Kings (Brooklyn)
- New York (Manhattan)
- Richmond (Staten Island)
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 21-50
Infrastructure required:Water access, Electrical Access
Description of infrastructure:
Established orchard and some forest strongly preferred. Water and electrical access strongly preferred but not strictly required. We will eventually need housing and a storage building, and would prefer to make use of existing structures where possible, but it isn't required that housing and structures already be present.
Description of buildings required:
We will eventually want to live on-site and prefer to make use of exisiting structures when possible, but are open to land that currently has no housing or buildings.
Description of water access required:
On-site water required. Ponds and riparian areas enthusiastically welcomed.
Description of fencing required:
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Fruits, Other Crops
Description of livestock/crops:
I am primarily interested in orchard, tree crops, and silviculture.
Tenure options desired:For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
Purchase - because my interest is in perennials and tree crops.
Experience & education:On farm work experience, Other
My on-farm experience is from seasonal work on two businesses owned by members of my family: I checked fields during lambing and calving and removed any animals that had died; fed out large round bales of sileage to the cattle with the tractor in the early Spring; drove a Posi-Track or tractor with a brush mower attachment to clear brushy growth from pastures; used a Posi-track to level and reclaim a pasture that had been used as a municipal dump/used goods exchange; completed farm maintenance projects like staining the deer shed or adding compost to garden beds; moved individual animals as-needed; and cleaned out the goat barn. Additionally, I have expertise in tree pruning and perennial care from work as a residential urban maintenance gardener and propagation and annual cultivation as a community gardener.