William Basquin

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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

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Long Island
    • Nassau
    • Queens
    • Suffolk
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • 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

Primary Livestock:


Description of livestock/crops:

I am primarily interested in orchard, tree crops, and silviculture.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Purchase - because my interest is in perennials and tree crops.

Additional Information

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Other

Experience description:

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.