Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:2-5
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Status: READY! I'm currently living and working on a friend's horse ranch in Ulster county. I've been working on a business plan for the past 18 months while living and working on farms while I did sales for my company that went under due to covid. Plans: Small scale sustainable agriculture is the only way we can endure. I want to not only start a farming enterprise but also teach people how to grow their own food. 1-2 acres in veggies to sell through u-pick, farmers markets, CSA and wholesale. 1 acre in melons and pumpkins. Additional 2ish acres in corn to put up to feed meat birds. I want to close the loop on food production. Grow the feed! Practices: All regenerative and organic.
Description of marketing method:
Pick your own, CSA, Farmers Markets and wholesale clients. I worked in digital marketing for 3 years and we can leverage a lot of "go to market" strategies that I learned (email blasts, post card mailers, digital marketing) Nothing has the staying power like a good old fashioned face to face conversation!!
Does this farmer have a business plan?Yes
- Capital Area
- Hudson Valley
- Long Island
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100
Infrastructure required:Farm equipment, Water access
Description of water access required:
I've always worked with dripper and precision watering practices. Would either need a pond or deep well althought we can get creative. (ie. seasonal spring into above ground pool via ram pump, rain water catching, trickle pumping from a couple dug wells into resevoirs)
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Hay, Other Crops
Primary Livestock:Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock
Description of livestock/crops:
Laying hens for eggs. Several turns of cornish cross meat birds a year. Seasonal Turkeys for the big Gobble aka Thanksgiving! Pasture management with roation of the hens, pigs and beef.
Tenure options desired:Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
I'm open to any tenure option that's fair and make sense.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Farm owner, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Other
25 years gardening on a 1/4 acre 2 Years - Built, managed and sold commerical greenhouse hydroponic tomato business 6 months on horse ranch 6 months on cattle ranch 1 Year on organic strawberry and pumpkin farm 1 Year bulk produce business in NYC Volunteer at Gotham Greens when they first got started 4 years growing sprouts and microgreens for home use