Maximilian LionMan

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:


Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Looking for a home for my partner, myself, and our cat. 
We are passionate about orchard care, foraging, forest management, native plant medicine, and an apothecary creation.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Rensselaer
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Other, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

In 2020, I worked with Meadows Bee Farm in southern Vermont to re-introduce rare and endangered plants with a rich ethnobotanical background. The plants include: Chelone glabra L., Asimina triloba L., Ribes cynosbati L., Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis L., Vernonia novaboracensis (L.) Michx., Pycanthemum incanum (L.) Michx., Bromus pubescens Muhl. ex Willd., Prunus maritima Marshall, Monarda fistulosa L., Aralia racemosa L., Lobelia cardinalis L., Gentiana andrewsii Griseb., Collinsonia canadensis L., Prunus virginiana L., and Rudbeckia laciniata L.
I created the LionMan School of ReWilding in 2018, to teach primitive living skills to young children in the Hudson Valley.
I am partaking in the Pfeiffer Center’s Biodynamic Year-Long course. Our team project to complete the course still is caring for what we call The Land Project, where our task is to create space for re-merging biodiversity and agriculture.
I attended the Bellis Working Group for Geotheanistic Plant Knowledge in Dornach, Switzerland. There I learned techniques for studying medicinal plant metamorphosis (phenologically speaking).
I completed the Ethnobotanical course at SUNY-ESF’s Cranberry Lake Biological Station with Dr. Kimmerer in 2017.
I’ve participated in courses with the Delta Institute of Natural History. They included, (1) re-creating a functional Neolithic long bow from a hickory stave (2) learning local folk medicine and botany of the region (3) assisting in traditional plant tending by the Wabanaki Confederacy, of a particular local, and thriving population of wild plants, which include the threatened wild leek, Allium tricoccum Ait.
I traveled with a group to Chiapas, Mexico with Professor Stewart Diemont of SUNY-ESF, to study ecological/cultural issues (included working with traditional Lacandon Mayan agricultural systems).
I adventured into the Ecuadorian Amazon to work and study with the Shiviar People.
I met the graceful John Hart of New York State Museum to have the opportunity to pick his brain, as well as to see the private archaeobotanical collections.