Nicole Duch

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:


Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I ran a small vegetable farm on leased land for five years. Recently, I've been working on other farms while looking for land. Last year, the Vermont Land Trust chose my proposal to purchase land. Because that fell through, I'm still searching. Ideally, I find something to purchase but am open to oppurtunities.

Description of marketing method:

Direct marketing through CSA and farmers' markets. Perhaps local wholesale.

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

Some rooved space would be needed. A greenhouse would be a huge plus.

Description of water access required:

Water from a spring or well would be needed to wash and cool produce plus water . Irrigation water would ideally come from the same source.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Description of livestock/crops:

Mixed vegetables. Berries. Perrenials added over time.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Farm purchase. Farm management. ???

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Farm internship/apprenticeship, Other

Experience description:

I started out apprenticing, then working on farms. For five seasons, I rented land and managed a small veggie operation. Since then, I've managed fields, crews, and greenhouses at other farms.