Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:6-10
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
My name is Amara, I use they/them pronouns. I am seeking land and collaborators to cultivate a healing herbs cooperative farm centering Black and Indigenous ecological stewardship practices and healing traditions. I completed Grow NYCs Farm Beginnings course to develop my business plan. Im interested in three main enterprises: production (medicinal herbs), a community supported apothecary, and public education. Would like farmland that has been farmed organically or can be organic. Looking to steward this land using low-till and climate adapative strategies.
Description of marketing method:
sliding scale community supported apothecary
wholesale and retail dried herbs
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Capital Area
- Hudson Valley
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access
Description of buildings required:
Would like on site housing for the farm crew to live and work in, also to have communal space to offer workshops and gatherings.
Ideal but not required: Propagation house, high tunnels for processing and drying herbs, dry storage for seed and storing bulk herbs, storage for tools and amendments.
Description of water access required:
Minimum 40 psi for overhead and drip irrigation
ideal: pond, well water, town water hookup
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Other Crops
Description of livestock/crops:
Will focus on producing a veriety of annual herbs and perennial crops that will be harvested and preserved for plant-based medicine. Grown in 1/8 acre test plots for first 1-3 years to establish markets.
Tenure options desired:For Sale
Description of tenure options desired:
I am looking for properties that are available for rent-to-own or for purchasing.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Other, Farm internship/apprenticeship
I am a food justice educator and farmer currently working at Rocksteady Farm and Flowers. Previously I was teaching at KCC Urban Farm in Brooklyn NY. I facilitate earth-based lessons that celebrate ancestral foodways, black and indigenous technologies and community resilience. I have six years of organic urban farm experience.