Lou Wright

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Looking at the feasibility of building something aimed at higher margins... organic, biodiverse, local-slow food type Market gardening operation that could scale (by regional cooperation) for a direct to consumer (or Ghost kitchen), subscription based business. Something that won't require 500+ acres and 59 ton of fertilizer to break even. Maybe it's an orchard about to be sold to make room for NASCAR or LEGOland, and maybe it means a farm distillery.  Maybe it's award winning pigs. 
I'm asking questions; I'm not Eddie Arnold. 

Description of marketing method:

Online marketing background. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Dutchess
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

Open and flexible: veg, grapes, mushroom, orchards, herbs, ornamentals, pigs, goats, exotic, trout, tilapia tanks.  I've grown thousands of Douglas Firs. I know these coyotes don't eat those. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Open to suggestions that make sense. 

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education

Experience description:

Managed family Doug fir tree farm for years. Spent time Market gardening, studied soil science at Cornell, as well as Micro Distilling (Spirits) and brewing in Chicago. Contacts in Meat industry looking to me for new business models to mail the meats like the competition.  I've signed up to learn.