Farming Status and Plans
Years actively farming:Less than 2
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I am living at an 80 acre farm, which is owned by two seasoned farmers. They are both in their 80s. I perform almost all of the animal chores, including tending sheep and goats, milking, raising chickens, turkeys, pigs for meat and eggs, and very basic care of draft horse and donkey. I also contribute to garden management...planting, watering, harvesting, processing, and have a keen interest in growing flowers. We are an organic operation. I have also participated in making hay, can use electric net fencing. My desire is to farm 10-30 acres--primarily for subsistence farming... to feed my family (3 children). I would like to have a small income as well--hopefully from flowers, honey, and baked goods. My husband is a beekeeper. I would also like to incorporate education programming to the business, with children's programming taking place at the farm. Possibly a farm stay experience as well.
Description of marketing method:
Social media, local papers/radio programs, in-person (flyers, community events, community locations)
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
- Hudson Valley
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 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:
Preferrably a barn with water access.
Description of water access required:
Indoor plumbing or irrigation pond nearby.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Ornamentals
Primary Livestock:Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Flowers, vegetables, goats, pigs, bees.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, For Sale
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Unsure
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm internship/apprenticeship
I have worked and lived at an educational farm for 1 year. Prior to that I worked in not-for-profit management at a Wildlife Conservation organization.