Madeline White

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I'm an aspiring sustainable farmer seeking land to turn into a multi-use operation. I have always owned horses, but would like to expand into fiber animals (sheep and goats, perhaps alpacas eventually), chickens, and dairy animals (cattle, goats, and sheep, for my own use). I would also like to develop a permaculture operation for fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and misc. crops. I am seeking land that is not restricted in terms of private internal development (houses for extended family, new barns, etc), but have no intention of parceling out for sale or removing from agricutural use, so conservation easments are not a dealbreaker. Housing, water, barns, and electric are each nice, but nothing is absolutely necessary. Organic soil not needed. Looking forward to hearing from farmers!

Description of marketing method:

At this point I am purely an aspiring small-scale farmer, with goals of self-reliance first and foremost. Both my partner and I have off-farm jobs in tech. I would eventually like to make farming my business, but this is a future goal.

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Dutchess
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

Dairy cattle and goats/sheep for own use, poultry for own use and egg sale, equines for own use, fiber goats/sheep/other for business purposes.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We would love to purchase the property, but if there is a delay on this (with some sort of partnership or tenure between now and then), that's fine, too.

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Other, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

I have extensive experience with horse management, including work experience on horse farms.