Ryan Martens

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

6-10

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I curently own and operate Grassroots Farm, a regenerative grazing operation in Stone Ridge NY. We have a herd of 50 Devon/Herford beef cattle that we graze on leased land, where we use holistic management practices to build soil health and pasture productivity. Our practices are all organic, and focus on respecting both our herd and the land.  We produce high quality pasture raised beef for the community, running a meat CSA, and direct marketing wholes, halves, and quarters of beef to families in Ulster County.  We are currently seeking creative ways to expand our operation. We feel we would make a great partner to a landowner who is looking for an experienced grazier to enhance and beautify their land through a regenerative grazing operation, or another established farmer or business who is looking to form partnerships to expand their enterprises. We offer custom grazing, as well as property management and consulting, we are open to options, and feel we have a lot to offer in the way of knowledge, labor, and skills in regenerative grazing, animal husbandry, and holistic management techniques.  

Description of marketing method:

We direct market our beef to the Marbletown community through a CSA and Direct to Consumer Sales.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef

Description of livestock/crops:

Rotationally grazed, intensively managed cattle herd of roughly 50 head.  Grass-fed, grass-finished, no haromones or antibiotics.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Other

Experience description:

I have worked on multiple farms all with their own model for sustainable production ranging from pasture raised meats to organic vegtable growing, permaculture operations, and urban farming.  I have a B.S. from Rutgers University in Environmental Planning and Design.