Carrie Piesen

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

For 5 years I owned a tiny goat and sheep dairy in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  I hand-milked between 10-20 ewes and does, and sold the raw milk and cheese locally to friends and neighbors.  I rotated the critters daily on pasture, managing for the health of the herd and the soil.  

I'm searching for the right property to start my next project.  With the help of fellow seasonal-working friends, I hope to develop a small farm that eventually includes an orchard, garden and microdairy.  Eventually I would like to transition the farm to being cooperatively owned.  My income for the near future will still come from remote work, but over time I hope the farm can pay the bills, primarily through agritourism and workshops.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

No

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship