Brian Ellis

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Looking to impliment a sustainable agroforestry system using permaculture practices and regenerative agriculture techinques. I'm aiming to use the farm as an educational resource for local schools with control plots demonstrating the effects of different agricultural practices (cover cropping, no/low till etc.) 

Long term project of on-contour alley cropping with nut(chestnut,hazelnut, walnut) and berry rows(Serviceberry, Blueberry and Elderberry) and intergration of livestock as part of the IPM and farm diversificaiton. Hoping to eventually select for reagionally specfic genetics of superior selections similiar to the work done by Mark Shepard of New Forest Farms. 

Short term funding to come from Tree/perennial nursery sales coupled with sales of cut flowers.


Description of marketing method:

farmers markets, social media, co-ops and other media sources. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

Barns, water and electrical access. Hoping for onsite housing including the house but certaininly not a dealbreaker. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Aiming to impliment silvopasture on a portion of the farm. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Only interested in Farms for Sale. 

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:


Experience description:

I currently have over a decade of growing experience and have a variety of chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, butternuts, heartnuts, apples, pears, blueberries and other unique fruit varieties that I've propagated for sale or largescale planting depending on timescale of finding the right property. I have a BS in Biology/Chemistry from SUNY Cortland with a focus on botany/ mycology and will be taking the Cornell Master Gardener Course this fall to further my education. I also have volunteer experience at a couple local farms and agricultural non-for-profits such as the radix center in Albany.