Sam Lute

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We are a family of four. I am an Army combat veteran and served two one-year tours in Afghanistan. My wife is an English professor and writing center director at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, and we have two children (ages 8 and 14).

I have two master's degrees, one in international development with a strong focus on sustainable small-hold agriculture and local, community-driven development, and the second master's degree in public administration with a concerntration in non-profit management.

I have been working in the nonprofit sector since leaving the Army in 2012, but, due to COVID-induced downsizing, I was recently laid off from my position as the regional (Eastern New York) director for a military and veteran-centered program for a large national nonprofit organization. This has led me to reconsider my career objectives and direct my experience, education, and skills to a more rural environement.

From my military, nonprofit, and personal experience, I have learned that agriculture and working with one's hands to produce things of concrete value is well-suited to veterans and that veterans are well placed to be be very successful in this sector.

I do not have much direct experience in agriculture, but I am very familiar with hard, physical labor. I thrive in these sorts of conditions. I am a very quick learner, and I am an innovative problem-solver. I am eager and dedicated to making this transition.

I am currently working on a detailed business plan and considering the possibility of running a small farm as either a business or nonprofit organization.

Generally speaking, I intend to start quite small and grow gradually.

I look forward to connecting with any farmers and land owners who may have questions, ideas, or advice regarding the future of this new project.

(Detail will be added as the business planning advances)


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Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Essex
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access

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Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Other livestock

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Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

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

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