Fernando Tirado

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I'm interested in farming as a hobby with additional opportunities for growing into the farm business. I would like to start a small farm with a focus on growing fruits and vegetables, specifically bell peppers. It would be a hobby initially, as I'm still working full-time, but I would like to use this farm as supplemental income. I would consider a 3-5 year plan for expansion. 

Description of marketing method:

I would like to have a small farm (up to 5-10 acres) that could also be a destination for customers, so I would look at options such as having events, farm stand/farmers market, and other innovative ideas.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

No

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • Kings (Brooklyn)
    • New York (Manhattan)
    • Richmond (Staten Island)

Desired acreage:

1-5

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of infrastructure:

Westchester, Putnam, and Orange County would be ideal for me. If I went with the microgreens, I would look into taking some of the land into an enclosed hydroponics facility. I would like to know other zoning requirements or restrictions for a farm to see if they would allow commercial retail on-site (optional).

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Fruits and vegetables, specifically bell peppers, another crop idea would be microgreens

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I would primarily like to purchase and live on the farm, but would consider partnering with another farmer who wanted to crow other crops and add diversity to the farm. 

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

Farmer training or workshop, Other