Isaac Placke

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Managing a 6 acre diversified vegetable farm in West Falls, NY. Vegetables and cut flowers are marketed through a 100 member CSA and sold to local restaraunts. Produce is grown using organic practices (currently not certified). I rely on a hand tools, tarps, and tractors for cultivaiton in an effort to reduce the need for intensive tillage and improve soil and crop health. 

Description of marketing method:

Produce and flowers are marketed through the CSA, where members pick up weekly shares 21 weeks out of the year. Members have all found us through word of mouth, social media, and limited flyering in local restaraunts. Additonal produce is sold to local restaraunts trhough an email list. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Western
    • Erie

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Walk-In Cooler, High tunnels for starting and growing crops, moveable pack shed structure, water and electrical access.

 

 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals

Description of livestock/crops:

Diversified vegetables and cut flowers

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship, Farmer training or workshop