Nicole Durham

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have begun a small orchard operation with my husband on our two acre plot.  We would like to expand into stable subsitance livestock and more orchard and nursery operations.  We would also like to provide local schools with access to us as a fieldtrip for students to pick their own produce, learn about subsistance farming, and basic homesteading.  We are willing to assist schools free of charge.  I personally want to encourage a back to nature approach with the area youth and encourage more community involvement in agriculture.

Description of marketing method:

Local marketing/trading/networking with other growers/producers, willing to provide to local school districts

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Franklin

Desired acreage:

>100

Description of infrastructure:

willing to restore infrastructure as needed

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Hay

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

Fruit trees personally propogated: Cherry, apple (several varieties), pear, peach, plumb...Berry bushes: raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, honeyberry....growing pumpkins, tomatos, cucumbers, etc.

Livestock: 16-20 head beef cattle, 2-3 pigs, possibly poultry at a later date

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Would like ownership, willing to lease to own if absolutely necessary

Additional Information

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

Unsure

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Other

Experience description:

Raised by a large farming family, have experience from youth in subsistance produce and caring for cattle.