Amy Rojek

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

Less than 2

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My name is Amy Rojek and on paper, I am a special education teacher with a masters degree. I am building an outdoor-education program called The Farm Chef Project. The mission of the Farm Chef project is to engage youth to learn to love all aspects of agriculture through growing, harvesting, cooking and eating all that our earth has to offer. Through hands-on, environmental-educational experiences, children will learn how to grow and cultivate their own food, with learning the benefits of conservation, importance of locally grown produce, and other environmental causes to support. Additionally, learning the skills to prepare a harvest into a meal, providing invaluable life-skill growth, as well as engaging in opportunities to expand the palate and try new foods.  

My goal is to eventually host these programs on weekends to families and small groups, through youth summer programs, and to support schools in utilizing this program as an element in their curriculums. I am looking for usable farm land - whether that means just leasing a small plot for some garden beds or developing a partnership of some sort. I am willing to put in the needed sweat-equity, on top of financial equity to get this going. I am also eager to learn from anyone who is willing to share their farming knowledge, experiences and stories. 

Description of marketing method:

I have a fully functional business website and manage the business social media platforms already - @farmchefproject and www.farmchefproject.com

 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Putnam
    • Westchester
  • New York City
    • Bronx
    • New York (Manhattan)

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

The ideal suituation would have infastructure which supports not only farming materials, but also educational ones. A bathroom and a kitchen and food prep space is ideal, however if we need port-a-potty's and an outdoor camping kitchen setup, we can make it work! 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Lease, business partner or another agreement is always negociable! 

Additional Information

Experience description:

I have a masters degree in special education and have been teaching in NYC Public Schools for the past 5 years.