Andrew Johnson

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

2-5

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Hello!

My name is Andrew Johnson. My passion is creating community around local, organic, regenerative food systems. I currently serve as the vegetable farm manager at Calf & Clover Creamery in Cornwall-Bridge, CT. This is my third season growing vegetables using no-till, organic practices (not certified) and my first year in a farm management role. I have lots of experience with CSA's and establishing and maintaining strong customer relationships. In addition to vegetable production, I have experience raising pigs on pasture/woodland. 

I have bachelor degrees in both physics and systems engineering and worked as a quality assurance engineer for NASA prior to getting into farming full-time. In addition to my farming, I have leadership expereince, facilitating community as part of a non-profit I founded that seeks to create safe spiritual community for college students. 

I am seeking land wherein I can grow vegetables using regenerative no/minimal tillage practices. Additionally, I would love space to raise heritage pork in a woodland setting. In addition to producing great food, it really is my desire to create/foster community committed to stewarding the land and caring for each other.  

Description of marketing method:

CSA - aquire customers via local events, road signage, and social media

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Water access

Description of buildings required:

Seeking a farm with cool storage and tunnels for greens and tomato production. However, I am able to construct these facilities if needed. 

Description of farm equipment required:

Access to a tractor. Preferably something on the smaller end. Even a walk-behind would be great!

Description of water access required:

Nothing crazy. Enough for a few acres of vegetables and approx. 10 pigs. As well as good pressure for the wash/pack area. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Primary Livestock:

Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

0.5-3 acres of mixed vegetables

10-15 woodland/pastuer raised pigs

 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

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

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

Experience description:

Vegetable Farm Manager, Calf & Clover Creamery, Cornwall-Bridge, CT - Fall 2020 - Present

Farm Apprentice, Plainsong Farm, Rockford, MI - Summer of 2019 and April - Nov. 2020

Owner/Operator, Andy's Microgreens, New Milford, CT, Winter 2020-Spring 2021

Research Intern, Crop Physiology Lab, Utah State University - Summer 2017

 

Education: 

Bachelor of Science, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California - 2017-2019

Bachelor of Science, Engineering Physics, Biola University - 2014-2017