Janel Whitbeck

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:


Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Agritourism business utilization of equines that has never been done in New York State. It is successful in western United States, has the potential to be as successful if not more so in New York State.  In essents this is an equine KOA [Kampgrounds of America] with stalls for horses to overnight in, with RV hook-up sites, and cabins.  It needs to be at least 130 acres of land or more.  There will be at least a hundred acre fenced in pasture with 20 or so [how many wild horses depends on how much land I can have for this] wild mustangs and burros.  There will be guided rides, of riding your own horse into the pasture or horse drawn wagon rides into the pasture to see and observe wild horses.  This business is based off-of the national elk refuge sliegh ride in Jackson WY, off-range pastures open to the public funded/supported by the BLM [bureau of land management, and I want to have their support in this endeavor, I have contacts for this], and the Elkins Creek horse camp.  There are many ways of building onto this initial start-up agritourism business.

The name of the business will be Big and Beautiful

Mission statement: Preservation and conservation of the American mustang for current and future generations through education.

Description of marketing method:

Internet, contacts and other agencies, organizations, that share my business mission statement.  As well as word of mouth. 

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Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Central
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Herkimer
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Finger Lakes
    • Cayuga
    • Livingston
    • Monroe
    • Ontario
    • Seneca
    • Schuyler
    • Tompkins
    • Wayne
    • Yates
  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Region
    • Jefferson
    • Lewis
    • Saint Lawrence
  • Southern Tier
    • Allegany
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Steuben
    • Tioga
  • Western
    • Cattaraugus
    • Chautauqua
    • Erie
    • Genesee
    • Niagara
    • Orleans
    • Wyoming

Desired acreage:


Infrastructure required:

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

Description of infrastructure:

Ability to fence in 100 or more acres, with potential to have RV hook-up sites as well as 6 cabins for guests.  There needs to be a place for me to have a house, around 1,000 square feet if not larger.  There will also be rows of stalls for guests to put their horses as well as places for cabins.  There also needs to be a barn for the carriage horses [these will be draft horses or draft mules], and a place for the wagons to be parked when not in use.

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:


Description of livestock/crops:

Draft horses or draft mules.  WIld mustangs and burros

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Other

Experience description:

I have extensively worked with a carriage company and know how to handle a team, four or six draft horse hitch.  I also know what the guest will be interested in.  I have worked for year at Elkins Creek horse camp and know what the customers like for this, simple is good as well as clean and neat.