Aaron Sanders

My name is Aaron Sanders; co-founder of LotusWorks Gallery & Workshop in Beacon, NY. We're expanding our existing business to become ‘LotusWorks Wellness’, an organic sustainably-grown craft cannabis business, for which I have been certified by NYS.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20

Farming Status

Established farmer: Over 10 years of farm management experience or ownership

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

After working for a number of years in the cannabis industry in Humboldt county, California, I am interested in applying my skills and experience in New York's developing cannabis industry. I have experience in all aspects of commercial organic cannabis farming from seeds to sales.

Our fundamental company values are rooted in artistry and awareness; we want to grow the best cannabis available, and we believe the best way to do this is with environmentally-sound and sustainable agriculture.  Through a combination of permacultural growing practices, renewable energy, and eco-friendly production technology; our goal is to grow certifiably organic, 100% carbon-neutral cannabis.

Farm Experience & Education

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

I have worked for years in California's legal cannabis industry, in all aspects of cultivation, property and labor management,  botanical genetics, harvesting and crop processing, as well as sales and vending. I have also studied biodynamic and regenerative farming techniques and methodology at Shikigami Farm in Shizouka, Japan.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Biodynamic
  • Organic (certified)
  • Organic (not certified)
  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

I plan on utilizing the help of livestock animals in my biodynamic farming practices, including goats/sheep for wild vegetation management, chickens for pest control and fertilizer, and bees for non-invasive pollination.

Marketing Method

My wife and I already run a storefront in Beacon, NY that will serve as a processing and retail location, in addition we plan to use our existing social media outlets and online marketing strategies.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a business plan

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Very basic farm equipment needed such as a earth auger,  a walking tiller, mower, chainsaw etc. Fenced land is ideal to keep out deer. A barn or warehouse is ideal for drying, processing and storing crops. Water and Electrical access are both must-haves.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale
  • Business Partnership

We are currently looking to lease land, but would be open to discussing the possibility of purchasing land in the future.

Will this operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?


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