The Akashic Garden

I'm an herbalist, medicine woman, educator & mushroom cultivator passionate about sustainable living. Seeking farmland to create a homestead & educational farm, promoting ancestral practices, restoring biodiversity, food & medicine sovereignty

Preferred counties/regions

  • Clinton County
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Hamilton County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Mohawk Valley
  • Fulton County
  • Montgomery County
  • Schoharie County
  • Otsego County
  • Herkimer County
  • Oneida County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Cayuga County
  • Finger Lakes
  • Genesee County
  • Livingston County
  • Orleans County
  • Wyoming County
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Yates County
  • Western
  • Allegany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Erie County
  • Niagara County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100

Farming Status

Emerging farmer: 2 years or more of on farm work experience

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

My name is Aneh, my family and  I are on a journey back to the roots of sustainable living and stewardship of the land. Growing up amidst the fields and forests of farms, I developed a profound connection to the earth and a deep respect for its cycles. Now, I am eager to return to my farming roots and embark on a journey of sustainable ancestral living, food/medicine sovereignty and community care. 

My upbringing instilled in me a passion for foraging, a practice I've carried with me throughout my life. What began as a childhood exploration evolved into a lifelong pursuit of herbalism and mushroom cultivation. As a herbalist and mushroom cultivator, I am committed to not only harnessing the healing power of nature but also to educating others on indigenous and ancestral practices surrounding food and health sovereignty.

With a vision of establishing a homestead and farm business, my partner and I aim to create a haven where sustainability thrives. Our dream is to utilize the farmland we lease as a base for not only our homestead but also as a platform for educating others on sustainable homesteading, urban farming, and biodiversity conservation. We are dedicated to restoring native habitats, conserving soil health, and providing access to fresh food to communities, particularly those with limited resources.

Our ambitions extend beyond traditional farming practices; we aspire to incorporate beekeeping, foraging, and the creation of an herbal apothecary into our farm's ecosystem. Through our social media presence and community engagement, we have cultivated a following eager to support our endeavors and learn alongside us.

Ultimately, our goal is to empower individuals, especially those from low-income neighborhoods, to reconnect with the land, learn essential homesteading skills, and foster a sense of self-sufficiency. By sharing our knowledge and experiences, we hope to inspire a new generation of land stewards committed to living in harmony with nature.

Farm Experience & Education

  • On farm work experience

With a lifetime immersed in the rhythms of farming and a deep-rooted passion for sustainable agriculture, my journey began amidst the verdant fields and bustling livestock of family farms. From tendering vibrant fruit and vegetable crops to nurturing livestock with organic and ancestral farming practices, my upbringing instilled within me a profound respect for the land and its bounty.

Today, my commitment to sustainable agriculture extends beyond the boundaries of traditional farming. As a steward of the earth, I actively manage several community garden and urban gardening initiatives, where I share my knowledge and expertise with eager learners. These projects not only foster a sense of community but also empower individuals to reconnect with the land and cultivate their own nourishment.

In addition to my work in community gardening, I am the proud owner of a mushroom cultivation and microscopy business. Through this venture, I offer cultivation classes and resources via our online platform, guiding enthusiasts through the fascinating world of mycology. By demystifying the art of mushroom cultivation and microscopy, I empower others to harness the potential of fungi for food, medicine, and ecological restoration.

 

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 of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • black outline horse icon Equine
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

Our farming practices are rooted in a deep reverence for the land and a commitment to preserving its natural integrity for future generations. We embrace a holistic approach that combines organic and ancestral methods, aiming to achieve certifications in organic, biodynamic, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture.

Central to our farming philosophy is the belief that healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving ecosystem. We prioritize soil health through practices such as composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation, enhancing fertility and biodiversity while minimizing the need for synthetic inputs.

In our quest to honor the diversity of the land, we cultivate a wide array of crops, including heirloom and native vegetables, fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants indigenous to New York. By preserving and propagating heirloom varieties and native species, we celebrate the rich cultural heritage and ecological resilience of our region.

As stewards of the land, we integrate livestock into our farming system, including chickens, goats, horses, cows, and alpacas. These animals play integral roles in soil fertility, weed and pest management, and ecosystem balance. Through rotational grazing and responsible animal husbandry, we ensure their well-being while harnessing their natural behaviors to enhance the health of the land.

Our commitment to biodiversity extends beyond crops and livestock to include the preservation of pollinators such as bees. By maintaining beehives, we not only produce honey but also support essential pollination services, ensuring the fertility and productivity of our agricultural landscape.

In addition to our farming endeavors, we aspire to establish a mushroom farm, harnessing the transformative power of fungi to recycle organic matter, improve soil structure, and provide nutritious food. Through our mushroom cultivation practices, we aim to diversify our farm's offerings while fostering ecological resilience.

Furthermore, we recognize the importance of seed sovereignty and genetic diversity in ensuring food security for future generations. To this end, we plan to establish a seed bank for seed keeping and preservation, safeguarding heirloom and regionally adapted varieties for years to come.

In essence, our farming practices reflect a deep commitment to regenerative agriculture, cultural preservation, and ecological stewardship. By honoring the wisdom of the past and embracing the innovations of the present, we strive to cultivate a vibrant and resilient farming community rooted in harmony with the land.

Marketing Method

Our marketing strategy for "The Akashic Garden" combines the power of our established social media presence with in-person engagement and strategic partnerships. With a large and engaged following on various social media platforms, we have built a community that is not only eager to support us but also actively participates in our journey.

Through our social media channels, we showcase the beauty and sustainability of our farm, providing glimpses into daily life, sharing educational content, and promoting our products and services. Our monetized social media presence generates income, allowing us to invest further in our farm business and community initiatives.

As owners of an online mycology business, transitioning to an in-person farm would significantly enhance our success. By having a physical location, we can expand our offerings, provide hands-on experiences, and deepen our connection with customers. Our farm would serve as a hub for mycological education, cultivation, and product sales, attracting enthusiasts and novices alike.

Community outreach is a cornerstone of our marketing approach. We actively participate in public farmers markets, engaging directly with our local community, and sharing our passion for sustainable living. By connecting with people face-to-face, we build trust and loyalty while spreading awareness of our farm and its mission.

Furthermore, we recognize the value of collaboration and partnership within the homesteading community. By teaming up with other prominent content creators and educators, we expand our reach and access new audiences. These partnerships allow us to exchange knowledge, cross-promote our initiatives, and offer diverse perspectives on homesteading and sustainable living.

In essence, our marketing strategy leverages our existing online presence, integrates in-person interactions, and fosters collaborations to promote "The Akashic Garden" as not just a farm, but a beacon of sustainability, education, and community empowerment.

Farm business plan or farm resume

My business plan or farm resume is in progress

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • black outline barn icon Barns - Equipment Storage
  • black outline barn with silo icon Barns - Livestock
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • black outline house icon Farmer housing
  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

To realize our vision of "The Akashic Garden," we seek a farm rental infrastructure that harmonizes with our goals of sustainable living, education, and community engagement. Key components include:

1. **Farmer Housing:** A full house with a minimum of four bedrooms provides ample space for our team to live and work on the farm. This accommodation fosters a sense of community and ensures that essential farm duties are attended to promptly.

2. **Expandable Housing:** The ability to build additional housing is essential for accommodating future growth and potential partnerships. Whether it's for interns, volunteers, or additional team members, having the flexibility to expand our living quarters ensures that we can meet the evolving needs of our homestead farming business.

3. **Outbuildings for Livestock and Equipment:** Barns, shelters, and other outbuildings are crucial for housing livestock such as chickens, goats, or bees. Additionally, we require storage space for farm equipment, tools, and supplies. These structures should be sturdy, well-ventilated, and strategically located for efficiency and convenience.

4. **Access to Water and Utilities:** Reliable access to water is vital for irrigation, livestock hydration, and general farm operations. Similarly, access to utilities such as electricity and heating ensures the comfort and functionality of our farmer housing and outbuildings.

5. **Tillable Land:** A significant portion of the rental property should consist of fertile, tillable land suitable for various crops, gardens, and orchards. This land will serve as the foundation for our sustainable farming practices, allowing us to cultivate fresh produce, medicinal herbs, and other agricultural products.

In summary, the ideal farm rental infrastructure for "The Akashic Garden" encompasses farmer housing, expandable accommodations, outbuildings for livestock and equipment, access to water and utilities, and ample tillable land. These components form the backbone of our homestead farming business, enabling us to live in harmony with the land while educating and empowering others to do the same.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale
  • Farm Management
  • Cooperative Model
  • Other Tenure Agreement

Finding the right tenure option is crucial to establishing a sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership with the property owner. We are open to exploring various arrangements that align with our long-term vision and goals. Here are the tenure options we are seeking:

1. **Long-Term Leasing:** Long-term leasing provides stability and security, allowing us to invest in infrastructure, implement sustainable practices, and build a thriving farm business over time. We are open to negotiating lease terms that extend beyond the typical agricultural leasing period, providing both parties with peace of mind and a solid foundation for collaboration.

2. **Renting to Own:** Renting to own offers the potential for eventual ownership, providing us with the opportunity to establish roots and make lasting improvements to the property. This option allows us to gradually transition from tenants to property owners, ensuring that our investment in the farm is rewarded in the long run.

3. **Cooperative Models:** Cooperative models involve shared ownership and decision-making among multiple parties, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. We are open to exploring cooperative arrangements with the property owner, neighboring farmers, or like-minded organizations, pooling resources and expertise to create a vibrant and resilient farming community.

4. **Custom Negotiations:** We understand that every situation is unique, and we are open to custom negotiations that accommodate the needs and preferences of both parties. Whether it involves revenue sharing, land trusts, or other innovative arrangements, we are committed to finding a solution that maximizes the potential of the land while honoring our shared values of sustainability, stewardship, and community engagement.

In conclusion, we are seeking tenure options that support our long-term commitment to sustainable farming, education, and community empowerment. By exploring arrangements such as long-term leasing, renting to own, cooperative models, or custom negotiations, we aim to establish a partnership that benefits both us and the property owner, creating a legacy of stewardship and abundance for generations to come.

Estimated price range for a lease or a purchase of a farm property

2500-3500/month

Has this farmer received a pre-qualification from a lending institution?

No

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

Unsure

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