Aleister Mraz

Our family is looking for farmland to care and tend. We have a special interest in blueberries, chickens, small dairy, and an orchard, and are also exploring wool from sheep or alpacas. We have several decades of working life ahead of us and ready!

Preferred counties/regions

  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County

Desired acreage

  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50

Farming Status

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

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

We are currently looking to grow a variety of berries for a potential you-pick operation, biodynamic practices with an orchard, including a variety of livestock.

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farm internship/apprenticeship
  • Farmer training or workshop
  • Formal agricultural education
  • On farm work experience

Eleanore has a degree in agro-ecology and has attended many workshops concerning biodynamics and sustainable agriculture.  She has worked on many farms and was a landscape gardener for many years.

Aleister is a certified building biologist with a special interest in natural building, the effects of electromagnetic fields on insects, plants, and dairy production, as well as electroculture.  He's helped restore property in Willseyville, NY through earthworks, bushhogging, tilling, constructing, and planting.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits

Primary livestock

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • black outline dairy icon Cattle - Dairy
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees
  • black outline llama icon Other Livestock

Blueberries and other varieties, cattle for beef and some dairy for personal use.  Pigs and poultry, eggs, and honey.

Marketing Method

Aleister has an MBA.  Farmers' markets, farm stand, selling halves/quarters for meat, you-pick berries.

Farm business plan or farm resume

My business plan or farm resume is in progress

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

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

Housing for family, including several bedrooms for parents and children.  Second tiny home or room to build in-law apartment.  Barn for livestock.  Water for small hydroelectric generation and/or well.  Fencing.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Sale

Direct sale or rent-to-own.

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


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