- Sullivan County
- Orange County
- Rockland County
- Delaware County
Beginning farmer: 10 years or less of experience managing a farm business
Currently farming part-time
Primary reason for farming
Farm will generate a portion of my income
Farming status, plans, and practices
I started farming in my home country of Ecuador - near the port city of Guayaquil - over a decade ago. I've been keeping all sort of tropical fruit trees growing in my property to personal use and some for the community markets. I've specialized in soursop, guava, mango, banana, and cacao. Additionally, I keep some goats and chickens.
My family and I have settled in Dover, NJ, and we have been doing day jobs that do not relate to productive agriculture, but mine is liked to landscaping and outdoor construction. It has been a long dream of ours to build a farm and community center in the Delaware Valley (Delaware, Sullivan, or Orange Counties) - both due to the weather/soil conditions, as well as proximity to our current residency in New Jersey.
Farm Experience & Education
- Farmer training or workshop
- Formal agricultural education
- On farm work experience
Beyond the experience as a farmer in my native Ecuador and the work I carry daily as a landscaper, mason, and gardner - I recently completed the GrowNYC La Nueva Siembra program.
Farming Plans and Practices
Farming method or practice
- Organic (certified)
- Organic (not certified)
- No method
I would like - from the mid-to-long term - be able to keep horses in the land.
To start, I would like to supply fruit to my local community in New Jersey, mostly around my Latino network and spriritual affiliation.
Farm business plan or farm resume
Basic farming infrastructure desired, but not mandatory. I would like to be able to develop some property on site to do community gatherings and agrotourisim in the future, but not interested in residential development.
I am interested in buying/purchasing land, or in leasing-to-buy arrangements.