Alia Adastra

I am a trans owner/operator relocating from Virginia. I have 10 years experience as owner/manager of a diversified farm utilizing biodynamic and permaculture principles. Seeking pasture for our flock of heritage rare sheep, and three cows.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Hudson Valley
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20

Farming Status

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

Currently farming full-time

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

I am a trans/queer farmer with 10 years experience as owner and manager. I am relocating from Virginia to New York, downsizing from my current 100-acre diversified farm to focus primarily on my therapeudic riding program. I am, however, keeping a large number of my wool producing heritage sheep, and will continue with my fiber and meat business on a smaller scale.

I am seeking 5-10 acres close to Bloomingburg NY to graze my flock of Jacobs sheep and my three homestead cows.

Farm Experience & Education

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

30 years equine experience -- Full equine resume available on request.

10 years owner/operator of Faunspring Farm LLC in Boyce, VA.

Biodynamic beekeeper training with Spikenard Farm in Floyd, VA.

Biodynamic farmer training with Josephine Porter Institute in Floyd, VA.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

  • No Crops

Primary livestock

  • black outline dairy icon Cattle - Dairy
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep

We are bringing approx 40 sheep from our established registered Jacob Sheep flock to continue to produce wool, meat, and registered breeding stock. We are downsizing from 80+ sheep and will have fiber products from the past couple shearings available until sold out.

Our two family milking cows and our bull are also moving with us.

Marketing Method

I will be reaching out to our local fiber shed, attending fiber festivals as a vendor, hosting events on our new property, and building a comprehensive website for online sale of yarn and fiber goods. 

Our meat sales are comparatively small every year - I will be looking into local butchers and primarily selling by word of mouth.

 

 

 

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 of a fence Fencing
  • No infrastructure
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Seeking primarily pasture to rent to graze for the summer season. Depending on the cost and distance from my home, I may move animals to my 25 acre wooded property in the winter. The ideal property has fencing, water access, and at least a couple run-in sheds. A barn is a bonus but not necessary. I am able to install electric semi-permanent fencing if necessary.
 

 

 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • Cooperative Model
  • Other Tenure Agreement

Willing to do 6 month rental contract -- perhaps a more long term lease for the right situation. May be seasonal (during the summer grazing season).

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

1-2k/month.

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

Yes

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