- Capital Region
- Hudson Valley
- Mohawk Valley
- Finger Lakes
Beginning farmer: 10 years or less of experience managing a farm business
Currently farming part-time
Primary reason for farming
Farm will generate the majority of my income
Farming status, plans, and practices
Actively farming, entering our third year of production with pastured poultry as our current centerpiece. In the future we are looking to expand into grass fed beef and lamb as well as pastured pork. We center all of our practices around ecological and ethical raising of livestock providing the most nutritious possible food to our local community. We are currently leasing 5 acres of land in Connecticut but are looking to purchase land to start our family and expand our farming enterprise to become full time employment for us in the future.
Farm Experience & Education
- Farm owner
- Formal agricultural education
- On farm work experience
I am a formally trained chef turned diesel mechanic. I work as a mechanic operating and managing mechanical failures to ensure Amazon can continue day to day shipping of packages in its warehouses.
My wife is an agriculture teacher at local high school specializing in animal science with knowledge carried from childhood and formal education at the University of Connecticut. She worked for the University of Connecticut’s Department of Animal Science helping to manage the milking of their 110 dairy cattle and management of other operations including their beef, sheep, swine and egg layer facilities.
Farming Plans and Practices
Farming method or practice
- Organic (not certified)
All of our animals are raised following the methods of Joel Salatin in a regenerative style focusing on management that involves rotationally grazing to work with nature instead of against it. Our meat birds and turkeys are raised seasonally on pasture from April through October. These birds are provided non-GMO grain and moved to a new patch of grass each day. Our goats are used primarily for brush clearing and small scale milk and cheese production. Our sheep are raised for wool, meat and grass management around the property. Our cattle are currently used for grass management and are our future milk and beef production animals.
Our current marketing occurs from Farmer's markets, on-site sales, word of mouth, social media (Instagram, Facebook), and email campaigns via Mail Chimp.
Farm business plan or farm resume
barns would be a plus but a house on the property and water are the only requirement.
Looking to purchase