- Hudson Valley
- 5 or fewer
Emerging farmer: 2 years or more of on farm work experience
Currently farming part-time
Primary reason for farming
Farm will generate a portion of my income
Farming status, plans, and practices
I currently work at a nature preserve where we do some vegetable and mushroom production. Would like to have my own land to do it, but start part-time so I can still recieve income from my primary employment. If the farming is successful I'd eventually like to transition to that full-time.
Farm Experience & Education
- Farm internship/apprenticeship
- On farm work experience
Have been working with the natural world for 6+ years. Started landscaping, then woodland gardening in Central Park, and currently stewarding the land on a 200 acre preserve in Garrison, NY. I also grow mushrooms (both indoors and outdoors) at my current position. Have also worked with the Westchester Land Trust (Plant propagation internship) and Sleepy Cat Farm (part-time help around the grounds, included working with vegetable garden and chickens). Formal education is a bachelor's degree of Science in Biology from Indiana University.
Farming Plans and Practices
Farming method or practice
- Organic (certified)
Would ideally work up to chickens and goats/sheep but that's not at the top of the list for me.
I have a weekly mushroom newsletter that goes out to 650+ and is growing. Would use that for marketing. Also increasing social media presence.
Farm business plan or farm resume
I currently have housing. Would like to do it on a scale where I don't need a tractor (I do have experience operating one, though) and can just use wheel barrows and elbow grease.
Looking to start farming part-time, on weekends and after work on weekdays, before transitioning to full-time.