Caralyn Roeper

Young farm couple looking for land within the next 2 years to transition to own operation, either a lease, lease to buy, or buy option. Organic/Biodynamic practices. Desire for mixed vegetable/small livestock operation.

Preferred counties/regions

  • North Country
  • Capital Region
  • Hudson Valley
  • Mohawk Valley
  • Central
  • Finger Lakes
  • Southern Tier

Desired acreage

  • 21-50
  • 51-100

Farming Status

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

Currently farming full-time

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

Young farm couple looking for land within the next 2 years to transition to own operation, either a lease, lease to buy, or buy option. Open to other tenure agreements. Organic/Biodynamic practices. Desire for mixed vegetable/small livestock operation. Desire for dual traction (horse and tractor powered) farm. Ideally CSA model, combined with some wholesale or local markets. Flexible in business plan dependent on community needs and market. Hoping to be able to make some of own hay, have access to pasture for livestock, vegetable space, and barn infrastructure.


Farm Experience & Education

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

These descriptions of experience just involve me, and do not include my partner's several years of farming experience as well.

College Graduate, Lehigh University, Bachelor's of English.

Currently Assistant Harvest Manager at Vegetable Farm in Hudson Valley.

  • This position involves assisting our weekly CSA and wholesale customers, as well as leading the Friday Farmer’s Market harvest. With the direction and strategic management from one of our owners, this person will be:
    • Managing the harvest cart and coolers
    • Ensuring that produce is harvested, brought in from the fields, washed and packed in an efficient and timely manner
    • Keeping track of harvest throughout the day and week to ensure that all orders and CSA shares are packed
    • Communicating clearly and in a timely fashion with Sales Manager and all harvest crew
    • Record keeping

Horse-Powered Farm Apprenticeship- Natural Roots Farm 

  • Vegetable production for 200 member CSA using draft horse power to manage 6.5 acres of cropland, berries, 12 acres of pasture, compost, 180 laying hens and You-Pick flower rows. 
  • Training and completion of Teamster training: workhorse use, safety, single and double horse driving for vegetable production and general farm use, equine care, pasture and stable management. Introduction to horse-powered forestry management, firewood production, and chainsaw safety, use, and maintenance.
  • Personal Areas of Responsibility: 
    • Greenhouse Management- seeding, trimming, pinching, fertilizing, managing planting schedule and seedling inventory, transplanting, leading transplant crews and volunteers, watering, potting up, and running our retail plant stand.
    •  Livestock Management- responsible for overseeing maintenance of horses and stable, supply inventory, medication, cleaning, repairs of stable facilities, management of pig-turned compost, and overseeing logistics of laying hen operation: automatic doors, feed inventory, flock health.
    • Wash and Pack ShortStop- fulcrum point for all produce coming into wash and pack facility, weighing/recording harvest to maintain accurate records for CSA distribution, maintain focus in fast-paced environment while overseeing quality of harvest and communicating with team to modify expectations, harvesting and packing for wholesale orders, maintaining inventory of walk-in cooler and winter storage crops. Occasionally staffing CSA pickup as produce stocker, or checking out customers behind the retail counter. 
    • You-Pick Cut Flower and Sunflower Row Manager: Managed these you-pick rows for the farm’s most abundant flower year to date: planting, deadheading, weeding, trellising. Maintained the you-pick rows for CSA customers while harvesting excess material to retail fresh floral material and dry flowers for year-end projects. Brought new flower varieties to the farm with great success. Pioneered new retail outlets for floral material in our farm store: cut flower bouquets, sunflower stems, decorative dried flower pumpkins, garlic bundles, and wreaths.

Farm Apprenticeship- Carversville Farm Foundation

  • Competency with 12 acre organic vegetable production, market garden, and two high tunnels in following categories: greenhouse management, plant propagation, bed prep, transplanting, irrigation, weed and pest management, harvesting, post harvest handling, cover cropping, wash and pack house.
  • Basic skills- machinery, carpentry, and plumbing-, safely operate farm vehicles, fertigation, record-keeping, and time/team/volunteer management (Google Workplace)
  • Familiarity with animal husbandry, comfort with large animals. Involvement with livestock chores, chicken carcass breakdown, egg collecting, and moving cattle and poultry.

Flower Farm Assistant- Busy Bee Bouquets 

  • Part-time work in all aspects of managing a roadside flower stand: bed prep, planting, harvest, bouquet-making, delivery, and design for events (parties, bridal shower, etc).
  • Quick pace bouquet making with attention for detail, aesthetics, and durability
  • Make bouquets for donation each week to Fisherman’s Mark Food Pantry

Farm Internship- Sun Moon Farm 

  • Varied daily responsibilities: bed preparation, plant propagation, transplanting, maintenance of perennial plantings, weeding, harvesting, deadheading, wash and pack, food pantry service, co-op produce delivery and staffing CSA customer pickup.
  • Provide vegetables and flower bouquets each week for 100+ member CSA, intensive familiarity with Dahlias: planting, maintenance, and tuber digging/division/storage for commercial sale.

Winter Internship- Horseshoe Farms 

  • Experience planting, harvesting, bed maintenance, organization, inventory, mulching, deliveries, and spring planning
  • Worked alongside local partners, dining establishments in a farm-to-table food model (The Anchorage- Greenville, SC)

Hemp Harvest Team- Wild Fox Provisions

  • Work with a team to harvest and process 7 acres of hemp flower

Animal Caretaker, Bucks County SPCA 

  • Responsible for care and keeping detailed records of animal safety, feeding, injury/illness, behavior, cleaning enclosures, feeding, transport, and enrichment.
  • Work with guests in a friendly, service-based attitude to answer phones, tour facilities, greet animals and complete intake, adoption, and surrender forms.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline hay icon Hay
  • black outline maple icon Maple

Primary livestock

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • black outline horse icon Equine
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

Marketing Method

CSA, wholesale, market possibly? small farm store? Formation of business plan dependent on property options.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I do not have a business plan or farm resume

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

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

Housing required, small house or apartment sufficient for couple. Would ultimately like room for small family. Some sort of barn/run in shed suitable for working, draft horses. Hay and equipment storage.

Ability to build hoop-houses, greenhouse etc. if none present.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale
  • Business Partnership
  • Farm Management

Ideally, best to have lease to buy option for us to be able to make a home as we grow our business, but also open to long term lease/management opportunities which offer mutual benefit to two young, energetic and detail-oriented folks. Housing required or support in building housing. Interested in taking on existing business or forming our own, really flexible. We believe a farm business should be suited and rooted in its place, and it is hard for us to have a fixed view of our dream farm when we don't have the property yet. We want to build a business that is made to fit the land we find, and are grateful to work with a variety of possibilities.

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

sale 300-650k, lease flexible

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