Chase Motter

My wife and I are organic food and flower farmers looking for a farm to settle on. We are open to collaborating with a landowner in creative ways to make all of our visions come true. We are also saving to purchase our own dream farm.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Capital Region
  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Cayuga County
  • Finger Lakes
  • Genesee County
  • Livingston County
  • Orleans County
  • Wyoming County
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Yates County
  • Schuyler County
  • Tompkins County
  • New York City
  • Bronx County
  • Brooklyn County
  • New York County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100
  • >100

Farming Status

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

My wife and I are currently co-owners of a video production/editing business formed in 2017. We are both former edcuators, and like to consider ourselves lifelong students. We have spent the past 3 years farming organically on leased land. We are looking to purchase land for ourselves to actually be able to put down roots, but we understand that finding good farmland is scarce at the moment. So we would also be willing to partner with a landowner or a currently operational farm if we fit in that capacity.

We currently own an ATV with a dump cart, a BCS 2-Wheel tractor with a tiller, precision depth roller and a rotary plow, as well as a brand new lawn mower, a 40 foot travel trailer that we are able to live in full time as well as all the other tools needed to start and maintain a regenerative, sustainable market garden. We are very passionate about starting an apiary as well if there is a fit on the property. We have also tapped maple in the past and have a desire to diversify as much as possible. I also have experience as a Veterinary Technician wokring for a Boarded Theriogenologist - with experience in responsible breeding of small animals.

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farmer training or workshop
  • On farm work experience

My professional career as a video editor runs parallel to my journey of becoming a farmer. I have always loved to have my hands in the soil, my grandfather had an extensive backyard garden in Florida when I was a child. 

I got my start as a medical cannabis caregiver in 2014 and from that point my career eventually evolved into working in the commercial cannabis industry. Unfortunately, the profit first/patient-last mentality in the industry left me yearning for more meaningful things to grow, and that search led me to realize just how important small farm food systems can be.

We believe a good small farm not only grows amazing produce to feed their community, but they also actively fight racism, bigotry and misogyny at every level. These are principles that we operate our life by, and a prospective farming partner would need to share these values with us as well.

For the 2023-2024 seasons we were in the beginning stages of setting up an organic farm on leased land, but due to reasons outside of our control we have had to move on from that lease after our first year. We would be happy to discuss this further, and all of the lessons we have learned from leasing farmland over the last 4 years.

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 apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline of a wheat germ Grains
  • black outline hay icon Hay
  • black outline maple icon Maple
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a bee Bees

Farm business plan or farm resume

My business plan or farm resume is in progress

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Looking for housing, but at the very least would be able to make water, septic and electricity work. We own an RV and could live in that on the farm depending on zoning.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale
  • Business Partnership
  • Farm Management
  • Cooperative Model
  • Other Tenure Agreement

We are looking to purchase land to turn into our forever farm. We would be open to owner financing, and even partnership for the right situation.

Has this farmer received a pre-qualification from a lending institution?

No

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

No

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