Claudette Gross

We are cut flower farmers, who currently operate our flower farm in Riverhead NY on the north fork of Long Island. We are planning on relocating to upstate NY with our family and are looking for creative partnerships and lease opportunities.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Delaware County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50

Farming Status

Beginning farmer: 10 years or less of experience managing a farm business

Currently farming full-time

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

We currently own and operate a U-Pick flower farm in Riverhead NY and are planning a move upstate. We are looking for a property we can either lease or create a unique partnership that is mutually beneficial. 

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farm owner
  • Farm manager
  • On farm work experience

We have more than 4 years experience in flower farming. 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Conventional
  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock


Marketing Method

Before we went into farming as a family, our business was in marketing and advertising. We still operate this agency and our speciality is marketing in both traditional and digital media. We use a combination of SEO, Pay per click, Paid Video ads, traditional networking and more to accomplish our goals as farmers and business owners. We would bring the entirety of our experience into our new operation. 

Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a business plan

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

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

We need access to one or more buildings to allow for storage and possibly green house growing as well. Housing is a bonus, but we do have portable housing at our disposal to allow for us to properly care for the land.  We need access to water and electricity. Ideally we are looking in the Hudson Valley area. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • Business Partnership
  • Cooperative Model
  • Other Tenure Agreement

We are open to a variety of arrangements. A unique partnership where we improve the land and structures is definitely something we would consider. We are a family farm operation and are seeking an arrangement with someone who shares our vision for the land and the operation. In other words, we want it to work and be beneficial to all parties!

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


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