Dancing Garlic Farm

Dancing Garlic is collectively operated by Sarah Chien and Kim Sheu. We grow mixed vegetables, herbs, and flowers with organic, regenerative practices, and source foods that we love for our community in the Hudson Valley and Bushwick, NY.

Preferred counties/regions

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

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer

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

We envision a first year on leased land as a self-created incubator for a small vegetable and flower operation. We'll be focusing on establishing a market for our produce, getting our farm systems and infrastructure in place, honing our skills as growers, and developing our network of relationships with other farm business owners.

We are able to leverage Sarah's job as a the market hauler for a Columbia County farm to access refrigerated trucking into NYC, so our first year market will be a CSA in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

Farm Experience & Education

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

Sarah is entering her 4th season as a farmer, and her 3rd in production-scale farming. She spent this season as a Lead Tractor Operator in training at Tributary Farm in High Falls, NY. Last year she was an Advanced Apprentice at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, NY, a 23-acre farm that has trained farmers for 30 years. There she got her start on tractors, intensively honed her grower skills and helped run the farm’s unique fully U-pick flowers and vegetable CSA model. She also took on special projects including producing and curating an arts program for the annual member potluck, running winter garlic calculations for seed and storage, and serving as coordinator of the farm’s effort to translate all CSA member signs into Spanish.



Sarah has spent the past 3 winters between growing seasons working in the NYC Greenmarkets, first as a seller and now as a driver + seller. Before, and throughout her farming career, she has maintained her vibrant career as a solo contemporary dancer. In 2023, she produced a New York tour for her international dance collective, “∞therside”: fundraising and managing a $16,000 project budget, and managing logistics for 3 international performers and 3 production staff throughout a 3-week tour.



Kim began farming as Hudson Valley Apprentice with Choy Division and Rise & Root Farm—a full-time position split between two diversified vegetable farms. She worked weekends as a market manager at GrowNYC, where she has overseen 1–4 farmers markets per week, year-round, since 2022. She serves on the bargaining committee for GrowNYC Workers Collective, where she represents nearly 200 food access and environmental justice workers.



Before farming and farm-adjacent work, Kim managed a 9-member front of house team at a high-volume community bakery and café called L’imprimerie. She began working in food after over a decade in book publishing, with 5 years specializing in cookbooks.



 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • 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

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

Wholesale for Pesto and Specialty Cheese Collaborator

Pea Shoots (pesto)

Kale (pesto)

Arugula (pesto)

Edible Flowers (product for goat cheese toppers)

Hot Peppers (used for spicy chevre)

Garlic Scapes (used for garlic chevre)

Culinary Herbs (used for herbed cheeses)

Mini CSA (15 people), Bushwick NY*

Mixed veg/herbs/flowers, with an Asian American influence.

Offer small “taste of the farm” shares for NY-ers who

are intimidated by the amount of cooking and

commitment required for full-scale CSAs. An

every-other week delivery to Bushwick offering a

$20-30 selection of herbs, vegetables and

flowers.

Optional: U-pick flowers



*We will be able to leverage Sarah’s position as a driver for a local farm to access free use of a

refrigerated box truck that Sarah already drives to NYC every other weekend. We will be able to

leverage our community connections (both Kim and Sarah have lived in Bushwick) to find a

distribution site.

Winter Holiday Markets

chili crisp, dried flowers, pepper wreaths/sprays,

herb bundles, garlic, storage potatoes



See our Year 1 Sales Projections Here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VBrfzmFlUnXM5gFLX01j2cGHsVYsKbcAU-oFqWx_Gnk/edit?usp=sharing

Marketing Method

See above re: CSA marketing



We also plan to do direct outreach to an extensive list of wholesale partners whom we know through our many experiences working within the NY foodshed.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a farm resume

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

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

We have currently been looking for, and developing creative plans for very raw land spaces that have only fencing and non-potable water.



However, our farm could do so much more with access to any/all of the following.



Top priorities:

- BCS or Tractor for tillage (We can operate both)

- Greenhouse or seed-starting space 

- cold storage for vegetables (we can provide a fridge or build a coolbot if needed)

- potable water and space for washing + packing vegetables

- storage space 

- bathroom/breakroom/office for our use during long work days



Nice to have:

- high tunnel for winter and specialty crop growing

- commercial kitchen for value-added product development

- ability to host non-overnight guests and have on farm events 

 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

Our farm partnership will be a cooperative one. We are open to a simple lease or to alternative arrangements. Immediately we are looking for a 1-3 year lease as we develop our farm business. But separately, Sarah is actively available for farm management and Kim is looking to buy land. 



In 5 years or so, once our business is more established, we'll be looking to buy together.

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

Yes

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