Daniel Bartush

Looking for a small amount of tillable acreage (1-5 acres) with water and electricity to start a farm business. My primary interests are in dahlias, dried flowers and a culinary focused garden. The ability to host farm dinners would be a huge bonus

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

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

Im currently farming full time in Westchester county as a farm manager but do not own the farm/business.  My ideal land arrangement would be a mid to long term lease or to own.  Somewhere in the 2-5 acre range is what Im considering right now but Im open to other arrangements as well.  Water and electricity access is a must!  I initially want to focus on 3 or 4 (dahlias/tomatoes/dried flowers/culinary garden) cash crops that do not require washing and are not highly perishable.  The farming practices would be low till and organic (cover crop/leaf mulch/compost/organic amendments) with a large percentage of the beds being permanent.  I have a lot of experience in highly intensive diversified vegetable growing that does not require heavy machinery and I would like to continue down that path.

Before I was farming I worked as a professional chef and it is still a big part of my life.  While farming, for the last 7 years, I founded a small catering company in my spare time that has provided a nice side income.  In the future I hope to expand upon the catering business and link it intimately with a farming operation.  Im open to small events (farm dinners) and large events (weddings).  


Farm Experience & Education

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

I spent many years as both a chef (15) and a farmer (7).  I don't have a lot of equipment experience but I also don't plan on relying on heavy equipment.  I specialize in propagation and chef focused produce.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Organic (not certified)
  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

Marketing Method

Initially focusing on selling veggies through a local farmers market and to some select restaurants.  Dahlias can be sold direct to florists with the option of tapping into the massive NYC wedding industry.  Instagram and a website are a must.  

Farm business plan or farm resume

My business plan or farm resume is in progress

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • black outline barn icon Barns - Equipment Storage
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

best case scenario:

water access/deer fence/electricity/equipment shed/road access

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale
  • Business Partnership
  • Other Tenure Agreement

Im hoping to lock in a 3-5 year lease to start with the option of more long term arrangement after the trial period.  If the property has a residence on site I would also be interested in the option to own.

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

lease ($1000 or less an acre) own (up to $750,00)

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