Daniel Morales

Experienced and young farming couple looking to access land (lease or purchase) for a small vegetable operation. We farm organically and have numerous markets throughout the Hudson Valley and NYC to tap into.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Dutchess County
  • Sullivan County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10

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 the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

I am currently the Director of Agriculture at a non-profit farm in NYC. I manage a small livestock department, crop production on ~4 acres of historic farmland, a large labor force of seasonal farmers, interns, and volunteers, and liaison with other parts of the organization to support larger goals. Prior to this role, I was the first farm manager at a private startup farm in Columbia County for three years. I was a key member of establishing the farm and turning a 10 acre hayfield into a productive year-round farm designed for a restaurant in NYC. I helped make decisions on infrastructure (fencing, irrigation, wash house design, landscaping, drainage, high tunnels and greenhouses, nursery) and helped create the farming systems for the ambitious and fast-moving project. I also established many marketing outlets during the pandemic when the partner restaurant was not open yet - many of which I still have connections with. My partner also shared in this experience as a manager.

Our plans are very straight-forward and achievable. We wish to farm a select number of crops for wholesaling to restaurants and specialty grocers. Our general plan is to grow 5-8 low-maintenance crops in large quantities - a simple crop plan will allow us to hone in on management and streamline our labor. Our practices are based on sustainability: financially, physically, emotionally, and ecologically. We value cover cropping, appropriate tillage, soil amending, use of high tunnels, use of tractors and labor-saving tools, and an approach based on simplicity and not overextending our abilities. We value our craft and believe our approach will allow the farm to succeed financially and provide us with a healthy lifestyle and reliable operation. As we establish ourselves and the business, our goal is to grow on 6 acres with the similar approach and employees that we are able to pay a real living wage to.

Farm Experience & Education

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

2017 Stone Barns Center for Agriculture (Pocantico Hills, NY) Crops Apprentice

2018 Four Season Farm (Harborside, Maine) - Farm Employee

2019-2021 Rigor Hill Farm (Ghent, NY), Farm Manager

2022-Present Queens County Farm Museum, Director of Agriculture



Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

As described above, we are looking to grow just a handful of crops. 

Marketing Method

We are looking to sell to wholesale markets, including restaurants and specialty grocers. We have numerous relationships with and connections to chefs and other markets throughout the region. Our approach will be based on having larger amounts of select (and in-demand) crops that we can scale up with ease.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a business plan

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

If we are leasing, we would highly prefer deer fencing and practical water access for irrigating crops. It would be helpful, though not necessary, to have access to equipment (a tractor and implements, mainly), storage space for tools, a walk-in cooler, electrical, and a space to process produce in out of the elements. Access to an affordable living space would be a bonus.

If we are buying, we are just looking for raw, flat, well-draining, cleared land around 10 acres.


Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale

For a lease, we want to work with someone who has a serious understanding of farming. We also want to work with someone who understands the need to have a lease that is at least three years, as we do not want to establish an operation only to have the land access removed shortly. Thus, a 3-5 year lease is what we are seeking. We would want a formal agreement. 

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

150,000 for a purchase. Price range for a lease is TBD based on what we would have access to within the lease.

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