David Swetz

Looking for an acre to rent or lease for short term to start to operate a market garden. I am currently working at a small organic farm and I prefer to use organic methods of farming and no till. I am seeking land in the lower Hudson Valley.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Dutchess 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

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

Currently only able to grow food in about 1000ft2 at my home, but using organic practices and improving my soil with compost I've drastically increased my yields in the last five years. 

I prefer to use organic methods of farming like no till, top layering with compost, beneficial insects for IPM, and anything else I can do to encourage an active healthy ecosystem. 

After two seasons working with another grower to manage a one acre production farm for a large family I'm confident I have the skills and experience to operate a market garden of that size on my own, and with 4 years of retail experience I'm also confident that I'll be able to navigate that side of the business as well. 

Farm Experience & Education

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

I've also taken several classes at Westchester Community College on native plants and landscaping to encourage a healthy environment, and a college credit for Horticulture for a class I took at University of The Fraser Valley in Abbotsford BC, Canada. 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

Fruits and Vegetables 

Marketing Method

Retail to farmers markets in the Westchester area, focusing on cleanliness and packaging to provide an appealing product to customers 

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 fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

I will need water and electricity, and fencing if possible 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

Looking to rent for now

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


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