Gabe Smith

I am an agroforester with CCE-Tompkins. I am new to Ithaca and want to build community ties with land owners and grazers as well as start looking for a place to start my own silvopasture/agroforestry project. Looking for 5-50 acres in Tompkins county

Preferred counties/regions

  • Cortland County
  • Onondaga County
  • Cayuga County
  • Southern Tier
  • Chenango County
  • Schuyler County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100

Farming Status

Emerging farmer: 2 years or more of on farm work experience

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Hobby or for personal use

Farming status, plans, and practices

Not currently a land owner or leasing farmer. I work as an agroforestry educator and will gladly accept contacts seeking information on these practices as well as information on chestnut and hazelnut production as this is a special focus of mine. I plan on establishing a small lot focused on experimental designs for agroforestry practices to help promote and develop best management practices and to understand low cost entry points for experienced or entry farmers/ranchers/landowners

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farm internship/apprenticeship
  • Formal agricultural education
  • On farm work experience

I was a winemaker and viticulturalist with work experience in several different states and countries. I recently completed a MS degree in sustainable food systems with a focus on agroecology and agroforestry. My research was on eastern black walnut health, and how to better assess tree health and understand the drivers of its distribution.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Other

My method is agroecological.  This is related to regenerative/sustainable, organic, biodynamic, with an added social aspect that stresses the importance of community engagement and understanding how policy and other factors influence the overall health of the farm. Farmers should be supported as people first, the land should be respected for what it provides, all of this should benefit the community it is in.

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline maple icon Maple
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

cropping and livestock systems are yet to be decided upon.  This will be determined by further learning and the land itself.

Marketing Method

no decision yet on this.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I do not have a business plan or farm resume

Farmland Needs

water access preferred, equipment barn preferred.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Sale
  • Cooperative Model

Most preferred is land for sale.  Cooperative models will have to be based on relationship with landowner and agreement on land use.

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


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