Good Farm

We’re hoping to farm an acre of veggies, flowers, and herbs organically and intensively.

Preferred counties/regions

  • North Country
  • Clinton County
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Hamilton County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Capital Region
  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Mohawk Valley
  • Fulton County
  • Montgomery County
  • Schoharie County
  • Otsego County
  • Herkimer County
  • Oneida County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Cayuga County
  • Finger Lakes
  • Genesee County
  • Livingston County
  • Orleans County
  • Wyoming County
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Yates County
  • Southern Tier
  • Broome County
  • Chemung County
  • Chenango County
  • Delaware County
  • Schuyler County
  • Steuben County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Western
  • Allegany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Erie County
  • Niagara County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10

Farming Status

Beginning farmer: 10 years or less of experience managing a farm business

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

We’ve always had dreams of buying our own land and building a homestead and, for the past three years (2020-2022) had been working on a certified naturally grown, no-till, small scale intensive vegetable farm. We grew on about an acre here with a few tunnels. We had a great experience there and decided to try it on our own on leased land in Ohio for the past year. We had successes and failures, it was a wild ride ! All of that got us really excited to find our own land and build our forever farm.

We are looking to farm on less than an acre, maybe just a half acre to start out with. We want to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  If there aren’t beds already in place we would tarp them as long as possible, then add compost to form the beds. We plan to use hand tools and wheelbarrows and don’t intend to use tractors or other heavy machinery. We’ve considered using a tilther to integrate compost into the soil but that may come in time. We plan to grow intensively and flip the beds as soon as possible so the beds are always in production and we aren’t wasting any space.

We want to market wherever we’re able, whether it’s a local farmer’s market (or multiple), co-ops and grocery stores, and CSA shares. We would also look into wholesale accounts and selling directly to chefs and restaurants. For herbs and flowers we would look into finding local herbalists and florists to sell to, in addition to bringing those things to market as well.

We won’t use any chemicals or pesticides; we plan to use insect netting and hoops when needed and companion planting, any other way around using chemicals. We will only use non-GMO seeds. We believe in protecting the native pollinators and leaving the world better for the ages to come, or at least doing the best we can. 

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farm internship/apprenticeship
  • Farm owner
  • Farm manager
  • On farm work experience

We were employees on a cng farm for three years and then owner / managers of our own farm last year. We decided to take a break this year because we had a baby and wanted to focus on finding our own land. 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

May pursue cng 

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

We like to grow a wide sampling of almost every vegetable and try different varieties- we like being different at market and giving customers a unique option of their favorite vegetable. 

Marketing Method

Everyone always thought our market booth looked great and creative, we really strive to make it stand out. We also did weekly posts on Facebook highlighting our best offerings or something big happening on the farm that week. 

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 house icon Farmer housing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Water and electricity are needed for sure. Housing could be a house or an apartment, as long as there’s heating and cooling. Barn would be helpful but could work around that. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

A lease to own option would be great. 

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

Unsure

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