Happy Lark

Looking to exchange labor for use of land to grow vegetables for personal use and for donation. Also looking for a place to park a 30' camper/tiny house.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Capital Region
  • Hudson Valley
  • Mohawk Valley

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer

Farming Status

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

Currently farming part-time

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

My Family and I have been growing vegetables for sale and donation on a small scale for the past few years. Our access to land and equipment has been minimal and we are searching for a place where we could exchange on-farm labor for a couple of acres or more to plant vegetables, raise chickens or other livestock and park a 30' camper ( I am in the process of turning it into more of a tiny house with siding, etc.)for on-farm housing. 

We are very interested in no dig, regenerative farming, and anything that can leave the land better than we found it.

Last year we donated all of our harvests (aside from what we kept for personal use) to the local community. Mostly through the Free Food Fridge Albany program. It wasn't something that we set out to do at the beginning of the growing season but after we lost our primary farmstand location we decided to do what we had been talking about for a few years and just donate all of it. It ended up being the most fulfilling and enjoyable season we have had and we hope to be able to continue to donate a portion of our harvest in the coming years.

We are a quiet and respectful family of three, myself (42-year-old father), my 22-year-old son, my 15-year-old daughter, and two wonderful dogs.

 Caring for and homeschooling my daughter requires me to spend a lot of my time close to home which is why an on-farm labor exchange would be ideal. we love farming and hope to find a mutually beneficial arrangement where we can live a simple farm-centered life while helping someone with their farm or other projects. 

I also have 20 years of experience in all kinds of home renovations that I would love to put to good use for someone 

Farm Experience & Education

  • On farm work experience

We have been growing vegetables for sale and donation for the last few years

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Organic (not certified)
  • Other

We are very interested in no dig and regenerative farming methods

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

Hoping to find a place to grow vegetables, raise chickens and possibly other livestock.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I do not have a business plan or farm resume

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

The opportunity to use equipment for prepping fields etc. would be great, a place for a 30' camper, access to water and electricity would be a plus. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

Looking for an opportunity to exchange labor, produce etc. for use of the land

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

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