JJ Mack

10 years farming experience, 15 years working in sustainable ag movement. Looking for forever farm (ideally 5-40ac) to settle down with my family; open to many possibilities, always focused on what's best for the land and community.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Otsego County
  • Herkimer County
  • Oneida County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Genesee County
  • Orleans County
  • Wyoming County
  • Southern Tier
  • Broome County
  • Chemung County
  • Chenango County
  • Delaware County
  • Steuben County
  • Tioga County
  • Western
  • Allegany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Erie County
  • Niagara County
  • Long Island
  • Nassau County
  • Suffolk County
  • New York City
  • Bronx County
  • Brooklyn County
  • New York County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond County

Desired acreage

  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100

Farming Status

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

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

We are a small-farm family currently located in Eugene OR with over a decade of experience with sustainable agriculture and the organic food movement. We most recently owned and operated Birdcall Farm just outside of Eugene, on which we grew certified organic flowers for wholesale and retail sale and certified organic vegetable seed on contract; we were forced to close this business at the end of 2019 when our landlord decided to sell the property and have been seeking new ground ever since. Due to the difficulties with access to farmland for young farmers on the West Coast, we are looking to return to my home state of New York in pursuit of our farm dream.

Farm Experience & Education

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

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

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

Primary livestock

  • black outline dairy icon Cattle - Dairy
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

Extensive crops experience on highly diversified fruit and vegetable operations, including high-value specialty crops, orchards, row crops, market/truck farming. 

Livestock experience has been primarily homestead scale (some experience managing layer hen operations). Would focus on fruit/veg crops for business but open to and interested in incorporating livestock in whatever way makes sense for the property. 

Marketing Method

Variable depending on land type and location

Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a business plan

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

The only essential infrastructure is housing. We would need family housing, ideally 3-4 bedrooms, and due to having young children would require housing that is in good shape (ie no renovations needed). Preferred but inessential infrastructure would include hoophouses/greenhouses, animal housing, wash/pack areas, barns or other outbuildings for on-farm processing.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Sale
  • Other Tenure Agreement

Lease-to-own, other situations which end in full farm ownership.

Has this farmer received a pre-qualification from a lending institution?

Yes

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

Unsure

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