Kevin P Sirois

After 13 years of successfully designing and operating a 5000 square foot rooftop farm above a school here in Manhattan, I am ready to bring the skills I have learned to make a small fully sustainable 10 acrefarm on land in New York.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Hudson Valley
  • Long Island
  • New York City

Desired acreage

  • 6-10

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 a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

FARMING on a rooftop in NYC on top of a school across from where I live, Inwood, Manhattan, and maintaining a full time job  has been crazy and wonderful at the same time. When I started doing this about 13 years ago I only knew what my father had taught me as a kid.He was a horticulture student at Essex Aggie in Massachusetts .

The produce evolved over time and I even put in solar energy and rain barrels and a water pump. Later I put a drip irrigation system in. 

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farm internship/apprenticeship
  • On farm work experience

I went to Andover Phillips school on a scholarship 

I have a degree in International Relations and another degree in Spanish from Lake Forest College. 

I studied in Spain at Middlebury college. 


Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

Marketing Method

My primary focus would be growing hot peppers and then dehydrating them and making a hot pepper powder spice.  I have successfully been doing this for the last 5 years.

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 of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

I would need access to a greenhouse to propagate the pepper plants. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

I can pay a monthly for a rent to own option. 

Estimated price range for a lease or a purchase of a farm property


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