Kristie Cabrera

I am an accessibility and inclusion consultant and have been helping nature spaces become more accessible and inclusive. I am looking for a land space in which I can experiment with designing a garden/small farm in a way that is accessible and inclusive to the public.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • New York City
  • Bronx County
  • Brooklyn County
  • New York County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20

Farming Status

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

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

More info on what I am looking for: 

Most nature spaces are not accessible and inclusive for disabled or neurodivergent people. I am an occupational therapist and have been helping nature spaces improve their accessibility/inclusivity practices for the past 4 years. I am now ready to take this work deeper and experiment with what kind of space I can design on my own. There are hundreds of ways in which a nature space can be more accessible/inclusive and I am looking for a space that is excited about this potential. Ideally, the space/owners would be in a position to help me bring this idea to life. For example, the space is a non-profit and can support me in applying for grants to fund different projects. However, this is not necessary. The perfect scenario is that I am allowed access to a space with housing provided for free in exchange of me creating a more accessible and inclusive space. However, I am open to discussing other options. 

You can learn more about my work here: https://www.kristiecabrera.com/

Farm Experience & Education

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

I have some experience with farming and gardening. I have volunteered in urban farms, aquaponics, apprenticed at Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute and have herbalism experience (growing herbs and some crafting experience). I have participated in many farming workshops. I live in NYC where I mostly do container gardening so I am looking forward to growing food and flowers on a larger scale. I am dedicated to learning how to manage growing plants on a larger scale and will be a lifelong learner to ensure that I am growing sustainability. I do not use any chemicals and have a desire to support the land. I also prioritize growing native plants. 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a bee Bees

I am open to working on a farm that has livestock, but not for meat. I would love to learn more about beekeeping and taking care of goats/sheep. 

Farm business plan or farm resume

My business plan or farm resume is in progress

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • black outline house icon Farmer housing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

My primary concern is having access to free housing. That would help me to be able to focus on my project while being able to financially support myself. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

There are two options:

  1. A farm owner is interested in passing on their land to someone who is passionate about accessibility, inclusivity, and disability justice. 
     
  2. A farm owner who is interested in sharing a space where I can work on my projects.

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

No

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

Unsure

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