Lature Van Duren

Seeking farmland to create a regenerative farming operation that empowers underserved communities. We aim to address socioeconomic disparities, food insecurity, and the effects of climate change, while fostering personal and planetary well-being.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Washington County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Fulton County
  • Montgomery County
  • Schoharie County
  • Otsego County
  • Herkimer County
  • Oneida County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Chenango County
  • Delaware County

Desired acreage

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

Farming Status

Aspiring farmer: 1 year or less of farming experience

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

Hello Farmland Owners,

My name is Lature Van Duren, and I'm the co-founder of Rooted Emergence, a BIPOC, family-led, land-based not-for-profit dedicated to addressing socio-economic disparities and the impacts of climate change through youth education and food security initiatives. We're currently seeking 11+ acres of land to bring our mission to life, and we believe that you can help us achieve our goals.

Rooted Emergence is a fiscally-sponsored project of Inquiring Systems Inc., a 501c3 organization based in California. We intend to root our off-grid homestead in New York, NY, with plans to replicate the project model in areas across the globe - namely Costa Rica and Zimbabwe. Our project's mission is to address socio-economic disparities, food insecurity, and the growing effects of climate change, as well as the mental and psychological disorders affecting our youth in underserved communities.

We believe that the New York area is a prime location for our project because it has burgeoning regenerative agriculture movements and is making great strides in preparing youth for a sustainable future. Not to mention it is home to many of our family members. Our project uses six pillars to holistically address disparities within underserved communities: farming and ecology, nutrition, building, movement, self-development, and community service.

Phase I of this project first requires land, which is where you come in. By partnering with us, you'll contribute to the betterment of our youth and underserved communities while negotiating a deal that is mutually beneficial for all parties. 

We plan to establish a foundation of cooperation and communal living with youth, foster well-being by re-establishing their relationship with nature, biodiversity, and self-sustaining systems, and establish food justice through regenerative farming and permaculture design education. 

By contributing to this project, you'll be able to help create a foundation for healthy, self-sustainable communities within the inner-city New York area, which will stifle the cycle of food insecurity and health issues. Beyond the direct impact, the reverberating effects of this project lie in the rehabilitation and healing of our children, creation of cash flow and real estate value, and benefiting the planet and species around our community.

Interested in learning more? Visit or drop me an email at [email protected] with your name and phone number, and let's have a chat! Together, we can create a better future for our communities.

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farm internship/apprenticeship
  • On farm work experience

Between my partner and I, we have a little over 2 years worth of hands-on farm experience and permaculture design. With our team, around 4 years worth of experience.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Biodynamic
  • Organic (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 of a wheat germ Grains
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • black outline horse icon Equine
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

We plan to have a diversified permaculture farm and food forests full of vegetables, fruits, ornamental, medicinal, and other crops. We will later incorporate chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and cattle, including horses, after establishing our market garden sector.

Marketing Method

  1. Social Media Marketing: Utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share the project's story and mission, post updates, and engage with potential donors and supporters.

  2. Email Marketing: Send out regular newsletters and updates to email list to keep donors and supporters informed about the project's progress and impact.

  3. Public Relations: Reach out to local media outlets, bloggers, and influencers to get the word out about the project and its impact on the community.

  4. Community Outreach: Attend local events and host community meetings to engage with potential supporters and build relationships within the community.

  5. Crowdfunding: Utilize crowdfunding platforms to raise funds for the project and engage with a wider audience.

  6. Partnerships: Partner with other organizations or businesses that share similar values and goals to amplify the impact of the project and expand its reach.

  7. Personal Networks: Utilizing personal connections, such as family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances to promote the project.

  8. Local and community marketing: Involves building relationships with people and businesses in the local community to generate awareness and interest in the project. This can be done through person-to-person communication, establishing brand partnerships, attending local events and pop-ups, participating in farmers markets, and offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

  9. Case studies and research programs: Refers to showcasing the success of the project through case studies and research programs. This can include sharing data and results from the project, highlighting the impact on the local community and environment, and providing evidence of the effectiveness of the project.

  10. Webinars and Workshops: Involves hosting online seminars or workshops to educate and engage with potential supporters of the project. This strategy can include inviting experts to speak on related topics, sharing knowledge and insights related to the project, and answering questions from participants.

  11. Educational Retreats: Involves hosting retreats where participants can learn about the project and participate in hands-on activities related to farming, ecology, nutrition, building, movement, self-development, and community service. This strategy can provide an immersive experience for participants, build relationships, and generate interest in the project.


Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a business plan

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Housing is not a huge requirement, but it will be helpful if it's there. Water and electricity are our main requirements. A barn or other structures are bonuses. We intend to start from scratch so anything extra is a bonus!

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale
  • Business Partnership
  • Cooperative Model

We ideally would like to find someone who is ready to contribute to the future they want to see for their grandchildren's children. We would love to partner with someone who has the land and capital to get behind our project. We are happy to negotiate seller-finance option, a major gift donor model, partnership or straight up sale. Most importantly, looking for the right person with shared values. A desire to want to be a part of the solution to the planet and human existence. 

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

$186,000 Max purchase price; $500-$1,500/month

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