Matthew Graziano

I have been trying to find land to lease for awhile but I usually end up getting a curveball thrown at me. I intend on raising a variety of livestock and doing a market garden. Please understand I will be using the USDA to receive operating funds.

Preferred counties/regions

  • North Country
  • Clinton County
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Hamilton County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Capital Region
  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Mohawk Valley
  • Fulton County
  • Montgomery County
  • Schoharie County
  • Otsego County
  • Herkimer County
  • Oneida County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Cayuga County
  • Finger Lakes
  • Genesee County
  • Livingston County
  • Orleans County
  • Wyoming County
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Yates County
  • Southern Tier
  • Broome County
  • Chemung County
  • Chenango County
  • Delaware County
  • Schuyler County
  • Steuben County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Western
  • Long Island
  • Nassau County
  • Suffolk County

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100
  • >100

Farming Status

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

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

I am not currently farming on any land but I am hoping that will change soon. My goal is to build up equity while being able to save enough money from the income generated to eventually purchase my own farm. When it comes to livestock and crop production I am a major fan of regenerative and organic agriculture.

Farm Experience & Education

  • Formal agricultural education
  • On farm work experience

I graduated Alfred State College with an associate's degree in Agricultural Business and I have another degree in Environmental Studies from Niagara County Community College. I worked on a horse farm during my childhood when my aunt used to own horses and for almost three years I worked at a commercial chicken (layer) farm. For little more than a year I owned and operated an ecommerce store.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

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

Primary crops

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

Primary livestock

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • black outline dairy icon Cattle - Dairy
  • 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

Ideally I would like to raise and start a mixed breeding herd consisting of beef cattle, sheep, meat goats, and pigs (if there is enough land) while also raising poultry for egg production. For the market garden I plan on growing microgreens, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. If I can find additional land to lease I would like to use it for growing hay and for grazing. I am on the fence about trying to grow mushrooms and raising honeybees.  If there is the necessary infrastructure and a commercial kitchen nearby that I can rent then I would like to get into dairy production in order to provide whey for the pigs.

Marketing Method

When it comes to selling produce I will be selling through an online platform, farmer's markets, produce auctions, CSA's, and possibly a co-op. 

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 barn with silo icon Barns - Livestock
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • black outline house icon Farmer housing
  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Apart from the land being zoned agriculture and not residential agricultural I will need a barn to put the livestock in and use for equipment storage. Farmer housing will most likely be needed due to distance and the fact that it would not make sense to rent a house if I am unable to acquire funds from the USDA. Please understand that USDA does not do preapproval and everything is done per farm.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

At the moment I am only interested in a lease agreement but I might be open to other arrangements such as a partnership.

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


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