Melissa Dietrich

Currently running an organic CSA & hemp farm. We are currently looking for a location, with farmer housing, to expand our animal therapies and launch an equestrian center. Our farm is and will always be a space for education and growth!

Preferred counties/regions

  • Cayuga County
  • Finger Lakes
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Southern Tier

Desired acreage

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

Farming Status

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

Currently farming full-time

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

Currently have a CSA/market and hemp farm. We use organic practices in growing and feeding our animals. We started with a free food stand in our front yard and grew to teaching others how to make meals from said food. Now we offer reasonably priced fresh food, curated meal boxes, honey, eggs, meat birds and more! Before covid hit, we were managed a 148 acre therapeutic equine center, and look forward to bringing that to upstate New York! 

We offer a variety of experiences

  • educational pony parties (perfect for Scouts, families, birthdays etc)
  • equine therapies to include assisted riding, horseback yoga, ground work and more.
  • Weekly yoga class
  • Weekly tinkergarden and homeschool class (horticulture/animal based)
  • Summer camp- horticulture and equine courses available
  • IEA team
  • Schooling shows
  • Horsemanship & riding lessons
  • Boarding & leasing upon approval
  • Camping b&b/wellness retreat
  • CSA farm - produce boxes, curated meal boxes & energy exchange for fresh food
  • Hemp farm- insured & used for textiles, grain & CBD products
  • Hay field & grain mill to sustain animal feed
  • Meat birds & eggs
  • Apiary/honey
  • Energy exchange available
  • Small farm market on site

Farm Experience & Education

  • Farmer training or workshop
  • Formal agricultural education
  • Farm manager
  • On farm work experience

8 yrs as equine barn manager 

5 yrs farming/farmers market

horticulture and cannabis degree FLCC

 

 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Organic (not certified)
  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a wheat germ Grains
  • black outline hay icon Hay

Primary livestock

  • black outline horse icon Equine
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

listed above

 

 

Marketing Method

Farmers markets, wholesale & direct sales with current home bakery. While usibg a local marketing specialist. 

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

We are able to work with just about anything. Farmer housing/space for camper/bell tent would be prefered. Water access.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

Very open to options. Ideally would like to lease with an option to purchase in the future. However, we are open to business partnerships. 

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

No

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

Yes

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