Michael Greco

Planning on starting my own livestock company raising sheep and pigs to start with come 2024. Hoping to find land that is 20 acres or more to lease for next year.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County

Desired acreage

  • 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 a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

Currently researching and soaking up as much knowledge as possible from current livestock & meat ranchers. Come 2024 I will be starting my own livestock company beginning with sheep and pigs on a holistic grazing plan for the sheep and pasture/forest raised pigs.

Farm Experience & Education

  • On farm work experience

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Organic (not certified)
  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • No Crops

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs

Hair sheep and heritage breed pigs

Farm business plan or farm resume

My business plan or farm resume is in progress

Farmland Needs

The land I am looking for doesn't really need to have much infrastructure at all. But anything like fencing, a barn or housing sure is a plus.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease

Looking for a short term lease (year to year) beginning in 2024 in hopes of extended to longer term lease if all works well for both the landowner and myself. I will be practicing holistic/intensive management grazing to provide the highest quality forage for the sheep and improving the soil and pasture(s). Moving sheep every day or two to keep them moving, fertilizing and grazing. For the pigs there is a possibility I already have a place to run them but if not would be looking to have them in the woods mainly. 

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

up to $4,000/year

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


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