Sarah Kurmin

I am prepared to start my own market farm with 10 years of farming under my belt. I would like to focus first on production of both short and long season annuals. Over time I would love to integrate long-term systems with perennial crops and animals.

Preferred counties/regions

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

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-50

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 the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices


I have helped manage 5 separate farms over the course of the last 10 years.  

1 - An 8-acre permaculture educational center with a 1 acre 30 year old established food forest and 5 year round greenhouses. (Colorado) - 3 years

2 - A 3 acre organic hemp farm for fiber and CBD production. (Colorado) - 1 year

3 - A 2 acre Market Garden with 29 different annual varieties and 2 farmers markets a week and wholesale restaurant clients. (Colorado) - 3 years

4 - A 15 acre non-profit farm with 5 varieties using mostly organic practices. Over 130,000 lbs of produce grown for donation to CO food banks.(Colorado) (I say the word mostly because it was converted to organic practices the year I started, but there was still plenty of residue in the soil from previous years that I don't discount the effects of). - 2 years

5 - A 5 acre Market Garden with 37 different varieties and 7 farmers markets a week and wholesale restaurant clients (New York) - 1 year, current position

I have worked and helped on dozens of other farms as an intern, student, and friend.

I am an organic and regenerative farmer, with no intention of chemical use outside of that realm. I am very big on data collection as a part of my approach to farming. Detailed record keeping of the growing season, the harvesting, the sales, and all the in between aspects, are imperative to a successful and sustainable farm - in my opinion. I like to do test plots with different growing theories when possible and always aim for improvement of function, time and most importantly, quality. Nourishment is my end-goal - By the end of the season I want to be nourished, I want my community to be nourished, and I want the land I work to be nourished. 

I recently moved back to the New York region. I am so excited to get my roots back in the ground here. I am looking forward to meeting and talking with any prospective landowners and telling you more about myself, my ambitions, and my business plans.

Farm Experience & Education

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

In my 10 years of farming I have done many workshops and trainings with various farms and organizations - topics including, organic systems, no-till systems, biodynamic systems, permaculture systems (I have my PDC), mushroom farming, agro-forestry, and more. I am still learning and will be a forever student of growing food. In 2023 received an associates degree in accounting from Colorado Mountain College, with an emphasis in all my classes given to agricultural accounting, so that I could be best prepared for running the business side successfully. 

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 flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees
  • No Livestock

I have experience only with small livestock - chickens, ducks, bees, and rabbit. I would love to be able include them in my farm is possible with the location. In a long-term vision, on the appropriate land, I would plan to incorporate larger animals such as cattle, donkey, equine, goats, and pigs. This is an aspect I would have to start off small with and build into, I feel I would need much more hands on experience before taking on this responsibility. 

Marketing Method

To start off I would market at Farmers' Markets regionally as well as restaurants and small groceries. I would like to build up a customer base to be able to sell directly to people eventually, either by CSA model or weekly box subscriptions. A long term goal of mine is to be able to grow year round in controlled greenhouses, develop preserved products with summer harvests, and grow in the fall selected winter storage varieties (roots, potatoes, squash, etc) - with the intention to continue to sell and feed people throughout the winter months. 

I would like to start off with a fairly vast array of product options (vegetable and salad varieties, preservations, flowers, animal products) to see which ones catch the best hold in that region, and then in year 2 or 3 start to be able to hone in on a handful of niche products.

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 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

A lockable storage structure of some sort would be very important to protect the tools and equipment. 

As farm as equipment, I am willing to buy anything that I need, but starting off on a place with a few basics would be helpful.

Farmer housing would be ideal. My life revolves around farming, and I go all in when I farm somewhere, this will be a full-time income for me. I find living on site is the best so I can stay on top of all the aspects. It's not a deal-breaker but definitely something I am looking for.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

I would like to find a place to lease or buy. I am open to other tenure options as a possibility. 

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

Not sure - this would depend on a lot of details such as size and viability of location.

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


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


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