Stephens Farm

We are young organic farmers looking to expand our acreage in Orange or Sullivan County. We currently grow organic hay, corn, soybeans, wheat, and oat. We are certified organic by Bay State. Our goal is to do good for the soil, the landowner and the world.

Preferred counties/regions

  • Hudson Valley
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County

Desired acreage

  • >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 the majority of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

We manage our crops organically, not using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or any other chemicals. Our goals are; improving soil health, protecting the environment, and providing a high quality, nutrient dense crop for both livestock and human consumption. We are ideally seeking land in Orange or Sullivan Counties. 

Farm Experience & Education

  • Formal agricultural education
  • Farm manager
  • On farm work experience

My brother and I grew up farming with our family. Our father began in 1976 at the age of 16, and became certified organic in 1991. We have decades of organic experience, but are always willing to learn and try new things. We have been in the commercial vegetable business, raised sheep, hogs, poultry, beef and dairy cows. More recently we have shifted to more of hay and organic row crops, due to lack of available labor. Our passion is farming, our lives are farming, our dream is farming. 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Organic (certified)

Primary crops

  • black outline of a wheat germ Grains
  • black outline hay icon Hay

Primary livestock

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

We produce organic hay, to supply the many organic livestock producers in the northeast. Our grain crops get sold to feed mills to produce organic feed. We also have recently emerged into the food grade organic grain market. 

Marketing Method

Most sales are directly to end users. We have established connections and sales avenues for all of our crops, and are looking to expand. 

Farm business plan or farm resume

I do not have a business plan or farm resume

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • No infrastructure

At this point, we don't need access to any infrastructure besides farm land.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease

At this point we are looking to lease land, until we find a farm that we can purchase eventually. 

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

Yes

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