TeachLove Llc: Katie Collins

I am looking to obtain between 1-10 acres to start a growing operation to sell dried loose tea. The crops would be mainly herbs, flowers & medicinal plants. I would also use a portion of the land to grow food for myself, family & community for free.

Preferred counties/regions

  • 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

Desired acreage

  • 5 or fewer
  • 6-10

Farming Status

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

Currently farming part-time

Primary reason for farming

Farm will generate a portion of my income

Farming status, plans, and practices

The evolving vision for the Social Enterprise TeachLove is centered around BIPOC cooperative communities where women lead and, our elders and children are at the center.

Reclaiming our sovereignty with food,  growing together in community with and through the land, working with people vs. for them, direct contact with the energy and life force of nature, direct contact with the source/soil/seed/water that provides the one thing we all need-FOOD. Allowing transparency to influence change, learning sustainable living skills, practicing regenerative “Afro-Indigenous” systems on the land,  where Black, Brown and Indigenous people can have the freedom to steward and pass on life sustaining skills, culture practices, and the reclaimed stories of our ancestors to the next 7 generations. We model the connection of all living things as One, complete ecosystem. 

The first business is "Tea". I will share more during connections made. I would like to grow herbs, flowers, medicinal plants to create loose dried teas for purchase.

I would love to incorporate a "Circle" or Medicine Wheel for community to be able to engage with.

I also would like to sell flowers and a couple value added products such as Garlic infused olive oil, hot sauce, butter, or jam. 

 

Farm Experience & Education

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

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  • Creating sacred space engaging all five senses where guests can co create, share meals,and become active and informed participants of the garden.
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  • Implementing perennial poly culture systems, such as agro-forestry and Afro-Indigenous practices; creating a self-sustained food forest for the community; creating a healthy, thriving bio diverse ecosystem for Crystal Lake’s wildlife.
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  • Commitment to growing free food
  • Creating a just food system by engaging the Newburgh community in survey and service. 
  • Providing jobs for youth through a CSA business model, workshops around creating value added products and services to sell from food/ herbs/ flowers grown on site; bi-monthly youth-led farm-to-table dinners (engaging youth in all aspects including development of the for-profit business model to harvesting; cooking and serving the food).
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  • Learned regenerative and organic land management practices including; soil health, seeding, transplanting, composting, greenhouse management, cover cropping, irrigation, season extension, pest and disease control. 
  • Participated in workshops promoting food sovereignty, income sovereignty, energy sovereignty and home sovereignty in preparation to build a community healing farm in Newburgh, NY.
  • Helped manage, harvest, pack, and distribute CSA shares to community members.

 

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 of a wheat germ Grains

Primary livestock

  • No Livestock

Marketing Method

Community Dinners highlighting Chefs / Farmers / Land Stewards through Food and Stories! 

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 house icon Farmer housing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

I am currently in a rental lease for housing until November 2024 but ultimately would like to live where I will be growing. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

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

I am open to all avenues to obtain land. The goal being to operate business as a Cooperative.

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

No

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

Unsure

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