Tell A Tale Farm

Currently operating an organic veggie farm on 2 acres on leased land in Rutland, VT. Looking for long term land security to run my farm business. Currently sell through local markets and one larger wholesale account in NYC.

Preferred counties/regions

  • North Country
  • Essex County
  • Hamilton County
  • 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

  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100

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

Currently farming 5 acres on 3 different parcels in Rutland County, VT. Selling through one year round farmers market and 2 summer markets. Also selling through 7 wholesale accounts throughout the state of VT and through one larger wholesale account in NYC. Our production is heavy on greens production with some specialty crops for chefs in NYC. We are not certified organic but follow all organic practices. Ideally would like to be somewhere between 10-20 acres of production increase our production for our NYC wholesale account and we have been making moves trying to get into NYC farmers markets. 

Farm Experience & Education

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

I have a degree in sustainable agriculture from Green Mountain College. I have worked at a commercial grape vines nursery for the last 7 years, manged a 5 acre veggie operation, and for the last 2 years ran my own 2 acre market farm, csa, and wholesale accounts. 

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Organic (certified)
  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits

Primary livestock

  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

Would like to run a couple batches of pasture raised chickens for sale throughout our retail markets, and also use goats and sheep for property control. Not looking to do goats or sheep at a commercial scale and would not want to do more than 1500-2000 chickens a year. 

Marketing Method

Local CSA ideally 150-200 people for a summer share. 

Year round farmers markets ideally in NYC or larger population areas. 

Keep growing for our current large wholesale account in NYC, ( NATOORA) and expand to other wholesale accounts for specialty crops throughout the city.  

Farm business plan or farm resume

I have a business plan

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 water drop Water access

Housing is needed for myself and ideally the farm crew. I will also need the ability to set up climate controlled crop storage, 2 or 3 nursery greenhouses, a handful of high tunnels, and barn storage for equipment. Ideally also would have access to a reliable water source. 

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Lease
  • For Sale

I am looking for either a lease at a minimum of 5 years, lease to own option, or sale. 

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

700,000

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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