Thomas Clark

31YO, looking to find farmland to practice sustainable/regenerative agriculture with wife. Wife currently obtaining PhD in forest management, we hope to use that towards our care for our land. She will graduate in 2026 but we hope to start soon in NY

Preferred counties/regions

  • North Country
  • Clinton County
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Hamilton County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Warren County
  • Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Ulster County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County
  • Otsego County
  • Herkimer County
  • Oneida County
  • Central
  • Cortland County
  • Madison County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Cayuga County
  • Finger Lakes
  • Genesee County
  • Livingston County
  • Orleans County
  • Wyoming County
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Yates County
  • Southern Tier
  • Broome County
  • Chemung County
  • Chenango County
  • Delaware County
  • Schuyler County
  • Steuben County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Western
  • Allegany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Erie County
  • Niagara County

Desired acreage

  • >100

Farming Status

Aspiring farmer: 1 year or less of farming experience

Not currently farming

Primary reason for farming

Hobby or for personal use

Farming status, plans, and practices

I am a 31 year old, gentleman who just got off Active Duty with the US Army, who is looking for a piece of land to practice sustainable agriculture and regenerative farming when my wife is finished with her PhD in forest management (2026). I plan to use regenerative practices with both crops and herding/grazing animals to revitalize soil health, sequester carbon, provide enough food for my family and my local community. While my wife is getting her PhD over the next 3 years, we hope to establish a relationship the next few years with a farm/farmer for a smooth transition 

Farm Experience & Education

I do not have significant hands on experience with farming, but am physically fit, healthy, and extremely eager to practice this lifestyle. I am willing to put in all the time and work needed to succeed.

Farming Plans and Practices

Farming method or practice

  • Regenerative/Sustainable

Primary crops

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

Primary livestock

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

I plan to plant a wide variety of crops using permaculture techniques to increase soil health. Cover crops on the off season, a lot of hay. I plan to have a market garden to feed my family and my community, and I plan to have an orchard for both cider and market garden/sustinence purposes. I plan to use heirloom goat and sheep breeds along with highlander cattle to practice rotational grazing in conjunction with planting to improve the soil health. 1 or 2 draft horses to carry out a large portion of "heavy lifting" farm work. Would prefer a woodlot as well for forest/woodland management to improve surrounding ecosystem.

Marketing Method

Most of the work done on this farm will be focused around maximizing soil health, sequestering carbon, and creating enough meat/eggs/produce to feed my family and my immediate community. There will not be extensive "business" involved in the capitalistic sense.

Farm business plan or farm resume

I do not have a business plan or farm resume

Farmland Needs

Infrastructure required

  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Willing to build my own house if needed. Plan is to reduce "mechanization" of farming as much as possible and utilize draft horses to do a lot of the work. Also willing to build my own barn if I have enough capital and resources to do so.

Desired Tenure

Tenure options desired

  • For Sale
  • Business Partnership
  • Other Tenure Agreement

I understand that the price of land today makes land ownership one of the most significant barriers to "getting started" for the next generation of farmers. I am looking for an experienced, retiring farmer who understands this dilemma our nation is currently facing and who is willing to work with me on more than just financial means to earn the land I am working. This does not mean I am looking for land for free, but I hope that there would be extensive discussion about pricing of land/farm in a way that wouldn't be prohibitive to me succeeding as a farmer down the line (i.e. impossible mortgage payments/debt).

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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