Leah H.

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

PLANS: I am looking for a location for a sustainable, horse-powered goat dairy in a community supportive to agriculture. Semi-diversified farming will include market pigs, market lambs, laying hens, herbs, and cut flowers. Agritourism is also an important element of the business plan.

PRACTICES: Draft horse-powered farm, grass-fed lamb, rotational grazing, hay production, value-added dairy products, manure-based fertilizer. Very open to organic properties and practices for all operations with the exception of dairy. Sustainable practices are priority. In 10 years I hope to create a closed loop system with all on-farm inputs. 

STATUS: I am currently working as a pt manager at a goat dairy as well as an employee at a riding stables. My ft management experience includes the roles of Kid Manager and Assistant Herd Manager at goat dairies. I am ready to take the next step and manage my own small farm. 

Description of marketing method:

I've changed careers to farming - my past  career was high-level marketing (multi-platform) to millennial customers. The marketing for my products will include tradition at-market methods as well as significant digital and video campaigns. I will be relying on my experience and skill in this area to give me an edge. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Sullivan, Washington

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access

Description of buildings required:

Looking for outbuildings - ideally multiple - that can house a team of draft horses and a herd of dairy goats.

Also looking primarily for properties with dairy barn/parlor, milk room, and cheese making room (or something that could be transitioned to such). Milking equipment is a huge plus.

Description of water access required:

Looking for water access in barns and/or working frost-free hydrants nearby animal shelters.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

Livestock will include draft horses and dairy goats, with potential for market lambs and pigs. Crops include cut flowers and herb market garden.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I have an investor partner and am looking for an operating goat or sheep dairy for a cash sale.

I would potentially consider employment-to-ownership for the right farm. 

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

I am an experienced goat dairy manager (assistant herd manager) having worked up from employee. My off-farm agricultural education, while not a formal degree, includes academic classes, field classes, workshops, and mentorship. I also consider my background in marketing a part of my education.