Richard Hodgson

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I have been farming for 40+years. We have participated at the NYC Greenmarkets since opening day in1976.  Our focus now is growing peonies for cut flower production and blueberries. We would like to expand in growing more ornamentals for cut flower production.

Description of marketing method:

Farmers markets, wholesale

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, Westchester

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100

Infrastructure required:

Farm equipment, Water access

Description of farm equipment required:

None. Have my own equipment

Description of water access required:

A pond or river/stream for trickle irrigation

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm management

Experience description:

40 years of farming and marketing. Operated a greenhouse operation with 60,000 sq ft of greenhouse and produced 75 acres of vegetables and small fruit.