Taylor Shuler

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Status: Currently an incubator farmer leasing land in Ithaca, looking for permanent land to purchase. 

Plans: Business plan in progress--final details depend upon land and agreement made with current owner.

Practices: Organic, permaculture and will transition to biodynamic.

Description of marketing method:

Farmers Markets, CSA, Farm-to-Tabe, Farm-to-School and hopefully Farm-to-Food Bank on day; Agritourism and residential permaculture courses

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:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

Water for irrigation and preferably potable for use in a residential structure. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Livestock: Chickens, ducks, pigs, goats

Crops: Herbs, vegetables, fruit, berries, mushrooms

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Ideal tenure arrangement: Transition farm from previous/retiring owner in lease-to-own, work-to-own, partnership or outright sale. Would prefer not to lease with no possibility of ownership.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Permaculture Diploma (in progress). Permaculture Design Certificate (Permaculture Association UK) and Permaculture Teaching Certificate. WWOOF experience (2014) in France and Portugal on permaculture farms including chickens, ducks, bees and pigs; Independent contractor working on private residence with permaculture garden (2015); Grew up with a garden plot tended to every weekend. Self-taught through reading, workshops, videos and online research in various techniques/applications including natural building.

Master's Degree in Sustainable & Cross-Cultural Business Management (American University of Paris). Thesis on the topic of integrating permaculture with Regenerative Enterprises and co-operative/democratic/evolutionary/"teal" organizations.

Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University, 2009, Sociology.

Paralegal Certification, University of New Mexico, 2010.