Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Not currently farming
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Current mission statement: Early Greens Farm is farm dedicated to providing a high quality, consistent product to our customers. We emphasize using farming techniques that seek to protect the environment and promote the health of our customers and local communities all while remaining a profitable enterprise.
I am currently looking to intensively farm one acre to one half acre of mixed vegetable crops with a focus on lettuces and brassicas. The ability to set up a greenhouse or hoophouses would be desireable. After the first tillage of the soil I want to tarp the soil for a few weeks or months to kill all weeds. I then plan on creating 30" by 100'/50'/25' raised beds. Once the beds are established I hope to use a no till method to build up healthy soil over time. I want to be as sustainable as possible, using only natural and organic fertilizers and amendments. I would rely heavily on carefully planned crop rotations utilizing each bed for multiple plantings per growing season.
I hope to gross $50,000 in sales within 3 years, but that may be difficult the first year or two.
Description of marketing method:
I plan to market to farmers markets, restaurants, and wholesale/distributors.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester
Infrastructure required:Water access, Electrical Access
Description of water access required:
Need to set up timed drip irrigation and timed sprinkler irrigation when necessary.
Crops and Livestock
Tenure options desired:Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
A multi year lease with the option to buy in the future would be ideal, but I am not currently picky.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Maybe
I am mostly self taught, but am currently taking classes through Cornell's small farm program.