Steven Waldman

Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am interested in starting a farm, doing some market gardening of fruits and vegetables, growing some grains, and legumes.  I want to do this organic, no-till, with heavy rotations.  I want to have a small orchard, perhaps a small vineyard, and a few animals to support the farm--some layers and perhaps a couple of cows.  Essentially a combination of biodynamic (in the holisitc sense) and organic (in the practical, not certified sense).  I want to market to a CSA, restaurants, retail, and perhaps do (or connect with) some sort of small cafe/restaurant for an integrated field to table connection.  I have worked on 8 different farms and gleaned a lot of what I like and did not like from each, and I read constantly about sustainable agriculture and am currently taking advanced soil science courses.  In the end, I aspire to put my ideas and ideals into practice, and while I can say I want all of the above the land I ultimately wind up settling with will largely dictate the scope of the operation. 

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of water access required:

Onsite housing in preferred, if possible, as is a barn.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

If monetarily feasible, a sale or lease-to-own would be preferred. 

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

8 farms with varying levels of experience, including start ups and management experience.  I am happy to provide detailed descriptions of each experience and references should I find a suitable match.