Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Full time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I am currently an Urban farmer. I love to farm and grow food not just for my family, but especially for those who do not have access to fresh, healthy, organically grown produce. I use all organic practices although I am not certified. I love growing here in the city but size of the space I have to grow in is too restrictive for the vision I have. I also believe in season extension and growing all year so that no one has to settle for food that is not grown locally, or food that is chemically treated. I want to teach children and other disadvantaged persons how to grow fresh produce for themselves and teach the value of organic. Unfortunatly I cannot do that to the scale I want to in my current location. So my husband and I have decided to move further out into more rural areas in order to make our dream come true and to help others.
Description of marketing method:
The produce will be sold at farmer's market's and I already have a working relationship with a restaurant I grow for out of Verona NY
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Albany, Saratoga
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access
Description of buildings required:
Preferably a barn, chicken coop (or place to build one), a greenhouse or two for season extension and seedling growth, a storage shed for equipment and supplies (mostly hand tools-I do not use tractors etc.)
Description of water access required:
We would like to have running water for the house and either a pond or well for irrigation for crops
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals
Primary Livestock:Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Chickens for eggs, chickens for meat, goats for milk and meat, pigs for meat and one or two dairy cows.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
We prefer to lease the farm for a period of time to be agreed upon between buyer and seller with the option to buy.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee
Between my husband and myself we have a combined 30 years experience in farming and new alternative SPIN farming.