Vicki Loika

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

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Albany, Saratoga

Desired acreage:

1-5

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.

Farmland Tenure

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.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

Between my husband and myself we have a combined 30 years experience in farming and new alternative SPIN farming.