Sam Anderson

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Status: Seeking land for farm project.

Plans: Social enterprise + production farm, most likely with non-profit structure. Probably at least 1/2 acre vegetables (potentially 5+ acres), with other enterprises depending on site. Mission centered around farmer training + social justice + economic mobility + real advancement for young farmers of color.

Practices: Emphasis on limiting ecological impact. Organic-equivalent, reduced tillage, limited inputs, pasture-based animals, etc.

Description of marketing method:

TBD

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester

Desired acreage:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Description of livestock/crops:

Probably requiring at least some vegetables; other enterprises depend on suitability of site. At most: fruit, other perennials, cut flowers, very limited grains; chickens and/or ducks.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

  • 7+ years as a beginning farmer trainer and mentor at farm-based nonprofit organizations. 
  • Grew up on a 160-acre farm (sheep, hay, field crops).
  • Managed a mobile poultry processing facility for five seasons.
  • Co-managed a pasture-raised chicken operation for one season.
  • Masters degree in land use planning and environmental policy.