Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Part time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
We are Glenn and John, a couple in our mid-30s, currently living on San Juan island in Washington State.
For the past two years, we have run our own CSA of diversified vegetables grown without pesticides chemical fertilizers.
Prior to that, we were in a work-trade relationship with a raw milk dairy in which we cared for and milked the cows, bottled milk for sale, raised meat chickens, and sold the vegetables we grew to local restaurants and at the farmers market.
I also have had several years of experience working at a local heirloom tomato and salad greens farm where I did everything from prepping to planting to picking to processing to delivering to selling.
We are currently growing vegetables only for ourselves and some small sales, and are keeping chickens for eggs.
We love San Juan Island, and have become very involved in the farming community here, but our families reside in the the Midwest and the East (my Grandmother, who is 99, lives NYC) and we are exploring options in that part of the country.
We would love the opportunity to rent, manage, lease, or even buy a farm in the Hudson River Valley and see if we can make a go of it growing and selling delicious and healthy vegetables!
Please check out our website, www.thesoilunderground.com for information about our CSA.
Description of marketing method:
We have built relationships with local restaurants and the co-op through conversation and word of mouth. When we decided to start a CSA, we built our email list the same way, and later developed a website and used social media to attract more customers.
Preferred location:Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Water access
Description of water access required:
We would love to have either a well or a pond that can be pumped for irrigation. We currently use drip irrigation, but would be interested to learn about other irrigation techniques as well.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits
Description of livestock/crops:
We have been working with diversified vegetables, and would love to learn more about caring for orchard fruits and berries. We currently keep chickens for eggs, but have also raised meat birds in the past and would be open to doing that again.
Tenure options desired:Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
We are hoping to secure land and a home to base a life out of.
Whether this involves a lease, partnership, management position, sale, we are hoping to be able to create an economically viable, intellectually stimulating, and socially beneficial project. We work well independently or with some input, but are interested in creating a plan that works for both us and the landowner.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Maybe
Experience & education:Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship
Both John and I have been heavily involved in the farming community on San Juan island for the past four years.
We have grown large gardens, run our own CSA, and have sold produce to various markets. We have raised and helped slaughter meat chickens, cared for and milked cows, and bottled milk for sale.
I have worked for the top tomato and salad producer in our county for multiple years, and we have both volunteered countless hours on the farms of friends.