Farming Status and Plans
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I grew up on a small farm in Central Massachusetts, and after obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Dairy Science with a minor in Agribusiness I moved to the Ithaca NY area and got a herdsman position on a 5,000 cow dairy farm. On the farm I was in charge of protocol management, herd health, and fresh cow care; while there I was able to learn business dynamics and excellent herd health skills. I attended Cornell in pursuit of graduate studies in Animal Science, and mostly worked with the microbiology and mastitis management. At Cornell I became interested in preventative medicine which sparked my interest in organic farming, so I found a job managing a small organic farm. My partner is also from an agricultural upbringing and studied agribusiness and livestock. He as well is from a conventional farming background and has extensive knowledge of crop production, animal care, pasture management, and equipment operation and mechanics.We are looking to start a diversified organic farm that creates biodiversity with the land and animals. We hope to use our knowledge of dairy cows to intensively manage a herd of hybrid cows on 100% grass. Following the cows we hope to use chickens to graze the pastures so they can benefit from what the cows have left behind; our plan is to be diversified and create sustainable, and humane animal practices.
Description of marketing method:
Direct marketing with a diversified organic 100% grass dairy method. Transparency and agrotourism are of great interest to us.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, Westchester
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Electrical Access
Description of buildings required:
Useable structure for dairy farming/ livestock. Some hay storage would be good.
Description of farm equipment required:
Bucket Tractor, Some hay equipment would be useful
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Hay
Primary Livestock:Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
We currently have 14 head of dairy youngstock. Pigs, and poultry.