Fabio Ritmo

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Part time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Currently farming on my family's land. We are selling at the Vooheesville Farmer's Market and offering a small CSA. My wife and I hope to one day make farming a full time career. We are interested in organic and natural processes and materials. 

Description of marketing method:

We have learned how to be successful at farmers markets and directly marketing to customers. We will probably also sell to local restaurants if possible. We are open to wholesale sales, but would ideally like to sell to retail customers primarily. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

We need clean potable water for the cleaning of produce and abundant water for irrigating crops. 

We would prefer onsite housing, but it is not a necessity. 

 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Description of livestock/crops:

We will grow a  diversified selection of highly marketable and in demand crops. We are interested in learning more about livestock and potentially including them as a holistic farm managment practice. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are open to most forms of land tenure. Ideally we would like to own the property, but we are willing to enter a lease agreement or a lease to own situation. A paternership and farm management positions would be attractive if at some point we could build equity or own the property outright. 

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Both my wife and I were Interns at Pleasant Valley Farm owned by Paul ad Sandy Arnold. I worked there for 10 months and she was there for four. 

I also worked at Fox Creek Farm owned by Sara and Raymond Luhrman during the summer of 2010 as a farm hand.