Dana Putnam

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Part time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My wife and I have an active maple syrup and home decor business and currently lease wood land for tapping trees. We are interesting in leasing or purchasing woodland that is dense in maple trees, preferably in the southern NY area, most preferably within 15-20 miles of our current location between Middletown and Port Jervis NY

Description of marketing method:

We market locally and online and are looking to expand our distribution in both areas. We have strong brand marketing backgrounds and are looking to leverage that to create a strong branded maple business.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Orange, Sullivan, Ulster

Desired acreage:

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

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

We are looking for forested land dense in maple trees.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm employee

Experience description:

I grew up on a dairy and maple farm in New Hampshire, and have an undergraduate degree in agribusiness and animal science, and a Ph.D. in animal science. I have worked in business management and helped build and run a $200MM business before leaving that to begin our maple business. My wife has a strong corporate marketing background but also has built a very successful website and blog witih 400,000 page views per month. We are always looking to learn from others and in turn, hope and believe our backgrounds can help us be successful with our business.