Orlando Diaz

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Mission Statement

Our mission is to grow healthy, high-quality organic produce and sell at an affordable cost to the local community. Through education and volunteer opportunities, we want to help cultivate a space where members of our community can develop a relationship with the land where their food is grown. We want to inspire sustainability and support local commerce.

Vision

We would like to carry out our mission using the CSA business model as our main focus/source of income.  Our short term goal is to move to the Hudson Valley and start a small CSA operation that will eventually allow us to both work on the farm full-time. Our long term goal is to live on and run a 20-50 acre certified organic vegetable CSA farm with some livestock in the Hudson Valley area that involves you-pick activities, on-farm educational and volunteer opportunities, relationships with local restaurants/businesses, and participation in local farmers' markets.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Ulster

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Farming & Outdoor Labor

Currently working for Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, an 80-acre certified organic vegetable farm that provides 2,400 shares each season throughout Long Island and Queens; it's the largest organic CSA farm in the northeast! Helps manage all aspects of vegetable production (planning, planting, tractor work, watering, harvesting, etc). Also responsible for coordinating harvest of produce for the Port Washington Organic Farmers' Market; drives refrigerated box truck to the market and runs the stand for the farm every Saturday. Works 80 hours per week for the Golden Earthworm.
Grew and sold organic seedlings at the Port Washington Farmers' Market in 2014. Offered various herbs, flowers, and vegetable plants, totaling to well over a hundred different types and varieties.
Worked at Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s, a 5 acre organic farm on Long Island. Primary focus involved growing and selling produce at the health food store located on the farm, hosting weekly educational sessions for the community, and teaching volunteers about the organic farming process.
Worked on three different organicvegetable farms in Northwest Montana ranging from 2-20 acres.Primary focus was vegetable production and distribution via farmers' markets, CSA, and wholesale for restaurants and grocery stores.

Skills

Various farm maintenance skills, including hoop house construction and tool sharpening/storing.
Experience with various tractors: John Deere 4040, CaseIH MXU100, CaseIH JX95, CaseIH Offset 265, and other various Ford/John Deere tractors. Experience with various tractor implements: Perfecta, discer, spader, basket weeder, tiller, transplanter.
Experience with remay/row covers, IRT plastic, T-tape irrigation system powered by solar, motorized and well pumps, overhead watering & piping.
Received extensive training in tools and tool maintenance: chainsaw & other two-cycle engine tools
Worked as a project manager/website designer; designed websites, logos, and custom online applications for businesses.

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