Schuyler Gail

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We raise a small herd of heritage hogs in the woods. We rotationally graze our animals- making a positive impact on the land. We are a farrow to finish farm. We use solar powered, movable fencing, and require little infrastructure. We work hard to know our animals as individuals and as a species- and work with our pigs to create a system that keeps our animals true to their instincts. Teaching kids about farming is important to us- we host a farm crew of high school students weekly (seasonally), and have regular visits from elementary students.  We are conscientious stewards of our land and our animals. We own land, and are looking for more land.

Description of marketing method:

We sell direct to whole-animal butchers and restaurants. Most of our animals are sold whole. A few years ago we co-founded a small five farm cooperative CSA.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Columbia, Rensselaer

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of water access required:

We need access to water. It would be great to have a barn and equipement, but we have adapted to working without much infrastruture. Depending upon how far your land is from our own we may be looking for housing.

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

Heritage hogs in the woods.

We raise geese and meat chickens on pasture. We have a small herd of highland cattle and Shetland sheep that we use for pasture management. Our main focus is on pigs.

 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are looking to buy or lease land.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

We have been farming on our own for nine years as owners, managers and operators. Farming is our full-time occupation, and has been the sole income, for our family of four, for the past five years. We regularly attend conferences and classes to continue learning about farming. We have an on-going relationship with a grazing specialist, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. One of us had a farm apprenticeship. We have been awarded grants and prises for innovative farm practices. We research and read extensively, with the understanding that our farm education will never be complete. We learn every day.