Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Not currently farming
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
David is interested in vegetable production, specifically specialty mellons. He would like to avoid use of synthetic pesticides and herbacides, and plans to use black plastic mulch to alliviente the use of synthetic chemicals. David plans to practice ecologically sound growing techniques, and while organic certifcation is not a priority, it is something he considers for down the road.
Description of marketing method:
Directly to consumers, potentially in farmers' markets in NYC.
Does this farmer have a business plan?Yes
Preferred location:Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester
Infrastructure required:Farm equipment, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access
Description of farm equipment required:
A tractor would be necassary to prepare the land, but smaller eqipment is fine after initially tilling.
Description of water access required:
Intends to use drip irrigation
Description of fencing required:
Crops and Livestock
Tenure options desired:For Lease
Description of tenure options desired:
Because David is looking to farm 1 - 5 acres he would be interested in leasing a small farm, leasing a small parcel of a larger farm, or sharing unused space with other farmers.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education
David has a B.A.. in plant science from Cornell and has had a passion for horticulture for many years. He focuses on staying up to date on the most sustainable and efficient growing practices, and is a self employed attorney looking to take his work outdoors!