benford lepley

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I'm the resident farmer supplying herbs and fruits for Uncouth Vermouth. I'm an avid forager and fermenter and am soon to be releasing my own line of wines made from invasive plants as well as ciders and meads. 

Description of marketing method:

Selling interesting ferments through the farmers markets, directly to resturants and wine shops. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?


Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Columbia, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Fruits, Other Crops

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

I've been working for/working with folks farming on and off since 2010. I've been apart of cooperative farms, and worked with two close friends incubating a farm/business called Harvest Roots Ferments on a grant funded property in Alabama during 2013-2015. I currently live on a farm in Lake Katrine, NY where we grow a diversity of herbs, fruits, and vegetables for use in beverages produced on site by Uncouth Vermouth and Physic Ferments.