Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Part time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I manage multiple sites in the Hudson Valley for long-term yields, improved soils, and increased ecological health. I am looking for open farmland to plant and manage perennial tree crops. See more below.
Description of marketing method:
Retail & direct-to-consumer.
Does this farmer have a business plan?Yes
Preferred location:Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, Eastern, Southeast
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Fruits, Other Crops
Description of livestock/crops:
I use sustainable agriculture practices to grow perennial crops like chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and berries. I prefer to work with land that has more than 2 acres open; lighter soils are great but not necessary. I plant trees, protect them with fencing or tree tubes, and mow the area during the growing season.
Tenure options desired:Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
It takes the chestnuts, hazelnuts, and walnuts at least 5-7 years to produce a crop, so I am looking for longer-term arrangements.
Economically, it usually works the same way as a haying contract - I manage the land, you get an agricultural tax assessment. Plus, you get as much as you can eat of whatever is grown on the land! If you are interested in sharing any revenues generated, I’d be happy to discuss.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, Farm management
My wife and I manage High Falls Farm, a diversified 32 acres including 18 acres of apples, sheep, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and shiitake mushrooms. We manage 6 additional acres of chestnuts on other farms.