Fabio Ritmo

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My wife and I run a vegetable farming business called Nimble Roots Farm, we spent the last year farming on leased land in the Saratoga region. Before that we atteneded the UVM Farmer Training Program during the 2018 season. We both recieved certificates in Sustainable Agriculture. We are commited to growing in sustainable and regenerative ways. We are currently partnering with our landlords to purchase farmland in the Northern Hudson Valley, with the intent of being within 30-40 minutes at most of Hudson.

Description of marketing method:

We have learned how to be successful at farmers markets and directly marketing to customers. We will also sell to local restaurants. We are open to wholesale sales, but would ideally like to sell to retail customers primarily. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Eastern, Rensselaer, Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

We need clean potable water for the cleaning of produce and abundant water for irrigating crops. 

 

 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

We will grow a  diversified selection of highly marketable and in demand crops. We are interested in learning more about livestock and potentially including them as a holistic farm managment practice. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Ideally we would like to own the property. We will be partnering with a professional couple who have full time jobs and are interested in being part of an agriculutral project. 

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:

In 2018 we attended the Farmer Training Program in Burlington Vermont.

Both my wife and I were Interns at Pleasant Valley Farm owned by Paul and Sandy Arnold. I worked there for 10 months and she was there for four. 

I also worked at Fox Creek Farm owned by Sara and Raymond Luhrman during the summer of 2010 as a farm hand.