Ryan Keisling

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

**6/19/2018-Ryan is not actively searching for property at this time. He is currently converting a farm over to Biodynamics management, but hopes to purchase more land in the future**

PI just finished a 4 year term on a biodynamics vineyard in Cazadero,   Ca.  I was responsible for making and stirring the BD preps as well as gathering and preparing 1000 lbs of horsetail and stinging nettles for teas that we sprayed on 70 acres of grapes.

Prior to that I worked on an certified organic farm at 5,000 in the Sierra valley north of Lake Tahoe. The farm grew a variety of crops: primarily lettuce, but also cool weather brassica crops, and in the greenhouses and high tunnels: tomatoes, beans, melons, herbs, peppers, strawberries, etc.    The farmer trained me in his style of mountain farming, in an average growing season of 64 days.  The farm also included a native plant nursery and greenhouse grown wasabi and micro greens.

Prior to that I worked as a fine dining chef in the Lake Tahoe area.

Having grown up in Harrisburg, Pa my current plan is to move back east and buy a property with the money I have been saving for the past years.

 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

No

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, Eastern, Southeast

Desired acreage:

21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Farm employee

Experience description:

I have significant experience in vegetable farming as well as experience in biodynamics,I.e. Making and applying the preps as well as building compost for 70 acres.