Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Full time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
After a great 2017 season working in partnership with another couple under the name Deep Roots Farm NY, this November we (Connor and Hunter) decided to part ways with Deep Roots in order to start our own farm business. We are looking to lease 5-10 acres for growing 100% organic vegetables, fruits and flowers. Our farming practices include organic according to NOFA-NY standards, cover crop and crop rotation, and we also plan to use biodynamic practices in the future.
Description of marketing method:
Distribution through farmers' markets and wholesale to chefs and retail stores.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Eastern, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10, 11-20
Infrastructure required:Water access, Fencing
Description of water access required:
Prefer well over pumping from nearby water source.
Description of fencing required:
For deer control.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Farm owner, Farm management
Though neither of us have formal agricultural education, the applied learning we've gained through our work managing/owning farm businesses has taught us all the skills needed to run a farm successfully.
Connor began farming in Katonah, NY at Amawalk Farm in Fall of 2014. He ran that business for 2 seasons, growing organic vegetables and fruits and selling them wholesale and at the local farmers' market.
Hunter first began by volunteering her time at Amawalk Farm, and in Fall of 2016 joined Connor in partnering with Deep Roots Farm NY.