Shannon Collopy

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am a biodynamic  farmer who is currently looking to lease land and/or partnership potential for developing/expanding a value added farm business along with community farm stand and possibly community outreach and education. 

Description of marketing method:

The marketing would be to sell mostly value added products, either online or at farmers markets or farm shares along with some farm stand sales during the growing seasons.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Rockland, Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

I am hoping to have chickens, goats and sheep for eggs, milk and cheese and wool, for value added cheese soap fiber crafts and eggs to sell, this depends on if there is someone on the property at night.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

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

Description of tenure options desired:

depending on the opportunity and the location, at this moment; management, partnership, and leasing are most desirable also am considering leasing to own 

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm employee

Experience description:

For the last 2 years, I have been helping to farm a 3 acre biodynamic farm in a residential NNJ town, growing perennial herbs and wild food for tintures teas and salves. FOr the past 18 years I have been making products to give away to friends but last year I began to sell these products, I am hoping to take this to the next level by legitimizing the company and really grow everything that I make.  I have taking several classes regarding farm related topics and hope to be mentored this coming year through the BD Association