Richard Lasiw

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am new to farming! I have relatively little experience, but I am looking to change that. I grew up with horses, but now I am interested in learning about sheep for diary and wool. I am interested in most farming most livestock. I would like to get an internship or apprenticeship with someone who can teach me and that way I can gain experience. 

In addition to my interest in farming I also am a pre-apprentice falconer, so please consider having some space to use as a falconry mews, and be okay with me training birds of prey to hunt under the supervision of a licensed falconer.

Description of marketing method:

farmers market, social media marketing, print advertisements, web advertisements, possibly radio ads, and more.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

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

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

I would like to secure an internship or apprentiship that would offer housing, but this is negotiable. Ideally somewhere with indoor shelter for sheep and other animals. 

Description of farm equipment required:

none needed, but it would be a bonus if you had some milking equiptment, and sheers for fleece available, and maybe equiptment for wool and yarn.

Description of water access required:

drinkable water for the animals

Description of fencing required:

high enough to keep the animals in and the predators out.

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

I don't have any yet, but I am considering sheep, alpacas, cattle, horses, and small rodents for falconry use.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I am not experienced with farming yet. I would like to change that, so I will consider as many options as possible!

Additional Information

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


Experience description:

I don't have any farm management experience right now! I am looking to gain some in any field related to agriculture. ideally something related to sheep I need experience and I am really excited to start this journey.