Samantha Ritter

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am very new to farming. I have always loved having a garden, but I'm really interested in turning this passion into a business that could strengthen the local food and flower movement in the Hudson Valley. My goal is to find land to rent for next year's growing season so that I can try growing at a larger scale and bring product to local farmer's markets. I have dreams of running a CSA, bringing native and wild flavors back to the New York palate, and growing the most beautiful seasonal blooms for local weddings--but the first big step is for me to find land where I can start the seeds of these dreams both literally and figuratively. I am very interested in permaculture and plan to take a course in permaculture practices this year. I am also interested in cultivating native plants as much as possible, and plan to only grow organically and sustainably. Access to land with a greenhouse would be incredible!

Description of marketing method:

I plan to do research and select 1-3 farmer's markets to sell at in 2019. For cut flowers, I would like to build relationships with individual florists in the area and sell directly to them. As an ex-software developer, I am adept at online marketing such as website development, social media, etc. I have also worked as a graphic designer and look forward to branding this new business :)

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Greene, Orange, Ulster, Southeast

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access

Description of buildings required:

Property with an exsiting greenhouse would be ideal. 

Description of water access required:

Water access would also be needed for the crops. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

I do not plan to raise any livestock at this time. I plan to grow a range of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers all organically. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease

Description of tenure options desired:

Because I am new to the business of farming, I am looking for an arrangement that would allow me to rent short-term, with a possible option to keep renting long term or eventually purchase land. I would love to have access to land this fall to plant bulbs and perennials for spring 2019.

Additional Information

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

No

Experience description:

I have helped on small farms and homesteads in limited, WWOOFer-like ways. I only have personal experience with growing as a hobby, but I am looking to learn more about the business of farming through courses and workshops in the coming year. I am a fast learner, a hard worker, and have excellent planning skills!