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
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.
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.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?No
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!