Zach Bain

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Zach is looking for property in the Hudson Valley to buy or lease long term for his existing vegetable growing business and to pursue other ag ventures like raising livestock. He would prefer to stay near the northern part of the Hudson Valley (between Albany and Hudson), but is open to other areas if they are the right fit. His ideal property would be 10-50 acres of good tillable vegetable growing soil with housing, outbuildings, and water access. Zach has experience running a market garden for two years and is currently working on a 15 acre, organic farm as an assistant manager.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

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

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Need a barn for storage. Would be great to also have a small, propagation greenhouse, run-in for a few cattle, and a paddock.

Description of water access required:

Well preferred.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy

Description of livestock/crops:

Vegetables are Zach's main crop, but he is looking to eventually diversify and potentially add some livestock to his operation. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Zach would like to be able to purchase property, but he is open to a work-to-own or a long-term lease with option to purchase.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

Two years as owner operator of a two farms: indoor, hydroponic farm, and an organic-practices market garden.

Year as assistant manager on a 15 acre, 250 member CSA farm.

MBA from Babson College.

5 years marketing and management experience in start-ups.