Donald Arrant

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Part time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

After having been the livestock manager for Glynwood for the past eight years I recently decided to pursue another opportunity to help the county of Putnam revitalize Tilly Foster Farm.  I have been consulting for the county during my free time since last October while maintaining the obligations of being livestock manager for Glynwood.  This past April, I resigned from Glynwood to help the county create a small vegetable operation for the 2018 growing season.  I have since presented my five year plan to county admistrators for review.  The plan focuses on the farm benefiting the County through vegetable production which will be utilized in county institutions such as county owned senior assisted living, schools, and the county jail.  A u-pick operation is also included for the residents of Putnam County.  At this time, no animals other than a laying flock of 150 hens is part of the plan but hopefully beef cattle and sheep will be introduced in the future. 

As the livestock manager of Glynwood I managed beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, laying hens, broiler chickens, and turkeys.  I secured Animal Welfare Approved certification for all of the animals except for broilers and turkeys.  Over the past eight years I worked hard on stream lining systems for efficiency as well as improving the welfare of all animals and pastures through proper management.  Glynwood is a difficult property to manage livestock on and it, as well as the animals I was a husband to, taught me a lot.  I manged our animals intensively on pasture, moving them often to increase growth rates, increase soil fertility, and to control internal parasites found in small ruminants.  I also presented at several regional and national conferences throughout my years at Glynwood.

Description of marketing method:

Primarily through farmer's markets and online store.  I would apply to be a vendor through Grow NYC as well as a vendor at the Beacon Farmer's Market. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Ulster, Westchester, Southeast

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Barns or lean-to's for overwintering animals as well hay storage.  This isn't necessary but desired.  My plan is to at first, purchase feeder stock of lambs which will not be overwintered but I would like to eventually establish a breeding flock of ewes.  The same for cattle except I would purchase yearling steers to overwinter and harvest in their second year.  All grass based.  With the cattle I will purchase haylage thus hay storage is not required.  Structures are not necessarily needed it the cattle have access to wooded areas for protection against the elements that are located close enough to a frost free hydrant. 

Description of water access required:

Frost free hydrants would be ideal especially for overwintering animals.  I would run irrigation lines through the fields during the grazing season thus a pond would work as well.  I can create a pump/filter system to water the animals. 

Description of fencing required:

Perimeter fencing prefereed or an openness for the installation of semi permanent, two strand, polywire fencing for cattle.  Electric net will be utilized for sheep. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs

Description of livestock/crops:

At first feeder stock of katahdin or dorset lambs with the eventual introduction of breeding stock of katahdin ewes.  For cattle, Angus yearlings at first with a short term goal of purchasing breeding stock of belted galloways.  If the land allows, feeder stock of heritage breed pigs annually. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I would prefer to lease and create my own business but would be open to management opportunities if the shoe fits.  I have always been open minded, respectful, professional, and a team player but the past eight years of working for a non-profit have enhanced all of these traits.

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

2 years hourly vegetable labor, 1 season vegetable apprentice, 6 months biodynamic livestock apprentice, 1 season farm manager for a 20 acre organic vegetable operation, 8 years livestock manager for non profit.