Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Not currently farming
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Beginning farmer looking for acreage to devote towards pastured poultry to start a farm business. Poultry farming especially is of interest to me due to low startup costs, increasing demand, and is a fast an easy way to build soil fertility. I studied horticulture, helped manage greenhouses at college, and have six years experience working in food and flower purchasing/marketing/logistics. Operation would be my wife and I but both are enticipating working part-time to supplement until we can make full transition in the future, after building customers/getting experience.
Housing availability preferred. Simple accommodation. We can also buy a mobile home if it's okay to park it. Preferable lease would be 3 years.
Description of marketing method:
Direct. Specifics depend on location, would like to hear from landowner on successes/failures. I will focus most of our marketing on the ability to take online orders for local pickup at markets.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, Westchester, Eastern, Southeast
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access
Description of buildings required:
Refrigeration, particularly access to a freezer. We can purchase if not available. Chicken processing would be open-air
Crops and Livestock
Description of livestock/crops:
Pasture raised broilers and laying hens, potentially turkeys. Would restrict to these for first year or two of production, would like to include hogs following that.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership
Description of tenure options desired:
Looking to LEASE, predominantly, and would love an option to buy but only after demonstrating viability/profitability to landowner. Will also take a partneship
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm internship/apprenticeship
I have practical experience on farms and nurseries. Breadth of experience is in marketing, sales, and distribution. I'm starting with pastured poultry because of its ease and viability for establishing a farm business. I have everything-- industry data, pricing, experience working direct, wholesale, and institutional. The food industry is so screwed up and I am optioning all of my money and savings to establish this business. I will beg borrow and steal to make it happen. Contact me for more information on background and I'll elaborate more.