Shayna Lewis

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We (a couple) currently farm about 6 acres of muck soil (leased) in Orange County and rent an apartment. We're considering moving to a more rural/more affordable area and would like to see what's out there in terms of farmland (with housing) for sale. We hope to stay within 2.5 of NYC, where our CSA's are located.

Description of marketing method:

We have two CSA's in Brooklyn that we could expand if we were able to spend less on housing and thus hire a few more people. Also some wholesale to restaurants via apps.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, Southeast

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Description of livestock/crops:

We do a wide variety of mixed vegetables, and would like to plant a small orchard/berries/nuts/other perennials, which we have not been able to do on the muck soil. Considering ducks or goats at some future point, but not attached to the idea

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

We are mainly looking to buy, or lease to own, or lease with option to purchase, but would consider various lease options if they were long term and favorable

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

After apprenticing and managing various farms (urban and rural) for about 8 years, we started our own farm 4 years ago