Ryan Martens

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am currently grazing a herd of 50 cattle in Stone Ridge NY. We use holistic management practices to build soil health and pasture productivity. Our practices are all organic, and focus on respecting both our herd and the land through high intesity rotational grazing.  We produce high quality pasture raised beef for the community and hope in the near future to grow our herd size and add other livestock.  We are currently seeking more land in Ulster County to extend our grazing season and build our herd size.  

Description of marketing method:

We direct market our beef to the Marbletown community as freezer beef.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Orange, Rockland, Ulster

Desired acreage:

21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Water access, Electrical Access

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef

Description of livestock/crops:

Rotationally grazed, intensively managed cattle herd of roughly 50 head.  Grass-fed, grass-finished, no haromones or antibiotics, closed herd of Devon/Hereford cross.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

I have worked on multiple farms all with their own model for sustainable production ranging from pasture raised meats to organic vegtable growing, permaculture operations, and urban farming.  I have a B.S. from Rutgers University in Environmental Planning and Design.