Debra Sousa-Oliveira

Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Solid funding available for Upstarting Beyond Organic/Biodynamics Vegetable and microgreens farming for rapid fulfillment for lucrative NYC East Asian Markets.

Seeking 30-70 acres within a 2 hour driving radius of NYC. Will produce mainly an array of vegetables for the NYC markets, but may look to raise goats.The ideal property would have housing, a kitchen for processing, clean water access, and healthy soils. A property that has been managed organically/biodynamically for at least one year would be preferred. A property with a mix of woodland, open pasture, and relatively flat ground would be preferred. 

Description of marketing method:

Planning to market at the NYC Green Markets. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

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

Desired acreage:

21-50

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Housing or a place to stay while working the land would be preferred. Would also like to have a kitchen for processing. 

Description of water access required:

Only require clean usable water. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep

Description of livestock/crops:

An array of vegetables for the NYC markets such as squash, zucchini, etc. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

My partner has experience working on farms his entire life. We also both WOOF and volunteer at farms when possible.