Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Full time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Currently I am part of a partnership with 2 others. www,provenancefarmcsa.com. The 2 other partners are not involved in the day to day decisions. When we formed the partnership all 3 of us were supposed to be involved. Partner 1 in charge of all monies partner 2involved in all marketing and social media partner 3 (me) all farming activities. Unfortunately they both have very busy lives and are unable to be involved and all responsability is on me.
I am transitioning to organic and am going thru the certification process now. I have 5 acres in vegetables and fruits that feed 80 CSA members and also restaurant sales.
I am regionally from the Hudson Valley and if I make a farming change I would like to return. New Jersey is very different in that local - organic is a hard sell.
One problem with the land I am on now is that they do not allow public access. I would like a farm that has or can have a farm store. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and use my produce and meats in my private chef jobs. I would like to develope this more and need an outlet. As well as have farm dinners and some events.
Description of marketing method:
Social media presence as well as direct marketing. I feel that getting to know your customers builds a sense of loyalty. Previously I was a chef and understand how kitchens work and have been very successful selling directly to restaurants.
Does this farmer have a business plan?Yes
Preferred location:Eastern, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Desired acreage:11-20, 21-50, 51-100
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:
We have 2 beef cows that we use for breeding, 3 dairy goats, 1 pig that is for breeding, chickens, 1 pony, 1 foal and 2 broodmare horses.
As well as a space for washing and packaging produce.
Description of farm equipment required:
Small tractor and implaments.
Description of water access required:
Depending on set up ut at least one well
Description of fencing required:
3 board or wire
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits
Primary Livestock:Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Meat chickens, egg chickens, 1 pig for breeding, 2 cows for breeding 3 dairy goats, 1 pony, 1 foal and 2 broodmares
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
Lease or lease-purchase
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Yes
Experience & education:Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee
I have been farming for 4 years full time and part time 2 more. I took the Beginning farmer class at Hawthorn Valley Farm as well as classes from the Institute of eco systems in Millbrook NY and road to organic certification class thru NOFA-NJ