MARTHA KIMMERLY

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

Farm Characteristics

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

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Lease or lease-purchase

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

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