Stephen Tolpinrud

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Over the past decade I have worked on 3 organic farms, studied agroecology at UCSC, obtained a graduate degree in agircultural policy at American University, and created agroecological gardens in Latin America.

My past experiences have led me to the understanding that I am most contented when I am farming. So, I am now in the process of finding the right piece of land and community to start a small farm. I intend on having 2-4 acres in production, and would like to incorporate a mobile cafe, that I built this past year, as a venue for selling my produce. Also, I would love to find a parcel that has a conservation easement on it, or retains the qualities necessary for obtaining one. 


Description of marketing method:

My marketing methods will depend on the farm I am able to work with or obtain; however, I will be utilizing farmers markets, a CSA, and a farm-to-trailer stand that I recently constucted as outlets for produce. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Eastern, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

Given the fact that I intend on cultivating vegetbales, fruit, and flowers, I will need to find a parcel that has access to irrigation. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals

Description of livestock/crops:

I do not intent on having livestock. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I am open to numerous forms of tenureship; however, I prefer the ability to purchase the land.

Additional Information

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

I have worked on two different farms in New York state, studied agroecology as an apprentice at the UCSC Farm and Garden for one year, and created gardens in Latin America with the help of two non-prfits. I would like to either manage for a year or so on an established farm or begin the process of creating my own diversified agroecological farm.