Uloma Kalu

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Part time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I grew up farming with my family, however, I do not have access to land in New York. I currently grow vegetables and herbs at a community garden in Brooklyn.

I would like to grow organic ethnic vegetables and produce from Nigeria, year round (extended seasons), which means I would need hoops.

I intend to nurture the land and to protect it, while providing hard to find fresh organic vegetables and produce.

 

 

Description of marketing method:

Word-of-mouth, social media, in-store, ethnic/conventional farmers markets, cold marketing via flyers, religious institutions, traditional media, and any other available method.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

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

Desired acreage:

11-20

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of farm equipment required:

Tillers, planters, vegetable wash station, hoops/greenhouse, and maybe a tractor or two.

Description of water access required:

Access to clean water for the crops and the hoops/greenhouse.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Other Crops

Description of livestock/crops:

I will grow ethnic vegetables from Nigeria and other Nigerian produce. Also, I would love to keep some poultry for personal use.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

I would love to own my farm, and would probably need to lease when starting out, with an option to buy.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience description:

I grew up eating organic fresh fruits and vegetables from our backyard. We were, and still remain farmers. And, even though I left home, I have continued to grow mostly herbs, vegetables and a few fruits, either in my backyard, or now, at the community garden.