Sean Gargamelli-McCreight

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am co-founder of a small non-profit organization (Benincasa Community, Inc.) pursuing the development of a small farm, home, and retreat space.

Since 2015, we have held diverse programming and resided in a formally vacant convent our community fully renovated and rents from the catholic church.

  • Since 2015, in preparation for opening a “green community”, we have (1) apprenticed and worked at rural and urban as well as secular and religious farms, (2) operated community supported agriculture programs and soup kitchens using local, organic food, (3) studied sustainable organic and permaculture growing practices, and (4) supported movements for farm worker justice and the protection of land from developers and corporations.

Our vision includes...

  • Growing food using organic/permaculture practices for residents and to share w/ neighbors,
  • Restoring and protecting land through trusts and sustainable management efforts,
  • Designing innovative outdoor educational programming (for young and old) to promote right relationship with land, food, self, and others.
  • Creating community with others seeking formation and inclusion in an open, diverse, and inclusive faith-based setting.

We are looking for...

  • Acreage: 2-50 acres
  • Buildings: Living and meeting space to work, pray, celebrate, share and build community
  • Agreement: Donation, long-term lease, or purchase
  • Location: East of the Hudson River, within ~75 miles of NYC
  • Accessibility: Easily accessible by train lines/public transit
  • Preservation: Already protected by land trust or potential for farm land protection

We believe...

  • While shaped and informed by a catholic background, it is also essential to welcome people from all spiritual paths in order to build an even greater beloved community.
  • By promoting and fostering a way of living that reflects the interconnection and interdependence of all life, we can remember our proper place in the Earth community.

Description of marketing method:

Experienced CSA and Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry Growers

Open to future small farmer's market growing (value-added items: honey, pickles, sauces; as well as specialty in-demand vegetables)

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Westchester

Desired acreage:

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

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access, Electrical Access

Description of water access required:

Well or municipal water access is fine.

Should be able to effectively water 1/4 - 2 acres of land efficiently using drip lines or designated/mobile sprinklers.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Description of livestock/crops:

Looking to keep approximately six chickens (layers) on premises for eggs and manure.

Open to sheep or goats in future years.
 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are interested in exploring several options, including direct sale, seller financing, and the possibility of working with a land trust. 

Additional Information

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

Maybe

Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Operated a 100 member CSA program for three years in addition to other years of farm work and apprenticeship.