Ian Brunell

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am currently farming full-time at a goat dairy with my partner. My background in agriculture spans across orchard work, vineyard work, but has mostly been focused on diversified livestock production, rotational grazing, and regenerative practices. My partner's experience has mostly been in diversified livestock production. We've managed medium size flocks of poultry, goats, sheep, and small herds of cattle. Currently we work for a small goat dairy together, and in planning for the future and wanting to pursue our own land management and animal-raising, we are establishing salaried jobs to fund our own agricultural endeavors. I am employed in the New Paltz area, and we are looking for land to lease, and potentially even transition into ownership, in the mid-Hudson Valley areas. Most of our experience and practice revolves around organic (certified or not) livestock and grassland management. There's always a lot to be said about farming experiences and goals, and I would love the opportunity to talk a little further about our experiences, what you might be looking for, and potential of working together.

Description of marketing method:

Direct marketing to customers, or restaraunt accounts. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Dutchess, Ulster

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

We're goat farmers. Coming from a place where we could potentially bring a small herd with us, but otherwise would be looking to start mostly from scratch with herd building.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Looking mostly to lease land to develop a herd, and if a farmer is looking to sell or transition land into diversified livestock production to a young couple, we are more than interested in meeting!

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Varied experiences at farms as a farm employee, though never officially in a management position, plenty of decision making and experiences from a management standpoint.