Orlando Diaz

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Mission Statement

Our mission is to grow healthy, high-quality organic produce and sell at an affordable cost to the local community. Through education and volunteer opportunities, we want to help cultivate a space where members of our community can develop a relationship with the land where their food is grown. We want to inspire sustainability and support local commerce.

Vision

We would like to carry out our mission using the CSA business model as our main focus/source of income.  Our short term goal is to move to the Hudson Valley and start a small CSA operation that will eventually allow us to both work on the farm full-time. Our long term goal is to live on and run a 20-50 acre certified organic vegetable CSA farm with some livestock in the Hudson Valley area that involves you-pick activities, on-farm educational and volunteer opportunities, relationships with local restaurants/businesses, and participation in local farmers' markets.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Eastern, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Looking for something to start in 2019.

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Currently, managing Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, an 80-acre certified organic vegetable farm that provides 2,400 shares each season throughout Long Island and Queens. Manage all aspects of vegetable production (planning, planting, tractor work, watering, harvesting, etc).