Leslie Lewis

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

My partner and I are currently farming in our 3rd full season. We currently lease and manage 1.5 acres on a no-till organic vegetable production farm. We service a 60 member CSA and attend 2 farmer's markets in Hudson Valley. We are seeking to own/lease (dependent on terms) 3-5 tilable acres - spending a year preparing the land (if needed) and making compost and move into production the following season. We plan to continue using no-till/organic methods. Our short term goal is to establish a CSA and market farm and to one day establish ourselves as a non-profit entity. 

Description of marketing method:

Assessing community needs and potential CSA pick-up locations (schools/churches/major area employers)

Connecting with area farmer's markets and restaurants for wholesale opportunities

 

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:

1-5

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Ideally - Green house and Barn

Description of water access required:

Ideally - well 

Description of fencing required:

Deer fencing is a plus

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables

Description of livestock/crops:

Diversified vegetable production for market and CSA

Upwards of 40 different crops

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

For Lease, For Sale

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience & education:

Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Currently leasing/managing Second Wind CSA at Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, NY

Former Vegetable Production Apprentices at Glynwood Center in Cold Spring, NY

1 year farm labor work in Red Hook, NY

6 months travelling farmer in South America