Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Part time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Currently I run Bed Stuy Fresh in Brooklyn through my job as a vocational physics teacher in the NYCDOE. We had 6,000 sq feet of food production that is closing down due to a new park this fall. That space provided for a 20 person CSA, a food equity program, and a low cost market. We have 3 outside perennial native gardens for people to enjoy and are opening a 4th at a new site. We run 4 indoor hydroponic growing systems. I am interested in buying state upland and over a few years Transition upstate full time. My partner is a chef / butcher.
Description of marketing method:
Focused on finished food product opposed to raw veggies.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Desired acreage:6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100
Infrastructure required:Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Water access, Electrical Access
Description of buildings required:
Minimum some cleared/ semi cleared space with utilities. Hoping for some barn space also. Everything else is a plus.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops
Primary Livestock:Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry
Description of livestock/crops:
Hoping to start with chickens and expand.
Tenure options desired:For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement
Description of tenure options desired:
Would prefer to buy. If a mortgage is not okay with buyer a lease to own situation or something similar. I am open.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Maybe
Experience & education:Formal agricultural education, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship
My education only comes from the many classes I’ve taken over the last decade. I’ve managed and grown bed stuy fresh for a few beds to a much larger operation with more diverse growing.