Gregory Askildsen

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Biodynamic / Organic Farmer, Agrcultural Consultnat and Trainer,Soil Food Web Consultant, Civil Engineer, Land Surveyor, Forrest Manager and Carpenter.

Seeking land in the Lower Hudson Valley

Type of farming operation would be dictated by the land being offered as that is one of the premises of Biodynanmics.

Ideal situation would have a mix of crop land, pasture land, forrest with existing pond or water source. Existing infastructure is allways helpfull but not a prerequisite ( Barns, Greenhouse, Dwelling, Equipment)

 

Description of marketing method:

CSA - Farmers Markets - Direct Sales to Restaurants

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Hay

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep

Description of livestock/crops:

Livestock

The keeping of livestock would be primarily for fertility and polination. At most a few dairy goats and honey bees, Manures would be composted for field application and used in the production of brewed compost tea. The keeping of livestock is not a prerequsite

Fertility Management

Fertility management would consist of biological soil assessment, the production of Biodynamic / biologically assessed compost, the production and application of brewed compost tea and soil drenches. The production and use of Biodynamic field preparations.

Cash Crops

Raised Bed Vegetable Production A-Z (5 Acres managed on a 3 year fallow rotation)

Small tree orchard and/or shrub orchard

Forrest mushroom production

Pasture Management

Biological soil assessment. Topographic mapping for "Keyline" assessment and "Keyline water conservation plowing. Application of Biodynamic preparations and Biological soil drenches. Rotational grazing and hay.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, 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:

Veteran Farmer, Biodynamic Practitioner, Biological Agricultural Consultant,Trainer, Forrest Manager, Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor. Dedicated to the preservation, rejuvenation, and improvement of our nations agricultural and forrest landsand in the development of sustainable food systems.

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Cropsey Community Farm - Rockland Farm Alliance- Co creator-Farm Manager 250 member CSA operated on public lands

Miracle Springs Farm- Columbia County NY-Creator-Consultant- Co-owner. 100 head goat dairy, 40 acre black dirt vegetable operation.

NYS Dept of Parks-Civil Engineer-Land Surveyor-Construction Project Manager

Siol Food Web Consultant-Ongoing Training

Fellowship Community-Pfeiffer Center-Duryea Farm-Chestnut Ridge NY. Year long training in Biodynamics. Co-Worker, Volunteer.

Threshold Farm-Columbia County NY-Training in Biodynamic Tree Orchard Management

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Brimstone Hill Winery- Pine bush NY - Seasonal pruning of conventional wine vineyard

Blooming Hill Farm- Monroe NY- Seasonal pruning of organic wine vineyard

Log House Builders Association of North America- Redmond Washington-Forrest Management-Land Surveying

Established Pleasentville Farmers Makket

Established Chappaqua Farmers market

Established Mt Kisco Farmers Market

Marketed in the NYS Green market for over 10 years