John Brooks

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Seeking land to start up a goat dairy as the primary operation. Have experience working on an 80 head goat dairy where cheese, milk, and kefir are produced. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

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

Description of buildings required:

Bare minimum infrastructure requirements would be barns for livestock to be housed, well water access, electricity, and a place to stay on farm or nearby. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Hay

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

Dairy goats for cheese, milk, kefir as well as some egg layers. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

Prefer to lease to start, but eventually want to purchase. Would also consider a similar farm management opportunity in NY. 

Additional Information

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

Yes

Experience description:

Currently managing a goat dairy in PA.