Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Not currently farming
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
Im the owner and manager of a sustainable flower company called Allora Farm and Flowers. I farm cut flowers, edible flowers, herbs and speciality vegetables for award-winning restaurants in the city, wholesale accounts and florists. I also grow out research trials for Cornell and UVM. Amidst COVID, we've pivoted our business to also sell curated boxes of foraged ingredients directly to home cooks. These Wild Boxes have been a success and were recently featured in the New Yorker. My partner and I plan to continue to build this brand while also maintaing our floral design/wedding accounts.
I have extensive regenerative farming experience through a number of celebrated farms, including Alewife Farm, Siena Farm, and the Stone Barns Center. We are seeking to partner with a landowner to manage their existing land, to build our business, and to regeneratively restore acreage.
Description of marketing method:
We sell direct to consumer delivery boxes of foraged items, through which customers can add on bouquets and other value-add products that we make.
Preferred location:Southeast, Dutchess
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10
Infrastructure required:Onsite housing, Farm equipment, Electrical Access
Description of farm equipment required:
We are seeking a small amount of indoor storage/working space (the size of a 2-3 car garage) and ideally access to a walk-in cooler or fridge.
Description of water access required:
I'm looking to grow on 1/4 of an acre and that has water access, is ready to be cultivated on and has has a tractor or BCS so I can make beds. Ideally, a walk-in cooler on site as well but thats not necessary. Housing would be optimal as well.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Other Crops
Description of livestock/crops:
Cut flowers, edible flowers, foraging, and specialty vegetables.
Tenure options desired:Farm Management, Partnership
Description of tenure options desired:
We're hoping to partner with a landowner to help manage their land with regenerative and climate friendly practices. We would also seek housing and a small amount of space to help further develop our business.
Experience & education:Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship
I've worked for two years large-scale vegetable production farms that grow 200+ varieties of vegetables, I've worked as a flower apprentice for two years at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, I've grown speciality crops for UVM and I've worked as an apprentice at a 40 acre vegetable farm in Kingston called Alewife.