Alison Parker

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

We had our own organic farming business (CSA and market) in Illinois for a little over 10 years on rented land.   Our last year farming on the property, a lease was offered to us by them, one which we felt was unsustainable for our business.  We declined signing that lease and decided to look for a more permanent, stable farm for us to be at.  We decided on New York since it is close to family and we have a lot of good friends in the state.  Our still-active business website is for more information about us.

Description of marketing method:

We had done plenty of social media advertising, as well as word-of-mouth and making connections in our last business.

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, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50

Infrastructure required:

Water access

Description of water access required:

Good well preferred.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits

Primary Livestock:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Poultry, Other livestock

Description of livestock/crops:

Ducks for eggs and meat, possibly.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, Partnership, For Sale

Description of tenure options desired:

We are hoping to buy a property.  (Purchase or lease-to-own, etc.)

Additional Information

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


Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, Farm management, Farm employee, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

Before running our own farm, we had interned, worked and managed farms.  We have an educational background in organic growing, permaculture and medicinal herb growing.