Farming Status and Plans
Farming status:Part time
Description of farming status, plans, and practices:
I have developed an interest in fruit and nut tree propogation from cutting and seed. My plan for now is to seek land that I can slowly begin to develop this fall with the ultimate goal of creating a small, self-run, tree nursery business. Bare root fruit and nut trees is the goal, but some ornamental varieties would be nice as well in addition to perennial food crops. The operation would house hens that would help generate compost for lush, nutrient-rich beds for raising young, bare root trees of all varieties with the goal of shipping 1 to 2-year-old bare root trees in the spring and fall in an online forum. Other ways of supplementing my income would be developed over the years, but for now I would like to acquire some rough land to begin creating hugelmounds which would break down in the coming years and turn into fertile beds for planting.
Description of marketing method:
Online primarily for shipping bare root trees in the spring and fall. Potentially a small farmer's market operation of perennial crops and eggs.
Does this farmer have a business plan?In progress
Preferred location:Southeast, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Desired acreage:1-5, 6-10
Infrastructure required:Water access
Description of water access required:
Some kind of pond, stream, and/or well for pulling (low energy) irrigation and drinking water.
Crops and Livestock
Primary crops:Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops
Description of livestock/crops:
Hens would be used onsite for help with the production / decomposition of compost for fertile tree beds. Egg production for myself for sustenance, and overflow eggs could be sold locally. The rich compost would be used for beds to grow young trees from cutting and seed. Trees such as: apple, chestnut, hazelnut, walnut, serviceberry, oak, locust, ash, beech, persimmon, pawpaw, plum, peach, fig, mulberry, raspberry, blackberry, elderberry, smoke, cherry, crab apple, redbud, osage orange, hyssop, currant, Japanese maple, etc. More to come over the years as I learn what does well and what does not.
Tenure options desired:For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Maybe
Experience & education:Farm internship/apprenticeship
Mostly self-taught and experimentation with a small patch of land in Brooklyn, NY.