David Weiss

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Part time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Status: READY! I'm currently living and working on a friend's horse ranch in Ulster county. I've been working on a business plan for the past 18 months while living and working on farms while I did sales for my company that went under due to covid.

Plans: Small scale sustainable agriculture is the only way we can endure. I want to not only start a farming enterprise but also teach people how to grow their own food.

1-2 acres in veggies to sell through u-pick, farmers markets, CSA and wholesale.

1 acre in melons and pumpkins.

Additional 2ish acres in corn to put up to feed meat birds. I want to close the loop on food production. Grow the feed! 

Practices: All regenerative and organic.

Description of marketing method:

Pick your own, CSA, Farmers Markets and wholesale clients. I worked in digital marketing for 3 years and we can leverage a lot of "go to market" strategies that I learned (email blasts, post card mailers, digital marketing) Nothing has the staying power like a good old fashioned face to face conversation!!

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

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, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Farm equipment, Water access

Description of farm equipment required:

<35HP Tractor with rototiller and bed former.

Description of water access required:

I've always worked with dripper and precision watering practices. Would either need a pond or deep well althought we can get creative. (ie. seasonal spring into above ground pool via ram pump, rain water catching, trickle pumping from a couple dug wells into resevoirs)

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Grains, Hay, Other Crops

Primary Livestock:

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

Description of livestock/crops:

Laying hens for eggs. Several turns of cornish cross meat birds a year. Seasonal Turkeys for the big Gobble aka Thanksgiving! Pasture management with roation of the hens, pigs and beef.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

I'm open to any tenure option that's fair and make sense.

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:

25 years gardening on a 1/4 acre

2 Years - Built, managed and sold commerical greenhouse hydroponic tomato business

6 months on horse ranch

6 months on cattle ranch

1 Year on organic strawberry and pumpkin farm  

1 Year bulk produce business in NYC

Volunteer at Gotham Greens when they first got started

4 years growing sprouts and microgreens for home use