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General Information

Preferred location(s)

  • Columbia County
  • Ancram
  • Ancramdale
  • Austerlitz
  • Canaan
  • Chatham
  • Claverack
  • Clermont
  • Columbiaville
  • Copake
  • Copake Falls
  • Craryville
  • East Chatham
  • Elizaville
  • Gallatin
  • Germantown
  • Ghent
  • Greenport
  • Hillsdale
  • Hollowville
  • Hudson
  • Kinderhook
  • Livingston
  • Malden Bridge
  • Mellenville
  • New Lebanon
  • Niverville
  • North Chatham
  • Old Chatham
  • Philmont
  • Stockport
  • Spencertown
  • Stottville
  • Stuyvesant
  • Stuyvesant Falls
  • Valatie
  • Taghkanic
  • West Lebanon
  • Other County
  • Other Town

Tenure options

  • Short Lease (1-5 years)
  • Long Lease (5+ years)
  • Lease to Own
  • Sale/Purchase
  • Other Tenure Agreement

Property Requirements

Acreage to lease (total)

  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100
  • Greater than 100

Description of buildings

On-site or nearby (under 10 min drive) housing and one or more functional outbuildings for livestock, hay/equipment storage required.

Description of water access

Willing to develop pasture water system in cooperation with land owner.

Description of fencing

Future plan is for high-tensile perimeter fence with moveable electric fencing within. Looking to cooperate with landowner for design & installation.

Farm Business

Primary crops or livestock

  • Aquaponics/Fish
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Flowers
  • Fruit
  • Goats
  • Hay
  • Herbs
  • Homesteading
  • Horticulture
  • Mushroom
  • Orchard
  • Permaculture
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetable
  • Vineyard

Primary crops or livestock description

Primarily pastured rabbits & poultry, sheep & beef in the future. Our ideal property would have potential for multiple enterprises to be spun up & integrated as additional farmers are recruited.

Marketing method(s)

Direct Marketing via home delivery & farmer's markets in year 1 seeking wholesale & B2B accounts as production scales. Potential to develop social media/youtube channels for additional exposure & marketing channels.

Business plan

In progress

Will your operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Maybe

Experience and education

  • Farm apprenticeship
  • Farm internship
  • On-farm work experience/employment

Additional experience and education

Mark's Experience:

Internship at Soul Fire Farm, Grafton, NY 2012
Internship at Longmeadow Farm, Cornwall, CT 2012
Internship at Heather Ridge Farm, Preston-Potter Hollow, NY 2013
Assistant Manager at Falling Water Permaculture Center, Sharon Springs, NY 2014
Raised & direct marketed small flock of Muscovy ducks, 2014
Work/Live Trade, Solstice Hill Farm, Sharon Springs, NY 2014
Veggie Mobile Market Assistant, Capital Roots, Troy, NY 2014-2015
Co-operator, Soliphilia Farm, Greenwich, NY 2016-2017 - Raised & marketed geese for Christmas 2016
Farm Crew, Laughing Earth Farm, Cropseyville, NY 2018-2019 - Veg picking crew for 115 member CSA, 2018; Livestock assistant, 2019
Certificates/workshops: 
Permaculture Design Certificate from Whole Systems Design in VT, 2016
Regenerative Ag workshop with Mark Shepard at Back to the Lane Farm, 2017
Intro to Holistic Management via Little Seed Gardens/Hudson Valley Savory Hub, 2018
Game of Logging lvl 1-4 Chainsaw Certification, Vermont Woodland Training, 2019
HERD Fellowship, Regenerate 2019 Conference, HMI & Quivira Coalition, 2019
Reiki level 3 Master - Usui & Shamanic style, Maya Moon Wellness, 2020