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General Information

Preferred location(s)

  • Dutchess County
  • Amenia
  • Union Vale
  • Northeast
  • Milan
  • Clinton
  • La Grange
  • Annandale-On-Hudson
  • Bangall
  • Barrytown
  • Beacon
  • Billings
  • Castle Point
  • Chelsea
  • Clinton Corners
  • Dover Plains
  • Fishkill
  • Glenham
  • Holmes
  • Hopewell Junction
  • Hughsonville
  • Hyde Park
  • Lagrangeville
  • Millbrook
  • Millerton
  • Pawling
  • Pine Plains
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Poughquag
  • Red Hook
  • Rhinebeck
  • Rhinecliff
  • Salt Point
  • Staatsburg
  • Stanfordville
  • Stormville
  • Tivoli
  • Verbank
  • Wappingers Falls
  • Wassaic
  • Wingdale

Tenure options

  • Lease to Own
  • Sale/Purchase

Property Requirements

Acreage to lease (total)

  • 21-50
  • 51-100

Acreage to lease (tillable)

  • 11-20
  • 21-50

Description of buildings

Need a barn for shelter for cattle, sheep and pigs, chicken coop, shed for equipment

Description of equipment

Tractor(s)

  • Hay equipment bailer, rake, haybine
  • Plow, discs, drags
  • brush hog

Description of water access

Ideally a well to pump water.   

Description of fencing

  • Woven fence wiring
  • Electric fencing.
  • Portable fencing for rotational grazing / solar charger

Other requirements

Possible Housing.  I currently own a home and if the farm is in close proximity to our residence we may just have a camper we can keep at the farm until we fully transition.

Farm Business

Primary crops or livestock

  • Apiary
  • Beef
  • Educational or Non-Profit
  • Hay
  • Herbs
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetable

Primary crops or livestock description

The plan is raise heritage breed livestock; specifically.

  • American Milking Devon Cattle (potentially other rare breeds of cattle over time)
  • Tunis sheep (and other heritage breeds)
  • Dominique, Java, Faverole chickens (eggs)
  • Turkeys
  • Breed of swine not yet determined.  
  • Honey bees for honey. 

Marketing method(s)

Over the years, I have developed relationships with other local farmers.  We would create a website to advertise or products, use social media to promote our products and connect with local business' that may want to purchase locally grass fed livestock.  The goal is to sell product directly to consumers and/or local restaurants.  Also using the Breed Associations and the Livestock Conservancy we would raise livestock that can sold to other farms interested in starting heritage breed operations.  In my tenure at Stony Kill, we have recieved numerous individuals interested in purchasing starter flocks or herds for thier operations.  The heritage breeds tend to sell at a much higher rate per animal than more common breeds.

Business plan

In progress

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

Maybe

Experience and education

  • Formal agricultural education
  • On-farm work experience/employment

Additional experience and education

I was raised on a farm in the Adirondacks.  My grandfather had a dairy operation of Holstein cows.  I raised Ayrshires for 4-H and showed at the Essex County Fair.  I went to SUNY Cobleskill and got my bachelor degree in Animal Science.  I ran a small educatioal farm for The Fresh Air Fund in Fishkill, NY since 1994.  I interned at Stony Kill Farm in 1995 and currently the President of the Stony Kill Foundation and the interim farm manager for a flock of 12 Tunis sheep, 6 head of cattle (3 American Milking Devons), chickens, pigs, turkeys.  We have developed relationships with area farmers who help hay the fields.  I am a member of the American Milking Devon Cattle Association and have worked closely to develop and AI program for our cattle to ensure genetic diversity for this rare breed of cattle.