Co-Applicant / Spouse Name
Please describe your past and/or present farming experience
I grew up on a small farm in Central Massachusetts, and after obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Dairy Science with a minor in Agribusiness I moved to the Ithaca NY area and got a herdsman position on a 5,000 cow dairy farm. On the farm I was in charge of protocol management, herd health, and fresh cow care; while there I was able to learn business dynamics and excellent herd health skills. I attended Cornell in pursuit of graduate studies in Animal Science, and mostly worked with the microbiology and mastitis management. At Cornell I became interested in preventative medicine which sparked my interest in organic farming, so I found a job managing a small organic farm. My partner is also from an agricultural upbringing and studied agribusiness and livestock. He as well is from a conventional farming background and has extensive knowledge of crop production, animal care, pasture management, and equipment operation and mechanics.
Are you currently farming?
Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?
Counties being considered
What types of enterprises are you considering?
Total Acres Desired
Acres in Pasture
Farm Structures Needed
Bucket tractor, hay equipment would be a plus.
Which of the following arrangements are you considering?
Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Lease with Option to Buy
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)
Are you interested in conserved farms?
Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.
We are looking to start a diversified organic farm that creates biodiversity with the land and animals. We hope to use our knowledge of dairy cows to intensively manage a herd of hybrid cows on 100% grass. Following the cows we hope to use chickens to graze the pastures so they can benefit from what the cows have left behind; our plan is to be diversified and create sustainable, and humane animal practices.