Farmer Profile for David Noriega

Co-Applicant / Spouse Name

Gina Morra

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I used to work on an 18 acre CSA farm that also supplied local restaurants. Now I am currently managing a 3 acre CSA farm located on a NY State Park. I am 25 years old with a strong work ethic and I am ready to take my career to the next step. I am a organic small scale intensive no till farmer that also follows the biodynamic calendar and uses biodynamic preparations. My goal is to preserve soil structure and create a balanced ecosystem on the farm. I also have tons of carpentry skills and although I don't use a tractor much I have a ton of tractor experience. I study herbalism a bit and would like to grow a ton of medicinal herbs to offer to the community. My plan is to find a place to relocate my family and live a good life. I would like to start or manage an operation that supplys a CSA to the surrounding local community, markets and supplys local chefs with fresh produce. A place where I can have community events, educate kids and the local community about how they can grow a garden of their own. My partner is a yoga teacher and we hold yoga retreats together Upstate. I grow and cook all the food while she teaches the classes. They have been super successful for us! Ultimately our goal is to have a place where we can have the best of both worlds. A farm that offers yoga retreats and education. I would like to have chickens or ducks and possibly a heard of goats in the future. I would also like to venture into cultivating log grown mushrooms.

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?

Yes

Counties being considered

Addison
Bennington
Caledonia
Chittenden
Essex
Franklin
Grand Isle
Lamoille
Orange
Orleans
Rutland
Washington
Windham
Windsor

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?

Vegetables

What other enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Flowers
Greenhouse
Herbs
Poultry
Vegetables

Total Acres Desired

5.0

Tillable Acres

3.0

Organic

Yes

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

Greenhouse, a tractor to make beds, storage for tools, wash station. That would all be a plus but isn't 100% needed. I can make all that happen. Water source would have to be provided though!

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Short-Term Lease
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable)

No

Are you interested in conserved farms?

Maybe (Please send me information)