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?

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Short-Term Lease
Standard Sale
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)

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.

At 19 years old I began gardening on my parents 1/4 acre backyard growing enough food for my family and I to eat for most of the year. I quickly fell in love with farming and working directly with earth. After 3 seasons of gardening I began working full time as a farmer on an 18 acre farm that supplied 250 CSA members, local restaurants and an onsite farmstand. After 2 years at that farm I began managing a 3 acre CSA farm located on a NY State Park and did a season there. Now I am currently managing a no-till farm in Maine. I would like to start an operation that attends local farmers markets, supplys a CSA to the surrounding local community and supplys local chefs with fresh produce. I practice intensive, no till methods of farming that preserves soil structure and creates a balanced ecosystem to grow the most nutrient dense food. I also would like to have pastured chickens for personal use and maybe eventually add it as another enterprise if it seems doable and profitable. Although this is seperate from farming I'd like to add this in for those who may be interested. My partner is also looking to get into farming with me doing more of the backend side of the business while I focus on production. Where she truly shines is yoga. We do yoga retreats throughout the year and they have been extremely successful for us. She teaches the yoga classes and workshops while I bring seasonal produce that I have grown and cook all the meals for our guests. Instead of renting a house, our dream would be to have a big enough house or separate living space to combine our retreats with the farm. If any of this sounds right to you please don't hesitate to reach out. We have a solid business plan, alot of experience and some capital to work with. Hope to hear from you! David, Gina and Andes