I'm still putting together a prospectus for lessors and potential partners, but for a basic description of us and our planned operation:
We are a husband-wife couple who have been farming off and on since 2010. Our main experience is in small-scale mixed vegetable, but we eventually look to diversify with fruit trees, nuts and other perennial crops once we own some land.
For now we are looking to get our customer base established and develop a presence in a neighborhoods where we have existing marketing relationships. Our desired markets are in the central and southewest CT, lower Hudson valley and greater NYC area.
Our goal for 2020 is to provide enough food to provide 100 people, or 30-40 families, with the majority of their fresh produce that year. We aim to grow especially affordable high quality nutrient dense food that surpasses local organic standards by employing many low-cost techniques for soil building, natural weed suppression, and resource conservation.
We would look to balance our risks and maximize flexibility through a combination of selling through a local CSA and farmers markets. The exact mix of these outlets would be heavily location dependent given the transportation and storage options we wind up with.
Our initial production would be mostly staples, regionally appropriate field crops and culinary herbs, with limited reliance on high tunnels.
We hope to follow closely the no-till practices being developed and perfected by some of our fellow farmers. This would minimize our reliance on motorized tools and reduce soil compaction. In general our philosophy of farming is regenerative - to leave the land healthier than we found it - so we consider working the land, our own or someone elses' to be a great privilege.