So appreciative for the wisdom and guidance on this thread! Not discouraged at all. That's why I wanted to be a part of this community - so I could learn and have fun while farming and not hurt myself! A HUGE THANK YOU to YOU!
Wow -- 'tis alot on your plate! But then - what the heck . I don't know if organic standards are the same from state to state, but 'tis definitely a huge added "layer" of bio-security. I'm in So Cal, here it literally starts at the gate with a tire wash. Since you'll be working with Cornell you'll have strong mentors there.I am so grateful to be a part of this community. I am a new and beginning farmer located in Chenango Forks, NY. I currently have two elderly meat goats that I inherited from the former owners. I am interested in raising organic dairy cows (Guernsey or Jersey), organic dairy goats, organic sheep, organic chickens, and growing organic fruits and vegetables.
Right now, I am researching which dairy cow breeds work well in upstate New York. I am interested in A2/A2 genetics.
Have you done anything with raw milk before?AI it is! Thanks for the confirmation. I hear you about friends! I have a couple old machines - an old Craftsman Tractor and an old ATV with a brushhog.
I have no experience with farming/livestock. I plan to take your advice and take it slow! Thank you for the words of encouragement re: small farms!