"Steve’s visit was not only immeasurably informative, it motivated and inspired us. In addition to the actual consultation, he followed up via email summarizing main steps and provided additional reading material. He truly wants you to succeed. I have no doubt that his consultation not only prevented us from making some costly mistakes, it enhanced our project beyond what I imagined." - previous client
Each year, I get many requests for support as people consider how to best steward land and develop systems to meet their goals for production, whether it be to provide for personal and community needs, or as a business enterprise.
Having personally been on a journey of land stewardship and with experience developing a wide range of infrastructure and systems ranging in scale and scope for over 15 years, my approach to consulting is to seek solutions at the intersection of your goals and what is "best" for the land and for future generations to come.
I listen closely in our conversations and try to reflect back what I hear as important. I work to clarify and deepen your goals, and I always advocate for approaches that fit best with the realities of your situation, given what you might have available as far as time, capital, and experience. I am honest and direct on what I am able to offer , and I will be clear when I don't think I am the best fit for your needs.
Initial Intake Call
All consulting starts with a 90-minute call over ZOOM using Google Earth to look at the site. The call is followed with a short summary over email and potential next steps. This is billed as 2 hrs of time after the call (to account for organizing the write up) and payment is requested within one week of sending over the summary email and invoice.
Availability for site visits and deeper project work is all dependent on current load of clients and the time of year. At max, I have roughly 5 - 10 hours a week to devote to consulting work during the off-season of farming. Generally during the farm season (June 1 - October 1) I am unable to take on new consulting work.
The best time for planning and site visits is during the off-season anyway! (mid-Oct through May). Clients are accepted on a first come basis and a wait list is kept for further projects as space opens up.
Site Visits (currently limited to single day trips from Mecklenburg, NY)
Mileage to/from site at 58.5 cents/mile and hourly charge at 50% of hourly rate for time.
I offer tiered rates based on household income. Those who can afford more help support working with those who can’t, and together we all move forward. See www.policy.wellspringforestfarm.com for more info on tiers.
Tier 1 : $45/hr Tier 2: $60/hr Tier 3: $80/hr
If you’d like to discuss further or see if there are openings, please feel free to contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org with “CONSULT REQUEST” in the subject line, or call 607.342.2825
Before our first call, its very helpful if you can email me a simple boundary map of the site you are wishing to discuss. This quick video shows you how to make and export a file you can email to me.
- Assessing land for purchase
- Forest health assessment
- Siting buildings, roads, infrastructure
- Water management and harvesting features
- Indoor and outdoor mushroom cultivation systems
- Silvopasture and integrated grazing planning
- Agroforestry planning with water management design
- Mushroom enterprise development (outdoor and indoor)
- Maple sugaring tubing layouts and technical support