FARMroots Farmer Profile: Ernesto Acevedo, Acevedo’s Farm
Ernesto Acevedo’s “day job” is actually at night. He works the 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. shift as a cab driver in Middletown, NY so he can devote the daylight hours to growing his business: Acevedo’s Farm. A native of Mexico, Ernesto heard about GrowNYC’s Farm Beginnings class from his cousin, a veteran of the organization’s program. Designed to help immigrants and other new farmers with some experience in agriculture start farm businesses here in the Northeast, the class connected him to Greenmarket farmer John Madura, who rented him ten acres in Orange County to start off with. Ernesto graduated from the program in 2012, and after two seasons of renting, was able to purchase eight acres of farmland himself. He runs the operation with the support of his wife and five children, and has become a staple vendor at the Tompkins Square and City Hall Greenmarkets in Manhattan.