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PV3 – Small Scale Agriculture Video Package

$99.00

Video and slides from 9 broadacre presentations from PV3.  Presentations from Darren Doherty, Greg Judy, Jack Spirko, and more.  All video is fully downloadable.

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Are you interested in small scale agriculture, urban farming or market gardening?

Do you want to start a small farm?

If so, then learn from some of the best small farmers in the business.

Farmers running profitable small farmers.  And farmers who literally wrote the books on small scale farming.

With the small scale agriculture package watch over 14 hours of presentations from Jean-Martin Fortier, Curtis Stone, Dan Brisebois, and Chris Thoreau.

Watch online or download the videos.  You will have lifetime access.

Presentation slides included.


The small scale agriculture package includes presentations from four farmers who make a good living farming.  These are four farmers who have found a way to farm profitiably on various scales from less than 1000 sq.ft. to 1.5 acres.  And their presentations are based on their real world experiences – what’s worked, and what hasn’t. 

The presenters include:

Dan Brisebois transitioned into farming in 2000 when he started working on farms (mostly growing vegetables but also grain and a bit of livestock.) He worked both as an apprentice and field manager on a range of scales from farms based around manual tools to tractors to draft horses, until the fall 0f 2004 when, with some friends, he started Tourne-Sol cooperative farm.

Chris Thoreau has been engaged in urban food production since 2001 as a farmer, educator, community organizer, and advocate. Since 2008 Chris has been based in Vancouver, BC where he attended the University of British Columbia’s Agroecology program. He received his BSc. (Hons) in 2011 after focusing his studies on urban farming, soil management, and small-scale plant breeding. Vancouver is also where he operates is very successful, and growing, year round microgreens business.

Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm based out of Kelowna, BC. Farming under an acre of land on a collection of urban plots, Green City Acres grows vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, retail outlets, and a sixty member CSA box program. Before starting his farm in 2010, Curtis had no prior experience as a farmer or gardener. He started his farm simply out of a desire to be more autonomous, live by his values, and run a business according to the triple bottom line principle.

Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer, writer, and speaker specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices. He is passionate about demonstrating how small farms can play an important role in the rebuild of the food system. His internationally recognized 10-acre micro-farm in Quebec, Canada is a perfect example of this: At les Jardins de la Grelinette, only 1½ acres are cultivated in permanent beds, yet the farm gross more than $100 000 per acre with operating margins of about 60 per cent, enough to financially sustain his family. The focus at la Grelinette has been to grow better-not bigger- in order to optimize the cropping system, making it more lucrative and viable in the process.

The value of their experience is priceless.

You can take advantage of their years of experience – the successes and the FAILURES – to leverage your own efforts – focusing on what works and avoiding what doesn’t.

This wasn’t even possible when a lot of the speakers started their careers, because these models didn’t exist. They literally had to build them.

But it’s possible now and the profitable models exist.

The presenters will share some of those models in this video package


What will you get out of the video?

Some of the key takeaways from presentations included with this package:

  • You don’t need a lot of land to generate a lot of revenue in a vegetable farming operation.

  • More land isn’t always the answer, you can grow more by maximizing the land that you already own.

  • Without keeping track of data and knowing you farm’s numbers, you will struggle.

  • The numbers don’t lie.  What are you spending time on and is it paying off?

  • Seed crops can be profitable on farms of all sizes.

  • As market gardeners, we rely on seeds. If we don’t participate in the seedscape on some level we weaken our farm system.

  • Good food starts with good seeds.

  • Having a plan and being able to adapt that plan as circumstances change will make your farm a profitable farm.

  • Even if you only have partial information, a partial plan is better than no plan at all. Your crop plan is in evolution and will get better year after year.

  • The best time to make a plan is before you start something!

  • How to lay out a site to optimize daily and ongoing market garden tasks.

  • A look at the important features of a site and of planning installations.

  • How good design saves labor and management costs.

  • How to scale up market gardening fundamentals.

  • How to merge market gardening with permaculture design on a large scale.


What you get?

  • Video from 8 different talks covering a variety of small scale agriculture topics.  Over 14 hours of content total.
    • Each video has the slides embedded right into the video (see the sample video below).
    • You can read all of the presentations descriptions below.
  • You can watch all of the video online or you can download it.
    • All video is downloadable via Vimeo.  

Presentations Included:

  1. Chris Thoreau: Ensuring Product Integrity: Factors for success in intensive microgreen production (1HR)
  2. Chris Thoreau: Microgreen Economics: Building and Maintaining a Profitable Business (1HR)
  3. Curtis Stone: $80,000 on a Quarter Acre – A Case Study of A High Profiting, Hi-Rotation Mini-Farm (3HR)
  4. Curtis Stone: Crunching Data to Crush Your Season – How to Optimize Information to Expedite Your Learning Curve and Manage Your Business and Farm (3HR)
  5. Daniel Brisebois: Integrating Commercial Seed Production Into The Market Garden (1HR)
  6. Daniel Brisebois: Crop Planning to Kick Ass (3HR)
  7. Jean-Martin Fortier: Profitable small-scale farming. How design sets the stage for success. (1HR)
  8. Jean-Martin Fortier & Jonathan Pinault: Introducing permaculture principles into a profitable market garden. (1HR)

How much does it cost?

  • $99 gets you access to all of the broadacre videos.  This content is fully downloadable.
  • Satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are dissatisfied for whatever reason. We will refund you in full within the first 7 days.

Wondering what the video will look like?

Here’s a sample of what you’ll get…


Taylor Walker: Perennial Vegetables for Profit



Jack Spirko: Taking Regenerative Agriculture Forward




 

 

Presentation Descriptions:


Chris Thoreau: Ensuring Product Integrity: Factors for success in intensive microgreen production (1HR)

Whether you are growing microgreens in an urban or rural setting; full-time or part time; as a stand-alone business or integrated into your vegetable farm – the challenges are much the same. From seed to delivery, Chris Thoreau will share the principles, actions, and systems critical to the success of his urban microgreens operation. Now in its eighth year of production in, the Vancouver Food Pedalers production model is focused on ensuring product integrity from seed to delivery – a strategy that has cemented their reputation as one of North America’s most innovative small-scale microgreens producers. This talk will give you a set of principles and strategies transferable to all small-scale farming operations.


Chris Thoreau: Microgreen Economics: Building and Maintaining a Profitable Business (1HR)

Microgreens are an appealing crop due to their high value and minimal space requirements. But a successful business requires more than a valuable crop, and the appeal of a high-value product often blinds growers to the accompanying expenses and responsibilities. Building a sustainable microgreens production system takes time and attention to ensure it can establish and maintain profitability. In this talk, Chris Thoreau will explore the dynamics at play in building a microgreens business and share key factors for financial success.


Curtis Stone: $80,000 on a Quarter Acre – A Case Study of A High Profiting, Hi-Rotation Mini-Farm (3HR)

In this 3 hour workshop, Curtis will take you through a week to week play by play production plan for a quarter acre farm, grossing $80,000. From a topographic viewpoint, he will show you exactly what crops are planted, where they go, and how often each bed will be rotated. All the elements that make this kind of profit possible will be covered, such as Hi-Rotation planting, seasonal crop optimization, vertical crop stacking, time based interplanting and moveable poly low tunnels. Sit down, buckle up and watch how it all unfolds week by week for an entire eight month season. 

Key Takeaway List:

  • You don’t need a lot of land to generate a lot of revenue in a vegetable farming operation.

  • More land isn’t always the answer, you can grow more by maximizing the land that you already own.

In this presentation you will learn…

  • How to maximize the land that you have by interplanting.

  • How to select the appropriate crops for the right time of year.

  • How to utilize simple equipment to extend your grow season.

Learn more at…

in the book The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone


Curtis Stone: Crunching Data to Crush Your Season – How to Optimize Information to Expedite Your Learning Curve and Manage Your Business and Farm (3HR)

Harvesting data is almost as important as harvesting vegetables. Much like seed needs to be saved and stored to plant again, data must also be harvested, and sorted to be fully optimized. In order to do so, you must have systems to be able to do this. Using a series techniques and specific spread sheets, Curtis will show you how it all comes together so that you can apply it to your farming season immediately as well as use it to improve systems and crops that are working and eliminate the ones that aren’t. The numbers don’t lie. This kind of information can open a whole new world of possibilities to you on your farm. 

Key Takeaway List:

  • Without keeping track of data and knowing you farm’s numbers, you will struggle.

  • The numbers don’t lie.  What are you spending time on and is it paying off?

In this presentation you will learn…

  • How Curtis keeps track of his farm’s numbers in his actual spreadsheets.

  • How you can log data in the field and the office.

  • How you can use your farm’s data to forecast demand.

Learn more at…

in the book The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone


Daniel Brisebois: Integrating Commercial Seed Production Into The Market Garden (1HR)

Growing seeds can be a profitable addition to your market garden. There is a market to sell local organic seeds to small seed companies. Or you can start your own retail seed company. Both of these sales strategies can be profitable but they do have very different costs.

The best way to compare wholesaling and direct marketing seeds is to think of seed production and seed sales on your farm as two different enterprises.

At the base you grow bulk seeds and then you sell them wholesale to your own seed company that then sells them directly to customers.

Growing bulk seed is a lot like growing vegetables: you need to prepare your soil, transplant or seed your crop, weed, maintain your crop (trellising or pruning), weed, and then harvest. And like a market vegetable operation these tasks can be done more or less profitably based on your skills, experiences and tools.

The space and time used to grow bulk seeds is very comparable to the space and time to grow market vegetables. Well managed bulk seed crops can generate $20-50 000/acre (sometimes significantly more!) And with effective harvesting end extraction methods, you can be processing over $100 of seeds an hour.

Unlike growing market vegetables, seed harvest is seasonal rather than ongoing. And your marketing happens at once rather than on a weekly basis such as when you deliver CSA vegetable baskets.

If you know what you are doing and have the market for wholesale seed crops, they are as profitable as growing market vegetables if not more!

At first glance the difference between selling seed at wholesale prices and direct market prices is simply that you are packing up seed into small packets. You then sell pinches of seed for a lot more money!

However if you sell this seed wholesale, you only have to deal with a couple of customers. To sell to a direct market you need to sell 10 of 1000s of packets to a number of  clients. And there are a number of additional  packing and marketing costs you take on. If you plan on piggybacking a retail seed business on a market vegetable business, there goes your winter. If you just want to be a seedy character, well you might be able to make it!

Key Takeaways List:

  • Seed crops can be profitable on farms of all sizes.
  • As market gardeners, we rely on seeds. If we don’t participate in the seedscape on some level we weaken our farm system.
  • Good food starts with good seeds.

In this presentation you will learn…

  • How to integrate seed crops in your gardens.
  • How to grow seeds on your farm so they adapt to your farm.
  • What are the easiest crops to start producing for seed.
  • What differentiates a profitable seed crop from a waste of time!
  • How to approach seed companies & develop a relationship.

Learn more at…

I will not be spending a lot of time on basic seed production. The audience can learn a lot about this from:

  • The Organic Seed Grower (http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-organic-seed-grower)
  • The Seed Garden (http://www.seedsavers.org/the-seed-garden-the-art-practice-of-seed-saving)
  • How to Save Your Own Seeds (https://www.seeds.ca/publications)

My blog www.goingtoseed.wordpress.com has a number of posts about growing and selling seed, and seed crop profitability.

The Organic Seed Alliance has a number of great publications including: A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and  Farmers (http://seedalliance.org/index.php?mact=DocumentStore,cntnt01,download_form,0&cntnt01pid=12&cntnt01returnid=139)

Small-scale Organic Seed Production, by Patrick Steiner covers some business basics you don’t find in other books (http://www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca/resources/seed-resources/seed-manuals/)


Daniel Brisebois: Crop Planning to Kick Ass (3HR)

Developing a crop plan is how you make your farm profitable.

In this session we will start with your financial goals and convert them into a marketing plan and a production plan. We will explore how to evaluate whether a crop is profitable or not. And we will look at how a crop plan evolves over the growing season and successive growing seasons.

I will use examples from farms with different scales to illustrate how crop choices and farming systems influence a crop plan.

Key Takeaways List:

  • Having a plan and being able to adapt that plan as circumstances change will make your farm a profitable farm.
  • Even if you only have partial information, a partial plan is better than no plan at all. Your crop plan is in evolution and will get better year after year.
  • The best time to make a plan is before you start something!

In this presentation you will learn…

  • How to plan for what is really important on your farm: your quality of life and living your values.
  • How your financial goals translate into your marketing and production plan.
  • How to quickly evaluate the profitability of your crop selection.
  • How to use spreadsheet pivot tables to make your data go further.
  • That what makes a crop profitable on your farm changes greatly in function of your landbase and farming systems.
  • That plan is a 24-letter word: plan-monitor-control-replan (this is a holistic management concept)

Learn more at…

I will be drawing heavily on the Crop Planning For Organic Vegetable Growers handbook I wrote with Fred Thériault.


Jean-Martin Fortier: Profitable small-scale farming. How design sets the stage for success. (1HR)

Tools and horticultural techniques make up the best part of what makes a diversified vegetable operation profitable, but in this presentation JM Fortier, author of the best-selling book The Market Gardener, will discuss how the design stage of any farm might be even more important. Gleaning for the experience of his own 2 acre market garden and that of a new 5 acres one, he’s currently setting up, JM will elaborate of some of the design principles he has followed.

Key Takeaways List:

  • How to lay out a site to optimize daily and ongoing market garden tasks.
  • A look at the important features of a site and of planning installations.
  • How good design saves labor and management costs.

In this presentation you will learn…

  • How Jean-Martin has taken his experience farming two acres to scale it up.
  • How Jean-Martin has integrated permaculture design into a larger scale farm design that also focus on productive market gardening.
  • How the design is also aiming towards supporting a profitable farm business model

Learn more at…

To learn more you can read JM’s book The Market Gardener.


Jean-Martin Fortier & Jonathan Pinault: Introducing permaculture principles into a profitable market garden. (1HR)

Did you ever wonder where was the sweet spot between market gardening and permaculture?

Jean-Martin Fortier, market gardening expert, took on this challenge when he took on the task of establishing a new farm-project for the 21 th century.

Merging permaculture principles with those of profitable farming is sometime not so easy to do, but is there a sweet spot were both discipline can feed of one another.

During 2015, JM and Écomestible, a permaculture landscaping team, designed from the ground up the first phase of the market garden at «Ferme des quatre temps», an experimental and production farm located in southern Québec.

In this talk Jonathan and JM will present their strategic approaches ranging from habitat creation for beneficials, large-scale polyculture plots designed for market and much more…

 Key Takeaways List:
  • How to scale up market gardening fundamentals.
  • How to merge market gardening with permaculture design on a large scale.

In this presentation you will learn…

  • How Jean-Martin has taken his experience farming two acres to scale it up.
  • How Jean-Martin has integrated permaculture design into a larger scale farm design that also focus on productive market gardening.
  • How the design is also aiming towards supporting a profitable farm business model that also increases biodiversity.

Learn more at…

To learn more you can read JM’s book The Market Gardener.


Invest in Yourself

I am a big believer in investing in yourself…

The one thing in this world that you have control over is yourself – what you know and what you can do. No one can take that away from you and you can take it with you wherever you go.

If you get laid off or have to be relocated, what you know goes with you. And people who know more are able to deal with change easier than those who don’t.

Build resiliency into your life by increasing what you know and who you know, so you can then look for opportunity.

The only way to get true freedom is by being able to take control of your own financial destiny. You can only do that if you have a plan and the skills to execute it.

I believe that these videos are one way to add some of the those skills to your toolbox. 

Regardless, keep learning and keep going for it.