Farming When the Game Changes – Balancing Being a New Parent and the Farm – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS99)

There’s one event that happens in many people’s lives which instantly changes their life forever. Overnight, instantly, everything is different. Your life, your approach to life, how you view life, and how you go about living life all change. It’s an event that some people aren’t ready for and one that others are ready for, but one where no one …

Conquering Analysis Paralysis By Starting a Whole Farm at Once – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS94)

Welcome to world of Farming Small and Farming Smart, it’s The Urban Farmer. When you are starting any new business it can be very overwhelming. You have a lot to do all at once – building infrastructure, creating your brand, marketing, cultivating a customer base, customer service, and of course producing a product. All essentially full time jobs, but full …

Growing More Crops and Making More Money in the Same Space with Inter-planting – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS91)

Today it’s back to Kelowna and Green City Acres as Curtis and I take a look back at his experiences with inter-planting, planting multiple crops in the same space . It’s something that he’s done for a few years now, and something that he’s doing again this year with his tomatoes. We first stated talking about this subject back in …

Considerations and Constraints with Hiring Farm Employees – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS86)

Today is another episode where Curtis and I will be widening the scope, stepping back and zooming out from the tools and techniques and his 1/3 of an acre farm, to take a look at some of the macro issues surrounding agriculture. The focus today is on employees. Curtis will take about his thoughts on hiring employees, and what he …

Interns – The Good and The Bad – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (TUF82)

Valuable and necessary to the success of the changing landscape of agriculture… or an abused form of cheap labor that helps some farms appear more profitable than they really are… That’s what we are talking about today on The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone With the 2017 season underway, we’ll be widening the scope. Not only going beyond Curtis and …

Increasing Revenue, Dropping Crops, and Growing 14,500lbs of Vegetables on One Third of an Acre – A Year End Review – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 35

About one year ago Season 1, Episode 37 aired. It was us taking a look back at Curtis production for the 2015 season. Today we will do something similar for 2016, because a lot has changed. Let’s start by rewinding the clock and go back that previous episode from December 2015… “We are officially out of the main season and …

Staying Motivated Pursuing Your Own Path – Be it Growth, a Cause, or Freedom – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 34

Anytime that you do something for a long time, over and over again, how do you keep it fresh. Let’s be honest, any time that you do something for weeks and years, eventually that honeymoon phase wears off. As should be expecting, things changes, life changes, and you change. If that think that’s getting old is you farm, and your …

Making Your Farm Better Without Spending Much Money – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 33

A lot of people who want to start farming, don’t start because they focus too much on what they don’t have and not enough on what they do have. Land’s too expensive. Lack money to start a farm. Common complaints that you hear about starting up a farming enterprise. And I will fully acknowledge that those constraints are very real. …

Building Soil – Where Bio-intensive Growing and Market Farming Collide with Jodi Roebuck – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 32

Curtis is on vacation, so I am joined by bio-intensive farmer Jodi Roebuck. Jodi’s been farming and studying under the originator of the Grow Bio-Intensive form of farming, John Jeavons, for 18 years. Jodi’s well known for using Jeavon’s bio-intensive method to build soil. Soil that’s deep and loose enough to literally put your arm into up to your elbow.  …

Why not add more land – How much land should YOU farm? – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 31

“During 2013, I took on a partnership with a friend and merged our farms. He had been farming for one year. Together we farmed 2.5 acres and grew around 90 types of vegetables.  We had one site (that was previously his) at 2 acres, and the other 0.5 acre consisted of all my urban plots, with one peri-urban plot across …