Urban Farm Land – Gaining Access to Land and How To Convert the Land from Lawn to Mini Farm – The Urban Farmer – Week 9

    Tips for seeking out land to farm Make sure that you are on the same page with the land owner BEFORE you enter the deal. Curtis gives his landowners about $80 to $150 a month in produce.  That roughly equates out to the amount that the landowner would have to spend per month if they paid someone to …

Build A Sustainable & Profitable Education Business – Rancho Mastatal, A Model For Success with Scott Gallant (PVP108)

  Bits of Wisdom: Their original mission was to bring down groups of students form the states and use that as a financial base to support the local economy and provide local employment and provide the quality of life that they were after. Being in the education center business is really being in the hospitality business. What resources bring you …

Hacking the Seed, A Not So Obvious Look at Direct Seeding Crops – The Urban Farmer – Week 8

  Direct Seeding Tips and Tricks Standard Bed – 30″ wide by 25′ long. Planting too dense can compromise your yields by not leaving the plants enough space. If you don’t plant dense enough you leave too much exposed soil which can cause soil to dry out quicker and affect germination.  It can also allow to weeds overtaking beds. If …

There’s A Party In The Greenhouse?!?!? – The Urban Farmer – Week 7

        One Curtis’s Most Visible Plots in a Nice Neighborhood.  The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s). Major benefits include: Low …

Transplanting and Interplanting. Getting the Most Out of Limited Space – The Urban Farmer – Week 6

Notes from Week 6 Inter-planting can help you maximize your use of space, something that can be important when space on an urban farm is limited. Urban environments are filled with a lot of microclimates.  All of the buildings and roads have a lot of thermal mass which can hold heat. Look at crop selection.  You just can’t grow everything.  …

Protecting and Manipulating Crop Growth Using Poly Low Tunnels and Setting Up Farm Irrigation – The Urban Farmer – Week 5

      Advantages of Poly Low Tunnels Warm up the soil earlier in the season. Can be used to speed up and/or slow down plant growth cycles. Protect crops during the shoulder seasons when weather patterns can be more variable. Low cost and ultra portable compared to traditional fixed position greenhouses and hoop houses.            …

Permaculture Contracting. Ecologically Regenerative – Socially Just – Economically Viable. Presented by Erik Ohlsen (PVP106)

  Erik Ohlsen: Permaculture Contracting: Ecologically Regenerative-Socially Just-Economically Viable (1HR) Learn real world tools for design and implementation of Permaculture based contracting businesses. Permaculture principles applied to business design. Use the ethics of permaculture as triple bottom line.   Create a marketing plan that has a social impact. Imagine being able to make a career out of your passion for …