Why Microgreen Grower Chris Thoreau Set Up A Co-Operative Business Structure for his Micro Urban Farm (FSFS85)

When you start your farm business, one think that you need to think about is your business structure. Sole proprietorships and LLCs are common ways to go, but there are also other options, like co-operatives… That’s how farmer Chris Thoreau of Food Pedalers structure his business, and that’s the subject of today’s show… Today I’m going up to Vancouver to …

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 …

The Niche Farm – Experiences Selling to A Diversity of Market Streams Without a Diversity of Crops – Episode 4

When you think about what your selling, don’t forget that what you are selling isn’t just what’s in the cooler behind your booth. You’re selling yourself, your story, and the role that you play in a bigger movement; all intangible assets that can allow you to succeed without having a diversity of products. But if you want to grow, 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. …

Thinking About Growing Microgreens as a Business – The Tedious, Detail Oriented Reality of Growing Microgreens – Episode 3

Over the last two episodes [Episode 1, Episode 2] we looked at How Chris started and grew his microgreen business, and we have taken a look at what’s possible with that business when it grows. And if you just stand back and look at the numbers, their jaw dropping. Let’s be honest. Grossing $200,000 growing 10 day old crops in …

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.  …