Base Principles Which Make Neversink Farm Successful with farmer Conor Crickmore (FSFS118)
The Journey Towards the Regenerative Vegetable Farm – Learning, Selling, and Growing More Product Over Time with Shawn Kuhn of Vitruvian Farms (FSFS117)
Continuous Improvement – Lessons Learned on Farm and on Other Farms with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organics (FSFS116)
Knowing and Growing What Chef’s Want and What’s Profitable with chef and farmer, The Culinary Gardener Evan Chender (FSFS115)
Start with What You Can and Grow – Season Extension, Farm Tools, and Improving Processes with Ray Tyler (FSFS114)
Increasing Farm Productivity and Efficiency with Michael Kilpatrick – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS113)
The Lean Farm with Ben Hartman – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS112)
Buying, Growing, and Improving a Microgreens Business with Max Beecher and Chris Thoreau – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS111)
Starting Your Own Farm by Selling Someone Else’s Vegetables First with Max Beecher – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS110)
The Struggles and Successes of Microgreen Startup with Eddy Gilmore – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS109)
Mastering Summer Greens – How 4 Farmers are Effectively and Productively Growing Salad Greens in the Heat – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS108)
The Challenges and Successes of CSA Farming on 2 Acres with Sam McLemore of Bountiful Harvest Farms – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS107)
No-Till Farming in Rural Arkansas with farmer Brandon Gordon of 5 Acre Farms – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS106)
The Long Journey of Slowly Scaling a Farm on the Side with farmer Travis Schulert – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS105)
Bigger or Better – The Next Step for Market Gardening with farmer Jean-Martin Fortier (FSFS104)
Inside the Organic Inspection Process with Organic Inspector Laura Murray – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS103)
Is ORGANIC CERTIFICATION worth it with organic pioneer and farmer Scott Murray – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS102)
How to Grow Microgreens Consistently All Year with farmer Chris Thoreau (FSFS101)
The Future is Now – Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Urban Farmer & Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS100)
Farming When the Game Changes – Balancing Being a New Parent and the Farm – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS99)
Profitable Market Farming in The Middle of Nowhere with Blake Cothron of Peaceful Heritage Farm – Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS98)
Growing a $100,000 Farm – Elliot Seldner of Fair Share Farm on No-Till, Farm Efficiency, and Balancing Life (FSFS97)
When, How, and Why to Start Producing A New Microgreen Crop (FSFS96)
Growing Better by Growing Smaller – Going From Half an Acre to 500 Square Feet with Alex Bertsch of Epic by Nature Farm (FSFS95)
Conquering Analysis Paralysis By Starting a Whole Farm at Once – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS94)
The Five Things That Made My Farm More Profitable and More Enjoyable with Farmer Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm (FSFS93)
$350,000 on 1.5 Acres and Still Growing with Farmer Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm (FSFS92)
Growing More Crops and Making More Money in the Same Space with Inter-planting – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS91)
Farming For A Change with Advocate Farmer Caiti Hachmyer of Red H Farm (FSFS90)
10 Base Principles For Successfully Growing High Quality Microgreens (FSFS89)
Growing Vegetables and Growing Yourself with farmer Chris Gilbert (FSFS88)
Growing What Chefs Want with farmer Taylor Rogers of In Season Omaha (FSFS87)
Considerations and Constraints with Hiring Farm Employees – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS86)
Why Microgreen Grower Chris Thoreau Set Up A Co-Operative Business Structure for his Micro Urban Farm (FSFS85)
How Farmer Ray Tyler Tripled His Sales by Farming LESS Land and Focusing on Base Principles (FSFS84)
Farming Against All Odds with Ray Tyler of Rosecreek Farms (FSFS83)
Interns – The Good and The Bad – The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS82)
From the Suburbs and Skateboards to The Country and a Broadfork – The Journey of Jean-Martin Fortier (FSFS81)
The Urban Farmer Show – Season 2 Episodes
The Niche Farm – Experiences Selling to A Diversity of Market Streams Without a Diversity of Crops with Chris Thoreau – Episode 4
Thinking About Growing Microgreens as a Business – The Tedious, Detail Oriented Reality of Growing Microgreens with Chris Thoreau – Episode 3
Tips and Tricks for Growing, Harvesting, and Selling Microgreens as a Business with Chris Thoreau – Episode 2
How Chris Thoreau Started, Build, and Grew a Thriving Microgreens Business – Episode 1
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
Staying Motivated Pursuing Your Own Path – Be it Growth, a Cause, or Freedom – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 34
Making Your Farm Better Without Spending Much Money – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 33
Building Soil – Where Bio-intensive Growing and Market Farming Collide with Jodi Roebuck – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 32
Why not add more land – How much land should YOU farm? – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 31
Going For It and Failing Above Other Peoples’ Heads – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 30
Making More Money With Less Land – Maximizing The Farm versus Growing the Farm – Part 3 – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 29
Making More Money With Less Land – Maximizing The Farm versus Growing the Farm – Part 2 – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 28
Making More Money With Less Land – Maximizing The Farm versus Growing the Farm – Part 1 – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 27
Growing to Get Better – Not Just Bigger – Changes Coming to Green City Acres – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 26
Hustle – The Biggest and Most Powerful Tool on The Farm, And It’s Free – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 25
Small Scale Farming on the Cheap – What’s the least you could spend to start a farm? – Part 3 – The Tools – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 24
Small Scale Farming on the Cheap – What’s the least you could spend to start a farm? – Part 2 – The Tools – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 23
Small Scale Farming on the Cheap – What’s the least you could spend to start a farm? – Part 1 – The Base Principles – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 22
Adapt or Die – The Importance of Being Flexible with Ideas and Expectations – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 21
How to Keep Weeds from Overtaking Your Farm, and How to Manage Them If They Do – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 20
Real World Challenges and Concerns about Starting Up a Farm on Half an Acre – How to Make it Happen and What to Think About – A Case Study – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 19
Selling to Restaurants is Great! Maybe, Maybe Not. A look at the Pros and Cons of Selling to Restaurants – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 18
All Customers ARE NOT worth Selling To, An In-Depth Look at High Maintenance versus Low Maintenance Customers – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 17
It’s REALLY Hot Out – Dealing with Summer Heat on the Farm For the Farmer and the Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 16
Sit Back and Count the Money – Observations and Advice from a Farmer’s Market – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 15
Your Journey to You – Following The Dream and Following Opportunity Too – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 14
How to Sell More (by specializing in something) – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 13
17 Things You Need (or Don’t Need) When You Start Farming – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 12
Killing Busy So You Can Live – A Productivity Episode – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 11
Farming For More Than Dollars – A Look at The Multiple Forms of Income from Farming – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 10
How to Sell More Vegetables – Options Beyond The Farmers Market, Restaurants, and CSA – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 9
Expanding the Farm with Social Capital – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 8
Tomato Mania – How to Get More Total Crop Production by Inter-planting Tomatoes with Other Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 7
Early Seasons Greens Production – Tracking and Managing One of Curtis’s Biggest Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 6
Creating The Minimum Viable Farm – $20,000 on a 2000 Square Foot Micro-Farm – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 5
If you don’t succeed it’s your own fault; Stop blaming people and get to work. – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 4
How To To Start Lettuce in Micro Soil Blocks and Why to Do It That Way – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 3
Scaling Up The Market Garden – A Visit to the Farm of the Future – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 2
Taking Advantage of Time with the Passive Techniques of Over-Wintered Crops and Stale Seed-bedding – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 1
The Urban Farmer Show – Season 1 Episodes
“I am now on the path to starting my own farm!” – TUF Listeners Share Their Stories – The Urban Farmer – Encore Episode 5
Farming in the City – The Presentation – The Urban Farmer – Encore Episode 4
What Nobody Told Me About Small Farming: I Can’t Make a Living – DISSECTED – A Case Study – The Urban Farmer – Encore Episode 3
Six Months of Transition Into Farming – A Conversation with New Farmer Scott Hebert – The Urban Farmer – Encore Episode 2
Profitable Small Scale Farming in Sebastopol – A Visit to Singing Frogs Farm with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser – The Urban Farmer – Encore Episode 1
End of Season Reflection – Thinking about How Things Went This Year, to Alter Course and Plan for Next Year – The Urban Farmer – Week 40
The Urban Farmer Season Wrap Up and Looking Ahead – Thanks for Listening – The Urban Farmer – Week 39
It’s Not All About the Money – Keeping What Works and Getting Rid of What Doesn’t – The Urban Farmer – Week 38
17,500lbs of Vegetables Produced on One Third of An Acre – A Closer Look at What Was Produced on the Farm this Year – The Urban Farmer – Week 37
Losing Thousands When Restaurants Don’t Pay. Real World Issues and Troubles with Restaurant Customers – The Urban Farmer – Week 36
Your Business Model Sucks, or You’re Not Very Good at It… (and what to do about it) – The Urban Farmer – Week 35
Ask The Urban Farmer – Curtis Answers Questions – From Startup to Restaurant Sales to Record Keeping – The Urban Farmer – Week 34
Improving Processes to Be More Time, Energy, and Labor Efficient AND more Profitable – The Urban Farmer – Week 33
Post Harvest Crop Processing and Small Farm Equipment That You Wouldn’t Think Of – The Urban Farmer – Week 32
Being Realistic with Your First Year Expectations – Work to Learn, Not to Earn – The Urban Farmer – Week 31
When to Expand the Farm By Adding More Land and When NOT TO Expand By Maximizing What You Have – The Urban Farmer – Week 30
How To Increase Profits and Get More Done… by Doing Less Work – The Urban Farmer – Week 29
The Importance of Record Keeping: You can only know where you’re going if you know where you’ve been. – The Urban Farmer – Week 28
What You Are Doing May Not Work… Do It Anyway – The Urban Farmer – Week 27
More Common Reasons Why Many Farmers Struggle, and Practical Advice On How You Can Avoid Those Struggles – The Urban Farmer – Week 26
Tips for Dealing with Hot Weather and Planning Your Crop Production for the Cooler Days of Fall – The Urban Farmer – Week 25
Solving the Sales Problem – Optimizing Your Fresh Sheet to Increase Sales – The Urban Farmer – Week 24
Successful Farmers Think – The Importance of Information, Mentors, and Adaptation – The Urban Farmer – Week 23
Tips on Selling Into New Markets and Sourcing Products from Other Farmers – The Urban Farmer – Week 22
Transitioning Into Farming from the Corporate World – A Conversation with New Farmer Rob Kaiser – The Urban Farmer – Week 21
Taking a Smart Approach to Farming. Having the Right Mindset to Save Yourself Time, Money, and Mental Trauma – The Urban Farmer – Week 20
Hacking the Farmers Market. Tips and Tactics for Selling Your Farm Products Through Farmer’s Markets and CSAs – The Urban Farmer – Week 19
Creating On Farm Systems to Increase Your Efficiency and Chances for Success – The Urban Farmer – Week 18
Streamlining Tasks and Being More Efficient. Tips for Maximizing Effort and Time on the Farm – The Urban Farmer – Week 17
Different Farms, Different Markets, Different Models – Differences Between Farming Two Acres and a Quarter Acre – The Urban Farmer – Week 16
Tips for Finding Land to Farm in the City – What Works and What Doesn’t – The Urban Farmer – Week 15
5 Common Reasons Why Many Small Farmers Fail and How You Can Avoid These Pitfalls – The Urban Farmer – Week 14
Harvesting Products, Delivery to Restaurants, and Crop Planning – The Urban Farmer – Week 13
Greens. A Powerful Economic Driver of the Urban Farm that Keeps on Giving and Giving – The Urban Farmer – Week 12
High Production Tomato Growing – How to Grow a lot of Tomatoes in a Small Space – The Urban Farmer – Week 11
How much money can you make as an urban farmer? And other questions answered. The Urban Farmer – Week 10
Urban Farm Land – Gaining Access to Land and How To Convert the Land from Lawn to Mini Farm – The Urban Farmer – Week 9
Hacking the Seed, A Not So Obvious Look at Direct Seeding Crops – The Urban Farmer – Week 8
There’s A Party In The Greenhouse?!?!? – The Urban Farmer – Week 7
Transplanting and Interplanting. Getting the Most Out of Limited Space – The Urban Farmer – Week 6
Protecting and Manipulating Crop Growth Using Poly Low Tunnels and Setting Up Farm Irrigation – The Urban Farmer – Week 5
Pricing Products & Bringing On a New Employee – The Urban Farmer – Week 4
Going No-Till – The Urban Farmer – Week 3
The Setup Phase – The Urban Farmer – Week 2
It’s Winter, Know the Farm Numbers – The Urban Farmer – Week 1
Tools and References Commonly Mentioned In the Show
Dry Your Greens Course
Why convert a washing machines to a greens dryer?
Converting to one of these machines can actually save you over a thousand dollars this year. Lets say you process 300 lbs of greens each week at 50 lbs an hour. Well, when we double your speed to 100 lbs an hour, that saves three hours a week at $15 dollars an hour for a savings of $45 a week. Lets say you farm 35 weeks out of the year.
That’s a savings of over $1500 in the first year.
Add to that better shelf life, and the peace of mind that its food safe? Priceless!
What’s in the course?
The course is 11 videos and 8 PDF’s that walk you through the easy process of turning a washing machine into a greens drying machine.
The videos are short, we know you don’t have a lot of time, and only put in what you needed to know; in fact, the total conversion can be done in as little as 1-2 hours.
- We tell you what washing machine to buy or find (we’ve identified 10 models so far), the exact measurements to use when cutting the materials, and how to make it safe and easy to use.
- There is a spreadsheet of every part you need, down to the tech screws and caulk, and links to where to buy them. (even a page about places to source the basket in Canada!)
- We show the evolution of the different conversions we have done, and why we made them a particular way.
- There is a private Facebook group for us to share information, see what others have done, and show our successes.
- We only list models that we know work in North America. We can’t certify any models in Europe, but feel free to buy the course and see if the models are similar- we will refund if there are no comparable models.
Learn More and Purchase the Course
Build a Better Bubbler Course
Why build a bubble washer?
The bubble washer washes greens by loosening dirt and bugs, mixing them thoroughly, and cools the crop, all without bruising or tearing!
What’s in the course?
- Complete list of parts, supplies, and washing accessories
- 13 value pack videos on how to build and use
- Drawings so you can visualize what you are building
- Training on how to use the bubble washer after you build it
You Will learn…
- what crops do best in the bubble washer
- the size and quantity of holes to drill for best bubbling action
- Which motor is the quietest and where to buy
- what size bubble washer is right for you
- best ways to make your bubble washer food safe
- a simple $8 tool to clean your bubble washer
Learn More and Purchase the Course
Need a walk in cooler?
Or is the old walk in not large enough or on the ropes?
Build a new one on the cheap or upgrade your old one using CoolBot technology.
Save $20 and Support the show by purchasing a CoolBot through this link – Keep it Cool HERE
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 capital investment and overhead costs
- Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
- Easy access to markets
Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement.
Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.
Order the book
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The Quick Cut Greens Harvester
No more kneeling, no more knives or scissors.
This unique design allows the Quick Cut to harvest sparse stands of salad ingredients as effortlessly as it harvests full stands. Powered by a cordless drill, the harvester’s 15″ serrated blade makes a smooth, clean cut. The neat, clean surface it leaves behind is perfect for those planning on a second harvest from the same bed. The harvester is just as effective when the crop is more mature or “leggy.” A rolling brush pulls individual leaves into the blades and then throws them to the back of the basket. Made in the USA by Farmer’s Friend.
- One person can easily cut over 175 lb. per hour.
- Powered by a cordless drill, the harvester’s 15″ serrated blade makes a smooth, clean cut.
- It has a universal mount which will accept almost any cordless drill; 18V drills work best (not included).
- Weighs 6.5 lb. without a drill. Add another 4-5 lb., depending upon your drill.
Curtis Reviews the Quick Cut Greens Harvester
Learn more about the Quick Cut Greens Harvester from the manufacturer Farmer’s Friend
Connect with Curtis Stone
If you want to learn more about Curtis Stone and urban farming, then check out Curtis’ book, The Urban Farmer, and his course, Profitable Urban Farming.
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The Urban Farmer Book by Curtis Stone
Profitable Urban Farming – The Course
One of Curtis’s urban farm plots in Kelowna.