Defensive Rotation for Pests
- If a crop has pest issues, get that crop off of that plot and get it somewhere else.
When pests are spotted:
- Immediately identify the issue.
- Then find out if it’s affecting other crops.
- Then start planting a new succession of that crop at another plot.
- If you know that certain plots get hit by certain pests, then stop planting that crop there. This could be always or seasonal.
Setting First Year Expectations
- Look at your few first years as though you are going to school to learn something.
- Try to give yourself a bit of a financial buffer for the first year.
- Be realistic with your first year expectations. Don’t get overconfident at the risk of log term gain.
- Expect to make a third (or relatively low number) of your ultimate goal the first year.
- Work to learn, not to earn. It isn’t one year or bust.
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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.
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