How to Raise Pigs Regeneratively in the Woods – Part 2 – Infrastructure and Equipment – Grass Fed Life – Episode 9

  [gap size=”75px”] Today we are continuing on with Part 2 in the mini-series on raising pigs on a sustainability minded family farm. This episode is all about equipment and infrastructure. Some things to think about before we get into this episode… Where are you starting from and where do you want to go? Depending…

Expanding the Farm with Social Capital – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 8

[gap size=”75px”] To set the stage… Curtis had a next door neighbor. That neighbor used to own Curtis’s house, and he rented that house from them and farmed in the back yard. When his neighbor decided to sell the house, Curtis then purchased the house from his neighbor. Subsequently that same neighbor went on to…

How to Raise Pigs Regeneratively in the Woods – Part 1 – The Basic Methodology – Grass Fed Life – Episode 8

  [gap size=”75px”] Today we will take a realistic look at how Darby raises his pigs on his farm and why. We will place a lot of emphasis on his context and how that directly ties to why he does what he does. As you will hear it’s a balancing act. It’s a constant balance…

Tomato Mania – How to Get More Total Crop Production by Inter-planting Tomatoes with Other Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 7

[gap size=”75px”] Most of the tomatoes that Curtis grows fall into the cherry and saladette category – the smaller tomatoes. These types of tomatoes offer several advantages – they are pretty vigorous, they have a relatively short DTM, and because chef’s like them. And when much of your sales are for restaurants, you grow what…

Sell What the Customer Wants and Will Pay For – Balancing Tomorrow’s Ideology with Staying in Business Today – Grass Fed Life – Episode 7

  [gap size=”75px”] When you can get a $5 cooked and ready to eat chicken at Costco, how many consumers are going to pay $40 for the same amount of product, uncooked. Not many. In a world where we are still trying to get the public to accept the $20 chicken, the $40 chicken is…

Perennial Plants for Profit – Presented by Taylor Walker at PV3 (b036)

[gap size=”50px”] Today’s episode is a replay of the presentation that Taylor Walker gave at PV3 a few months ago in March 2016. The presentation is titled Perennial Vegetables for Profit. In this presentation Taylor covers perennial vegetable gardening in the subtropics and tropics. Forget growing most of your traditional “grocery store vegetables” many of…

The Bumpy Road Towards a Modern Agricultural Future: When What Could Be and What Is Collide in Reality with Chris Kerston (PVP126)

[gap size=”50px”] What do you do as a farmer, when you are trapped in an agricultural system that values quantity not quality? A system where you literally get paid for now much you produce, irrespective of how nutrient dense it is or how sustainable it is. And how do you as a farmer work within…

Early Seasons Greens Production – Tracking and Managing One of Curtis’s Biggest Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 6

[gap size=”75px”] Greens are big business for Curtis’s farm. Both in terms of volume of product, and dollars generated for that product. His customer base, which is mainly made of restaurants, buys a lot of greens. And they pay good money for them. But like many things on the farm there is a seasonality that…

Creating The Minimum Viable Farm – $20,000 on a 2000 Square Foot Micro-Farm – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 5

[gap size=”75px”] What would the 2000 sq.ft. farm, let’s call it a micro-farm, look like? How could you best utilize that space and take many of the techniques that Curtis uses on his current 1/2 acre urban farm, to make the micro-farm generate some decent cash flow. How much could you make on a micro-farm…