Time is Money – Advantages, Disadvantages, and Things to Consider for Farm Scale Poultry Processing – Grass Fed Life – Episode 5

  [gap size=”75px”] “I am looking into starting my farming business soon, in nearly such a manner as you did Darby, while working a full time job in the city. I plan to start with chickens and have a few questions…. Did you start out processing your own birds? I ask because I live in…

How to Position Your Pastured Poultry as a Premium Product, and the Economics and Challenges of Doing It with Paul Greive of Primal Pastures (PVP124)

[gap size=”50px”] If you are listening to this and you are selling a product, how have you positioned your product in your market? Are you selling the premium product, the mid range product, or are you the cheap option in your product category? If don’t know then you have a problem. If you know then…

If you don’t succeed it’s your own fault; Stop blaming people and get to work – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 4

[gap size=”75px”] We start off today talking about whether you should start farming with a greenhouse or not. The conversation quickly turns into reasons why people succeed and don’t succeed. Hopefully this episode is a welcome kick in the ass for those who need it. And motivation to keep kicking ass for everyone else. [gap…

Forced to leave a farmers market due to low sales – What’s Next? – Grass Fed Life – Episode 4

  [gap size=”75px”] Darby has been at one particular farmers market for the past six years, but this year he is changing things and not returning to that market due to low sales. In today’s episode we will talk about what he looked for in a new market, and how evaluated a new market.  …

How To To Start Lettuce in Micro Soil Blocks and Why to Do It That Way – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 3

[gap size=”75px”] Today’s episode focuses on starting and transplanting Salanova via micro soil blocks. Curtis will talk about how he starts Salanova lettuce using the blocks and the advantages for doing so. We also run a quick time and cost analysis of starting lettuce in blocks versus cell trays to show the comparison.  At the…

Advice on Choosing Hatcheries, Chicken Tractors, and How Darby Starts His 500 Broilers on Pasture – Grass Fed Life – Episode 3

  [gap size=”75px”] 500 baby chicks have arrived at Darby’s farm thus beginning the cycle of raising broilers for the season.  With the chicks on farm we will talk about what the next steps are. We also discuss the importance of choosing the right hatcheries and breed.  Not just to make sure that you receive…

Scaling Up The Market Garden – A Visit to the Farm of the Future – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 2

[gap size=”75px”] It’s currently March 30, 2016. And over the past few months Curtis has literally been all around the world. I today’s episode we’ll look back at some of the places that he visited and what he took away from those visits. From the high tech innovation being done at Jean-Martin Fortier’s Le Ferme…

A New Farm Season Begins – Making Improvements and Planning Ahead – Grass Fed Life – Episode 2

  [gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”100px”] Takeaways from this episode “You use what you have when you start.” Expect to lose 20% of your customers year over year. Always building your customer base. Starting with cattle, then start with stockers. Learn how to work with cows.  Learn how to manage grass. Need to plan long…

Taking Advantage of Time with the Passive Techniques of Over-Wintered Crops and Stale Seed-bedding – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 1

[gap size=”75px”] If we go back to where we left of Season One of the show, it was December and there really wasn’t any crop production happening on the land itself for Green City Acres.   At that time some of the land was sitting fallow waiting for future planting in the spring, and some…

Raising Cows, Pigs and Chickens Profitably on Pasture – Grass Fed Life – Episode 1

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”100px”] About farmer and father, Darby Simpson Entering his 10th year of farming in 2016. Started farming part time in 2007.   Went full time in 2010. Started on 1 acres with 50 broilers. Farms on 50 acres now. 15 acres are in hay. 35 acres are fenced in for grazing cows…