Being Realistic with Your First Year Expectations – Work to Learn, Not to Earn – The Urban Farmer – Week 31

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] 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.…

Farm Planning and Land Design via the Regrarians Platform with Darren Doherty – Part 1 – Climate and Geography (b032)

  [x_gap size=”50px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [x_line] Darren Doherty presents the Regrarian Platform. This is Darren’s introductory presentation that he gave at Grant Schultz’s Versaland in October 2014. The presentation lays out the ten key components of the Regarian platform – climate, geography, water, access, forestry, buildings, fences, soils, marketing, and energy. This episode focuses on the…

When to Expand the Farm By Adding More Land and When NOT TO Expand By Maximizing What You Have – The Urban Farmer – Week 30

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”]   Is more land actually worth it…. If you are thinking about taking on more land have a plan first. What are you going to grow on it, who are you going to sell it to, and how are you going to produce it? Are you maximizing the space that…

How To Increase Profits and Get More Done… by Doing Less Work – The Urban Farmer – Week 29

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] [x_blockquote cite=”Curtis Stone” type=”center”]”It all goes back to Pareto’s Law.  What are the 20% of the things that are giving you 80% of the return?” [/x_blockquote] How To Increase Profits and Get More Done… by Doing Less Work Focus on what works.  And get rid of what doesn’t. What are…

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

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] [x_blockquote cite=”Curtis Stone” type=”center”]”You carve the road as you go.” [/x_blockquote] Farm Record Keeping – How to Approach it and Why It’s Important Keep good notes regarding: What are you selling?  What were you short on? The the next year you can look back and see where you were short…

Making a Good Living with Profitable Market Gardening on 1.5 Acres – Presented by Jean-Martin Fortier (b029)

  [x_gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed]   Jean-Martin Fortier: Making a Good Living with Profitable Market Gardening on 1.5 Acres Is there a place for permaculture principles in a bio-intensive approach to successful ( and profitable) small-scale vegetable production? For more than a decade Jean-Martin and his wife have been making a living farming on 1.5 acres…

What You Are Doing May Not Work… Do It Anyway – The Urban Farmer – Week 27

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] [x_blockquote cite=”Curtis Stone” type=”center”]”You carve the road as you go.” [/x_blockquote] Preparing Mentally for Farming Before you take the journey.  Be prepared to accept that absolute failure is a reality and not be afraid of that. What’s the most realistic worst case scenario if everything goes wrong? If all else…

A Beginners Guide to Multi-Species Grazing on Leased Land – Presented by Greg Judy (b028)

    [x_gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed]   Greg Judy: Multi-species Grazing On Leased Land This talk will cover the steps used to find leased land and build a multi-species grazing operation from scratch. By using a variety of livestock to manage the forages it allows better utilization of plants. Harvesting much more solar energy through the…

More Common Reasons Why Many Farmers Struggle, and Practical Advice On How You Can Avoid Those Struggles – The Urban Farmer – Week 26

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] [x_blockquote cite=”Curtis Stone” type=”center”]”Work to learn, not work to earn.” [/x_blockquote] Common Reasons Why People Get Into Farming Fail Taking on Too Much Land, Doing Too Much Spending too much time catching up, versus really learning the process. Consider the value of your time. With too much land you might…

Starting a Permaculture Farm from Scratch – Lessons Learned from Real World Experiences – Presented by Grant Schultz and Peter Allen (b027)

  [x_gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed]   Peter Allen & Grant Schultz: Starting a Permaculture Farm from Scratch Peter and Grant met at a Darren Doherty workshop in 2012 as landless farmers with the shared dream of regenerating landscapes. Since then, they’ve both landed properties, planted thousands of trees, and developed large-scale permaculture farms. They will share…