Profitable Urban Farming. A realistic view with farmer Curtis Stone. Working your ass off and making $50,000 on a quarter acre. (PVP083)

Permaculture Voices Curtis Stone Podcast



Key Takeaways:

  • Even if the worst happened and the business failed.  How bad would it actually be?
  • Learn stuff as you need to.  You don’t have to learn everything up front.  Doing is more important that constantly trying to learn more and know it all.
  • Often times a hard commitment or commitment to deliver is what can really make you go out and take something on and work it out and make it happen.
  • If it has been done before, then it can be done. 
  • Realize the power of saying no.  You can’t do it all.
  • Don’t over complicate the model.  Get it up and working and stable, then innovate, tweak and push the limits.
  • Consider the value of your time.  Are you spending your time doing high dollar activities?
  • 80% of your profits come from 20% of your crops.  What crops are you focusing on?
  • 80% of land is dedicated to high and medium value crops.
  • You don’t have to quit your job to do this.  Start on the side.



  • “If you believe that you can do it, then you can do it.”
  • “You’ve gotta hustle to do this.”
  • “You have to accomplish something before you move onto the next thing.”  The failure of multi-tasking.
  • “Go with what you know.”
  • “An urban farmer is far more than just a food producing farmer.  You’re an educator, you’re a connector, you’re doing a social service to the community, by showing people, hands on, this is how you grow 10,000lbs of food in 2000sq.ft.”
  • “This is the beauty of urban farming, you are in the market.  The market is right there.”




Curtis Stone’s TEDx Urban Farming Talk

Urban Farming, Tools of the Trade

Urban Farming, Bed Preparation

Meet Your Urban Farmer, Curtis Stone





Curtis’ Previous Interview, Episode 026:




Profitable Urban Farming: San Diego Workshop with Curtis Stone

November 15 and 16.

San Diego, CA

More information on this page.


Urban Farming Workshop Flyer


Profitable Urban Farming: Long Beach Workshop with Curtis Stone

November 22 and 23.

Long Beach, CA

More information on this page.


Urban Farming Workshop Flyer LBC




More information on Curtis Stone:

Green City Acres

Green City Acres on Facebook

Curtis on YouTube

You can contact Curtis via info at greencityacres dot com

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Comments 4

  1. I’m signed up for the Urban Farming Tour on Jan. 31st in Orlando, FL. Glad I found this before I go, thanks Diego and Curtis!

  2. I think Curtis mentioned in one of these that he had a thumb drive with all of his how to’s on it, and we could email him for a download. Do you have his contact info, or a copy of this stuff you could post to the show notes?

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  3. I am going to need to really listen to this one because I am getting objections from chefs whom I have brought samples too and its like why keep doing it if everyone is just saying, yeah thanks I will let you know when I need something from you.

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