Ways of making the farm for efficient and effective.
- What crops aren’t worth that much, but are still worth growing to add some variety to what you can offer. Can you grow those crops in non-prime spaces?
- Can you offer case lot and bulk quantities of products to large buyers?
- Does your product have to be bunched? If the consumer doesn’t care, then you can save a lot of time harvesting and washing.
- Offering more value to the customers that really want to buy more stuff. Focus on the quality customers instead of trying to get more customers.
- Maximize your transit time. Think about what needs to be done where and always bring stuff back and forth.
- Transit time adds up. Close plots mean less transit time, and that time benefit may outweigh other gains that farther plots present.
- Time on Farm Hacks: stale seed-bedding (tarps, flame weeding), no-till, landscape fabric to prevent weeds.
- Can you create or use passive systems that mitigate or eliminate tasks that don’t pay.
- Interplanting has greatly improved Curtis’ farm productivity.
- Soil blocks can greatly increase transplanting times.
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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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