How to Keep Weeds from Overtaking Your Farm, and How to Manage Them If They Do – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 20

[gap size=”75px”] Weeds. When it comes to gardening and farming, they a polarizing subject. Some people hate weeds with a passion and other people embrace weeds as pioneer plants the restore soils and fight for their rightful place on the landscape and the plate. The love for weeds is weak, compared to the hatred of…

Real World Challenges and Concerns about Starting Up a Farm on Half an Acre – How to Make it Happen and What to Think About – A Case Study – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 19

[gap size=”75px”] Farming, it truly is a lifestyle. And one that a lot of people seek out. This leads people down the road of thinking about how can they start or transition into small scale farming. And when they go down that path they inevitably run into issues.  Because startup isn’t always clear, or easy,…

Selling to Restaurants is Great! Maybe, Maybe Not. A look at the Pros and Cons of Selling to Restaurants – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 18

[gap size=”75px”] Today’s show is a continuation of the conversation with Curtis about High Maintenance versus Low Maintenance Customers. This is Part 2 of that series and today we specifically focus on the pro’s and cons of selling to restaurants taking into account high maintenance versus low maintenance. Given that this is Part 2 it…

All Customers ARE NOT worth Selling To, An In-Depth Look at High Maintenance versus Low Maintenance Customers – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 17

[gap size=”75px”] Imagine I walk up to your farmer’s market booth, I buy a single bunch of radishes, a tiny transaction, I take them, I eat one, I then I tell you how much your radishes suck. How are you going to feel – pissed, hurt, defensive, sad…not good. Now imagine in the same day,…

It’s REALLY Hot Out – Dealing with Summer Heat on the Farm For the Farmer and the Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 16

[gap size=”75px”] Heat causes issues on the farm. Not just with the farmer, but with the crops. Crops bolt quickly, pest pressure increases, water usage goes up, seeds dry up, transplants fry. How do you deal with those issues? How do you raise the crops that your customers want in a way that works and…

Sit Back and Count the Money – Observations and Advice from a Farmer’s Market – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 15

[gap size=”75px”] Today’s show is all about farmers markets.  And a big part of the conversation is dedicated to free samples. Are the beneficial or are they a waste? Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of free samples… It brings awareness to a product that the average customer might not know…

Your Journey to You – Following The Dream and Following Opportunity Too – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 14

[gap size=”75px”] “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to…

How to Sell More (by specializing in something) – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 13

[gap size=”75px”] Think about an established farmers market with an established customer base. Everyone shopping at that market has their preferred vendors. They buy lettuce from this guy and they buy tomatoes from that girl week after week. They don’t switch it up. If you then enter that market as a new vendor, how do…

17 Things You Need (or Don’t Need) When You Start Farming – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 12

[gap size=”75px”] Today we will be looking at 17 different things that you think you might need or might need when you start your business. Even though we will be looking at each of the items on this list through the lens of someone in their first 6 months of farming, this information extends to…