Farming For More Than Dollars – A Look at The Multiple Forms of Income from Farming – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 10

[gap size=”75px”] Most people don’t get into farming to get rich. Does that mean that you can’t get rich farming, no it doesn’t. But if you only motivation to farm is to get rich, then you better buckle up because you have rocky road ahead. Because when it comes to amassing monetary riches the road…

How to Sell More Vegetables – Options Beyond The Farmers Market, Restaurants, and CSA – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 9

[gap size=”75px”] When you start out farming one of the things that you need to figure out ahead of time is how are you sell all of the product that you sell. There’s no use growing it, if you can’t sell it. Traditionally for vegetable farmers the common methods of distribution for farm product is…

Expanding the Farm with Social Capital – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 8

[gap size=”75px”] To set the stage… Curtis had a next door neighbor. That neighbor used to own Curtis’s house, and he rented that house from them and farmed in the back yard. When his neighbor decided to sell the house, Curtis then purchased the house from his neighbor. Subsequently that same neighbor went on to…

Tomato Mania – How to Get More Total Crop Production by Inter-planting Tomatoes with Other Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 7

[gap size=”75px”] Most of the tomatoes that Curtis grows fall into the cherry and saladette category – the smaller tomatoes. These types of tomatoes offer several advantages – they are pretty vigorous, they have a relatively short DTM, and because chef’s like them. And when much of your sales are for restaurants, you grow what…

Early Seasons Greens Production – Tracking and Managing One of Curtis’s Biggest Crops – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 6

[gap size=”75px”] Greens are big business for Curtis’s farm. Both in terms of volume of product, and dollars generated for that product. His customer base, which is mainly made of restaurants, buys a lot of greens. And they pay good money for them. But like many things on the farm there is a seasonality that…

Creating The Minimum Viable Farm – $20,000 on a 2000 Square Foot Micro-Farm – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 5

[gap size=”75px”] What would the 2000 sq.ft. farm, let’s call it a micro-farm, look like? How could you best utilize that space and take many of the techniques that Curtis uses on his current 1/2 acre urban farm, to make the micro-farm generate some decent cash flow. How much could you make on a micro-farm…

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…

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…

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…

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…