Your Business Model Sucks, or You’re Not Very Good at It… (and what to do about it) – The Urban Farmer – Week 35

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] [x_blockquote cite=”Chris Thoreau” type=”center”]”If you are doing this for 5 years and it doesn’t feel like you are are making progress then your model doesn’t work, or you’re not very good at it.”[/x_blockquote] [gap size=”50px”]   What to do if your business model sucks. If your model isn’t working, why…

Ask The Urban Farmer – Curtis Answers Questions – From Startup to Restaurant Sales to Record Keeping – The Urban Farmer – Week 34

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”100px”] How to manage your time on the farm? [x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed] [gap size=”75px”] How to start up your own backyard urban farm? [x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed] [gap size=”75px”] How to find land for urban farming plots? [x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed] [gap size=”75px”] How to negotiate land leases for urban farming? [x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed] [gap size=”75px”] How…

Improving Processes to Be More Time, Energy, and Labor Efficient AND more Profitable – The Urban Farmer – Week 33

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”] How can you speed the harvesting process? Do you need to leave the tops on? Can you wash the product in a faster and easier way? Can you bunch them in the field? Can you bag the product versus bunching it? Can you package the product in larger sizes? Can…

Post Harvest Crop Processing and Small Farm Equipment That You Wouldn’t Think Of – The Urban Farmer – Week 32

[gap size=”75px”] [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] [gap size=”50px”]   Notes on small farm infrastructure… Do you really need a tiller? Would you be better borrowing or renting one to occasionally use during the season? Don’t oversize your tiller unless you really plan on expanding. Flame weeders are handy tools for controlling weeds without having to disturb the soil.…

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.…

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…

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…

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…