Tips for Finding Land to Farm in the City – What Works and What Doesn’t – The Urban Farmer – Week 15

  [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed]   Tips for acquiring land Go the path of least resistance.  Are there friend, family, or neighbors that you already have a relationship with that could let you use some land to get started? Have a flagship plot.  A plot that shows what you can do and plan to do.  This will become…

5 Common Reasons Why Many Small Farmers Fail and How You Can Avoid These Pitfalls – The Urban Farmer – Week 14

[x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed]   Common Reasons Why Many Small Farmers Fail At Farming Growing too many crops.  Not focusing on the crops that make you the most money and fit your growing system best. Growing what you want, not what the market wants Not knowing who your customers are. Where do they live, how much money do…

Harvesting Products, Delivery to Restaurants, and Crop Planning – The Urban Farmer – Week 13

    [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] Urban Farming Tips from this Episode. Curtis hand waters new areas when he plants seeds when it is hot if those areas are on drip irrigation.  The drip irrigation can’t keep the soil most enough to get the plants established. Schedule your days out when it starts to get hot.  Do the…

Greens. A Powerful Economic Driver of the Urban Farm that Keeps on Giving and Giving – The Urban Farmer – Week 12

      [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] Tips for Selling & Growing Greens If you compromise and give up less yield on the first harvest, then you get more cuts later on.  So he is cutting greens closer to germination.  Short crop, lower yield and more cuts. Harvest when stuff is ready, versus on a set strict schedule.…

High Production Tomato Growing – How to Grow a lot of Tomatoes in a Small Space – The Urban Farmer – Week 11

    [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] Tomato Growing Tips Curtis found a niche growing generic looking tomatoes. “Whatever people want, is what I am gonna grow….  Who wants what, and how much are you gonna buy?” “Often that means just swallowing your price and that means I am just going to do this because it’s what people want.”…

How much money can you make as an urban farmer? And other questions answered. The Urban Farmer – Week 10

    [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] In this episode Curtis answers questions on.. How much land you should start with your first year. How much you could expect to make your first year of farming. How he does his harvesting. How he deals with crop residue in his no till beds. Raised beds.  A fit or not? Does…

Urban Farm Land – Gaining Access to Land and How To Convert the Land from Lawn to Mini Farm – The Urban Farmer – Week 9

    [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] Tips for seeking out land to farm Make sure that you are on the same page with the land owner BEFORE you enter the deal. Curtis gives his landowners about $80 to $150 a month in produce.  That roughly equates out to the amount that the landowner would have to spend per…

Hacking the Seed, A Not So Obvious Look at Direct Seeding Crops – The Urban Farmer – Week 8

  [x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] Direct Seeding Tips and Tricks Standard Bed – 30″ wide by 25′ long. Planting too dense can compromise your yields by not leaving the plants enough space. If you don’t plant dense enough you leave too much exposed soil which can cause soil to dry out quicker and affect germination.  It can also…

There’s A Party In The Greenhouse?!?!? – The Urban Farmer – Week 7

[x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed]         One Curtis’s Most Visible Plots in a Nice Neighborhood. [x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed]  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…

Transplanting and Interplanting. Getting the Most Out of Limited Space – The Urban Farmer – Week 6

[x_audio_embed][/x_audio_embed] Notes from Week 6 Inter-planting can help you maximize your use of space, something that can be important when space on an urban farm is limited. Urban environments are filled with a lot of microclimates.  All of the buildings and roads have a lot of thermal mass which can hold heat. Look at crop…