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

The Urban Farmer



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 a leverage point to gaining access to more land.
  • Start with less than a quarter acre your first year.  That is a big enough plot to give you some upside, while not being so big that it is overwhelming.
  • Making less land effectively is better than managing more land poorly.  Focus on maximizing what you have first, and then seek out more land when you are confident that you can manage it effectively.  More is not always better.



“At the end of the day a sustainable operation must first be profitable, so that it is sustainable for you, the farmer. If it’s not sustainable for the farmer, then it’s not sustainable period.” Curtis Stone

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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.

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  1. I got my first piece of land from taping flyers door-to-door and now I am just trying to reach out to the local media and hopefully get some more off of that. The second piece of my strategy was actually provided by Curtis Stone, so I am grateful to you brother. Fingers crossed that I get the media attention I need.

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