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


The Urban Farmer


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 month if they paid someone to maintain the land.
  • Don’t be fixed on buying land.  Leasing, renting, or trading for access to land is a low risk way to start and may make more financial sense in the long run.



 One of Curtis's tarped plots. The beginning stages of conversion from lawn to farm.

One of Curtis’s tarped plots. The beginning stages of conversion from lawn to farm.


One Curtis’s Most Visible Plots in a Nice Neighborhood.

The Urban Farmer

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.

Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

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Comments 6

  1. I’m so thankful that Diego and Curtis are putting on an urban farmer podcast that actually focuses a bit on business. Every time I hear some permaculturist talk about gross sales per acre instead of net revenue per acre I have to fight off the urge to slap them upside the head.

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  2. This was a pretty good episode but a thing that I think wasn’t covered was how he first got access to land.
    At this point in his operation he covers people coming to him offering land but how did he get his foot in the door? Was it cold calling someone that had appropriate space available?
    I read You Can Farm several years ago and just curious what it takes in real terms to make that connection.

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      The long short of it is, try to find the lowest path of resistance to land. Does a friend or family member have access to land that you can start on, then start there. Once you start then you can show other potential land owners what you are actually doing and that it is a functioning reality, not just an idea.

      I will try to work this whole idea into a future show as well.

      In the meantime, I think he got into that topic in this episode: https://www.permaculturevoices.com/from-lawn-to-productive-profitable-mini-farm-presented-by-curtis-stone-b015/

  3. Fantastic tips for seeking out land to farm. Good communication is important when making a purchase like this so a clear understanding of the deal is crucial. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. I’m still struggling at finding the time to start my urban farm. Do you have an idea for a quicker way to get the land ready. Thanks so much for sharing!

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