The Urban Farmer
21%
off

The Urban Farmer : Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

4.21 (138 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. 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. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 185 x 229 x 15mm | 567g
  • New Society Publishers
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • 75 color photos, B&W illustrations
  • 0865718016
  • 9780865718012
  • 7,356

About Curtis Allen Stone

Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm based in Kelowna, BC. Farming less than half an acre on a collection of urban plots, Green City Acres grows vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants and retail outlets. After five successful seasons, Curtis has demonstrated that one can grow an extraordinary amount of food in a backyard, and make a good living doing it. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.show more

Table of contents

Preface i. Back story ii. Why I wanted to farm iii. My barriers were my solutions iv. Green City Acres - A commercial farm grossing $75K on 15,000 square feet.1. A farm in the city i. Why urban farming? ii. A quick breakdown of economics iii. An urban farmer's place in the community2. A Viable Farming Business On Half An Acre Or Less i. The zones of the farm and your life ii. Crops better suited for the city iii. Urban infrastructure iv. Start up farm models3. The Business of Urban Farming i. Starting small ii. Market steams iii. Working with chef's iv. Labour v. Crunching numbers vi. Self promotion vii. Community connection viii. Finance options4. Finding The Right Site(s) i. The urban advantage ii. Scouting for land iii. The Suburbs - Problem to Solution iv. Multi-Locational v. Single Site vi. Urban soil & Fertility5. Building your farm, one site at a time i. Your first site ii. Satellite farms iii. Converting a lawn into a profitable micro farm iv. Layout v. The Perimeter vi. Irrigation 6. Infrastructure and Equipment i. Base of operations ii. Tools iii. Farmers Markets iv. Nursery v. Inexpensive Season Extension vi. Transportation7. Operations i. Work smarter not harder (the 40 hour farm week) ii. Structuring the week iii. Processing iv. Bed turn over v. Urban pests 8. Production Systems i. A standardized bed ii. Extending the season iii. Planting iv. Harvesting v. Micro greens9. Crop Planning i. Determine outcomes ii. The base plan iii. Quick succession planting iv. The flexible farm plan v. Interplanting vi. Record keeping 10. Crop Profiles i. Crops for the urban farmshow more

Rating details

138 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 49% (68)
4 29% (40)
3 17% (24)
2 3% (4)
1 1% (2)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X