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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 185 x 229 x 15mm | 567g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • 75 color photos, B&W illustrations
  • 0865718016
  • 9780865718012
  • 6,566

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Making a living with intensive food production in small spaces

"The Urban Farmer is simply the best guide out there for anyone wanting to grow vegetables for market." --TOBY HEMENWAY, author, Gaia's Garden and The Permaculture City

THERE ARE 43 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost - but 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.

With only a small capital investment, and without the need to own land, you can become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer will help you learn the crops, techniques, and business strategies you need to make a good living growing food intensively right in your own backyard.

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, and making a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's).

"Curtis Stone is at the forefront of a stirring revolution. Urban farming will change what local food means and I know of no other farmer that is as successful at it as he is." -- JEAN-MARTIN FORTIER, author, The Market Gardener

"I have no hesitation in saying that The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone is one of the most important, and overdue, books on urban agriculture ever published." -- ROB HOPKINS, Founder of the Transition movement and author, The Power of Just Doing Stuff

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.
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Table of contents

Foreword, by Diego Footer

Preface


1: A Farm in the City


Why Urban Farming?
Connecting the Dots: An Urban Farmer's Place in the
Community
Quick Breakdown of Economics


2: A Viable Farming Business On 1/2 Acre Or Less


The Zones of Your Farm and Your Life
Crops Better Suited for the City
Introdution to Urban Infrastructure
Start-Up Farm Models


3: The Business of Urban Farming


Starting Small
Market Streams
Working with Chefs
Labor
Software and Organization
Self-Promotion
Finance Options


4: Finding the Right Site


Scouting for Land
Urban, Suburban and Peri-Urban Land
Multiple or Single-Plot Farming
Urban Soil
Land Agreements and Leases
Urban Pests


5: Building Your Farm, One Site at a Time


Turning a Lawn Into a Farm Plot
Choosing A Site
Garden Layout
The Perimeter
Irrigation


6: Infrastructure and Equipment


Base of Operations
Tools
Special Growing Areas
Inexpensive Season Extension
Transportation


7: Operations


Work Smarter not Harder
Harvesting
Post-Harvest Processing
Portioning and Packing


8: Production Systems


Beds for Production
Planting
Microgreens
Extending the Season


9: Basic Crop Planning


Determine Your Outcome
The Base Plan


10: Crops for the Urban Farmer


Parting Words


Acknowledgments

Glossary

Endnotes

Index

About the Author
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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.
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