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.
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).
About the Author
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.
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 farm