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The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land by Curtis Allen Stone PDF

429 Pages·2016·9.48 MB·English
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Praise for The Urban Farmer The Urban Farmer is simply the best guide out there for anyone wanting to grow vegetables for market. Chock full of practical information on costs, business planning, the best crops to grow, how much land to farm, growing techniques, and how to develop markets, this book covers it all. Curtis Stone shares his hard-won knowledge on setting up and succeeding at small-plot intensive (SPIN) farming in lively, easy-to-grasp prose, in all the detail you’ll need to get started. Curtis not only tells us what works, he reveals, based on his own experience, what didn’t work for him, and that alone is worth the price of the book. This is a comprehensive real-world manual from someone who’s done it, and any market farmer will profit greatly from reading it. — Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden and The Permaculture City 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. It is simultaneously deeply visionary and immensely practical, always a heady brew. It allows us to look at urban land in an entirely different way. If I were 18 again and given this book, it would put fire in my belly and set me on a career path that is cutting edge, deeply entrepreneurial and profoundly responsible. It deserves to be a best seller. — Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition movement and author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff. 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. And the best part is his willingness to share what is a successful business model. If you’re interested in learning to profitably start a farm on a shoestring budget, Curtis Stone is the go to guy. — Jean Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener A first-rate, hands-on guide to successful and profitable farming on the very small scale, Curtis Stone’s The Urban Farmer should be required reading for anyone who thinks that growing food requires hundreds of acres off in the countryside. Highly recommended. — John Michael Greer, author of Green Wizardry Curtis Stone has artfully blended my three favorite things — entrepreneurship, independence and sustainable food production into one amazing book. He has also done so in a way that lowers the entry point for anyone who is truly motivated to no longer have any excuse for not getting started. To say I recommend this book highly is a gross understatement. I consider it required reading for anyone with a goal to start a business, not matter what niche they end up in. — Jack Spirko, TheSurvivalPodcast.com If factory farms are not the solution to the biggest issue of our time — how to feed 9 billion people without cooking the planet — what can we do? Grow more food in the cities where we live. Urban agriculture is a tradition dating back thousands of years as well as an innovation reshaping modern city design. It’s also a lure for a growing number of idealists drawn by a vision of reconnecting with the land while becoming part of the solution. But hold on. Anyone who’s tried it as a business knows there’s more to urban agriculture than romance. It takes hard work and common sense — two gifts Curtis Stone has in spades, and he’s always been generous with sharing it. Local growers have appreciated the lectures and workshops where he spells out the dollars and sense behind growing city food. Now readers everywhere have the opportunity to tap into this valuable resource. If you’re going to invest in your future as city food grower, start with a copy of The Urban Farmer. — David Tracey, author of Guerrilla Gardening and Urban Agriculture This book is a treasure for anyone really serious about making a decent living off an urban farm. Back-to-the-lawn urban farming might look easy, but Curtis Stone shows exactly how that “ease” grows out of getting a thousand details right. They’re all in this book, generously shared. This is not just a well-written business text, illustrating the myriad technical, entrepreneurial, marketing, accounting, farming and people skills Curtis developed to work smarter, not harder. It is even more a quintessential “how-to” manual, taking the reader step by step by step to the roots of running a profitable urban farm. — Peter Ladner, author of The Urban Food Revolution and a long-time urban food gardener Copyright © 2016 by Curtis Stone. All rights reserved. Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Upper left cover photo © Andrew T. Barton. Unless otherwise noted, all cover and interior photographs by Curtis Stone. All interior illustrations by Anthony Ross (flexanimousart.blogspot.ca). Printed in Canada. First printing January 2016. Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part of The Urban Farmer should be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below. To order directly from the publishers, please call toll-free (North America) 1-800-567-6772, or order online at www.newsociety.com Any other inquiries can be directed by mail to: New Society Publishers P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada (250) 247-9737 LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA CATALOGUING IN PUBLICATION Stone, Curtis, 1979-, author The urban farmer : growing food for profit on leased and borrowed land / Curtis Stone. Includes bibliographical references and index. Issued in print and electronic formats. ISBN 978-0-86571-801-2 (paperback). — ISBN 978-1-55092-601-9 (ebook) I. Title. 630 C2015-906769-3 S494.5.U72S86 2016 C2015-906770-7 New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision. We are committed to doing this not just through education, but through action. The interior pages of our bound books are printed on Forest Stewardship Council®-registered acid-free paper that is 100% post-consumer recycled (100% old growth forest-free), processed chlorine-free, and printed with vegetable-based, low- VOC inks, with covers produced using FSC®-registered stock. New Society also works to reduce its carbon footprint, and purchases carbon offsets based on an annual audit to ensure a carbon neutral footprint. For further information, or to browse our full list of books and purchase securely, visit our website at: www.newsociety.com Contents Foreword, by Diego Footer Preface 1 A Farm in the City 1. Why Urban Farming? 2. Connecting the Dots: An Urban Farmer’s Place in the Community 3. Quick Breakdown of Economics 2 A Viable Farming Business On ½ Acre Or Less 4. The Zones of Your Farm and Your Life 5. Crops Better Suited for the City 6. Introduction to Urban Infrastructure 7. Start-Up Farm Models 3 The Business of Urban Farming 8. Starting Small 9. Market Streams 10. Working with Chefs 11. Labor 12. Software and Organization 13. Self-Promotion 14. Finance Options 4 Finding the Right Site 15. Scouting for Land 16. Urban, Suburban and Peri-Urban Land 17. Multiple or Single-Plot Farming 18. Urban Soil 19. Land Agreements and Leases 20. Urban Pests 5 Building Your Farm, One Site at a Time 21. Turning a Lawn Into a Farm Plot 22. Choosing A Site 23. Garden Layout 24. The Perimeter 25. Irrigation 6 Infrastructure and Equipment 26. Base of Operations 27. Tools 28. Special Growing Areas 29. Inexpensive Season Extension 7 30. Transportation

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