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The Urban Farmer

Product ID: 8287

Growing food for profit on leased and borrowed land.

There are 40 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.

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Curtis Stone is a farmer, author, speaker, and consultant. His area of expertise is in quick-growing, high-value annual vegetables for direct-to-consumer market streams. His book, The Urban Farmer, demonstrates organic-intensive techniques with a focus on business and systems to streamline labor and production. Established in 2010, Curtis's farm, Green City Acres, is located in Kelowna, BC, Canada. In an 8-month growing season, the farm generates over $75,000 annually on just one-third of an acre. This is accomplished by specializing in a select group of crops that allow for multiple plantings in the same beds, as well as calculated intercropping strategies. The farm has been recognized internationally as a flagship example of how profitable and productive urban agriculture can be. Words of praise from Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener: "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."

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