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The Urban Farmer


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Foreword, by Diego Footer

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 1/2 Acre Or Less
  1. The Zones of Your Farm and Your Life
  2. Crops Better Suited for the City
  3. Introdution to Urban Infrastructure
  4. Start-Up Farm Models
3: The Business of Urban Farming
  1. Starting Small
  2. Market Streams
  3. Working with Chefs
  4. Labor
  5. Software and Organization
  6. Self-Promotion
  7. Finance Options
4: Finding the Right Site
  1. Scouting for Land
  2. Urban, Suburban and Peri-Urban Land
  3. Multiple or Single-Plot Farming
  4. Urban Soil
  5. Land Agreements and Leases
  6. Urban Pests
5: Building Your Farm, One Site at a Time
  1. Turning a Lawn Into a Farm Plot
  2. Choosing A Site
  3. Garden Layout
  4. The Perimeter
  5. Irrigation
6: Infrastructure and Equipment
  1. Base of Operations
  2. Tools
  3. Special Growing Areas
  4. Inexpensive Season Extension
  5. Transportation
7: Operations
  1. Work Smarter not Harder
  2. Harvesting
  3. Post-Harvest Processing
  4. Portioning and Packing
8: Production Systems
  1. Beds for Production
  2. Planting
  3. Microgreens
  4. Extending the Season
9: Basic Crop Planning
  1. Determine Your Outcome
  2. The Base Plan
10: Crops for the Urban Farmer
  1. Parting Words

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Strategies and techniques for making a living with intensive food production in small spaces

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.

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