It turns out, that farming on small plots can be highly profitable. In fact, hundreds of people have started farming on under an acre in urban area as a full time business.
Curtis Stone, owner/operator of Green City Acres, a pedal powered urban farm in Kelowna BC, wants you to create a successful profitable urban farm! In that last two seasons, Curtis has made $20k and $60k in sales by growing fresh vegetables on ¾ of an acre. This year, Curtis is teaching you how to become a successful urban farmer.
Listen to Curtis explain why he wants to help you create a profitable urban farm by clicking play below:
Fellow course member and co-host of the Video Lesson, Luke Callahan, explains why he is compelled to be an urban farmer. Click play below:
Luke Callahan, founder of GroAction, has zero gardening experience. He will be starting his own urban farm this year and a is fellow member of the course. He is just in the process of looking for a plot to farm in Portland, Oregon (as of 1.25.11):
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Why is Urban Farming important?
The reason they are so dedicated to helping you succeed is because of the huge need for our local economies to become more resilient in the coming years. Currently, industrial (supermarket) agriculture prices are directly linked to the price of oil. So, when a gallon of gas gets up to $6/gallon,food prices will also increase just as much.
This may seem scary, and in some regards it is. But, it is also a huge potential to make a profitable urban farm. By figuring out what vegetables people are paying high prices for in your area, you can grow those vegetables (local climate permitting) and sell them for a profit while helping your local economy become more resilient.
The details of the course:
**This course is laid out for you to go through all the steps of creating a successful urban farm even if you’ve never grown a vegetable before.**
1. Tasks – Each week we will give you tasks to complete for your urban farm.
2. Video Lesson – When you get the task, Curtis and Luke will go over Luke’s completed task to evaluate his progress and help you with yours .
3. Submit your progress – After you have completed your task you will submit your progress to be reviewed by Curtis, Luke, and your peers. With the submissions, Curtis and Luke will review a sample of them in the weekly video lesson, talking about the good points and what can be improved.
Check out this clip of Curtis analyzing a potential plot for Luke’s farm: