In a nutshell, The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual that gives you the keys to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.
The benefits include:
- Low capital investment and overhead costs
- Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
- Easy access to markets.
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 start a profitable farm on a shoestring budget, Curtis Stone is your guy.
Lots of people love this book because shows you how little land it takes to succeed in urban farming. A half-acre is the greatest area he discusses in the book. Note that quarter-acre lots are extremely common, and you can conclude that it is not difficult to satisfy the land requirements.
In the end, Stone writes about generating incomes in the five-figure range, comparable with teachers and other professionals.
What makes this comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual truly stand out is there is a lot of value in this book for even those who are not looking to generate five-figures. It is very useful in laying out garden pots, how to extend the growing season, what to plant and how to control weeds and pests.
Something that might surprise you is the fact that Stone's background prior to farming is not remotely related to farming. After more than a decade as a rock musician, he concluded that that was not going to be his profession, so he looked for something else to do. And so he did with – no education in farming, no real experience, and little capital.
On a side note, this is book may seem too basic for people with any amount of urban/small-scale farming experience.
This comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual is very useful for beginners or those looking for new growing insight and methods. The blueprint provides content and ideas on how to organize a farm and much more.
This is a great book with No-BS filler content. After you read this book there is no reason why any motivated individual cannot make a profit from urban farming.
Now, nothing's perfect and I do want to tell you that some people may think that the book needs more illustrations and more in-depth details on some of the topics, and others may disagree with Stone's lifestyle.
The book does not really touch on organic farming, but that is not a big deal because there are plenty of other books that discuss organic farming. Stone's goal with this book was to teach you how to build a successful urban farm, which he clearly achieved.
I personally plan on using this book to run a tighter ship. For example, how much and how close to plant, planting and harvesting cycles, how to run the business (cash flow vs. crop availability), and other technical things.
The good news is, that the unique ideas and insight make the price of this book a steal.
If you want to save a ton of time researching questions, build your farm quickly, and earn a nice five-figure income as an urban farmer, then you need to buy this book now.
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