The Urban Farmer Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Urban Farmer


  • Author : Curtis Allen Stone
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Release Date : 2015-12-14
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771421911

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The Urban Farmer Excerpt :

There are twenty 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. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

The Urban Farmer Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The Urban Farmer


  • Author : Curtis Stone
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Release Date : 2015-12-01
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781550926019

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The Urban Farmer Excerpt :

Strategies and techniques for making a living with intensive food production in small spaces 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. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets. Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

The Essential Urban Farmer Book

The Essential Urban Farmer


  • Author : Novella Carpenter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-01-10
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101559321

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The Essential Urban Farmer Excerpt :

The "how-to" guide for a new generation of farmers from the author of Farm City and a leading urban garden educator. In this indispensable guide, Farm City author Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal share their experience as successful urban farmers and provide practical blueprints-complete with rich visual material-for novice and experienced growers looking to bring the principles of ethical food to the city streets. The Essential Urban Farmer guides readers from day one to market day, advising on how to find the perfect site, design a landscape, and cultivate crops. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on windowsills, or tomatoes on fire escapes, this is an invaluable volume with the potential to change our menus, our health, and our cities forever.

Farm City Book
Score: 4
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Farm City


  • Author : Novella Carpenter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-06-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101060179

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Farm City Excerpt :

Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two three-hundred-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana (anal spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill, tomatoes on their fire escape, or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market, Carpenter's story will capture your heart. And if you've ever considered leaving it a

Urban Farming Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Urban Farming


  • Author : Thomas Fox
  • Publisher : Fox Chapel Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-06-07
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781935484837

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Urban Farming Excerpt :

It doesn't take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don't have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Hobby Farms Urban Farming, from Hobby Farm Press and the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, will walk every city and suburban dweller down the path of self sustainability. Urban Farming will introduce readers to the concepts of gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate. This comprehensive volume will answer every up and coming urban farmer's questions about how, what, where and why;a new green book for the dedicated citizen seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill.

The Urban Farmer Book

The Urban Farmer


  • Author : Justin Calverley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017-02-20
  • Genre: Bee culture
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0733334539

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The Urban Farmer Excerpt :

The guide for anyone who dreams of living the country life in the city by growing their own healthy, sustainable fruit and veg - and more! Producing our own fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs and honey is perfectly possible in a suburban space, and this practical guide will help urban dwellers develop a more sustainable existence. With a deep knowledge of permaculture and organic gardening, horticultural expert Justin Calverley shows you how to establish a diverse urban farm, whether in your own backyard, a courtyard or even a balcony. Justin advocates observing and following nature's cycles and patterns as the best way to a sustainable and productive garden.As well as growing fruit and veg, The Urban Farmer explains how to take up bee-keeping, chook care, propagation, maintaining your plot and preserving your patch's bounty. So be inspired and get cracking with your own personal garden of Eden!

Urban Farms Book

Urban Farms


  • Author : Sarah.C Rich
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2014-11-26
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9781613123195

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Urban Farms Excerpt :

Urban Farms provides in-depth profiles of 16 innovative farms located in major metropolitan areas across the country, each operated by passionate individuals and communities committed to growing their own fruits and vegetables and raising animals. Included in these pages are some of the leaders in the movement, from Novella Carpenter’s farm in an empty lot in Oakland to Growing Power’s vast compound in Milwaukee. In addition to stories about the farms and their owners, sidebars provide basic how-to tips for such activities as composting, canning, beekeeping, and growing vegetables. A burgeoning movement that is fast catching on, urban farming taps into many touchstones of the zeitgeist, including environmental awareness, the foodie culture, localism, distrust of mass-production farming practices, and the DIY approach to life and living.

The Urban Farm Handbook Book

The Urban Farm Handbook


  • Author : Annette Cottrell
  • Publisher : Skipstone
  • Release Date : 2011-09-21
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594856389

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The Urban Farm Handbook Excerpt :

* More than 150 sustainable resources for the Pacific Northwest * More than 90 basic home-production recipes * 75 black-and-white and 35 full color photographs * Up-to-date information on Seattle-area urban farming permits and policy Is that . . . a goat in your garage?! It might be if you've been reading The Urban Farm Handbook: City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat. In this comprehensive guide for city-dwellers on how to wean themselves from commercial supermarkets, the authors map a plan for how to manage a busy, urban family life with home-grown foods, shared community efforts, and easy yet healthful practices. More than just a few ideas about gardening and raising chickens, The Urban Farm Handbook uses stories, charts, grocery lists, recipes, and calendars to inform and instruct. As busy urbanites who have learned how to do everything from making cheese and curing meat to collaborating with neighbors on a food bartering system, the authors share their own food journeys along with those of local producers and consumers who are changing the food systems in the Pacific Northwest. Organized seasonally, this handbook instructs on: And so much more!

Farm the City Book

Farm the City


  • Author : Michael Ableman
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 131
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771423281

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Farm the City Excerpt :

“A useful manual for anyone interested in turning the concrete jungle green . . . a must-have for any urban dweller serious about farming.” —Publishers Weekly In Farm the City, Michael Ableman, the “Spartacus of Sustainable Food Activism,” offers a guide to setting up and running a successful urban farm, derived from the success of Sole Food Street Farms, one of the largest urban agriculture enterprises in North America. Sole Food Street Farms spans four acres of land in Vancouver, produces twenty-five tons of food annually, provides meaningful work for dozens of disadvantaged people, and has improved the surrounding community in countless ways. Coverage includes: Selecting land and choosing the right crops Growing food in city farms, including plans for planting and harvesting Fundraising and marketing strategies, philosophies, and vital information for selling fresh products Navigating local government and regulations Engaging the community and building meaningful livelihoods Farm the City is an invaluable tool kit for entrepreneurs and activists looking to create economic and social value through urban agriculture. Urban farming has the power to change diets, economies, and lives. Yet starting an urban farm can seem daunting with skills and knowledge that extend beyond growing to include marketing, sales, employees, community relations, and navigating local regulations. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll be running a successful urban farm in no time. “A story of how to bring cities back to life, literally and emotionally . . . Local food not only addresses quality of life, economy, and food security, it changes our hearts . . . [a] wonderfully written testament to life.” —Paul Hawken, New York Times bestselling author of Drawdown

Urban Farmers Book

Urban Farmers


  • Author : gestalten
  • Publisher : Gestalten
  • Release Date : 2021-04-28
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 3967040062

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Urban Farmers Excerpt :

Urban agriculture is the global movement that encourages the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in the city.

City Farming Book

City Farming


  • Author : Kari Spencer
  • Publisher : 5m Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2017-11-08
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781912178667

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City Farming Excerpt :

Farming in cities and small spaces is becoming increasingly popular, but it has its challenges. City Farming addresses the problems the urban farmer might face and turns them into creative solutions. It assists the new grower to gain expert understanding of how to create a production urban farm, as well as helping established farmers to discover new ways to bring their space into greater harmony and production. Also covered are integrated approaches that bring together the whole farming system in a small space to produce high yields with minimal energy and effort. The content is organised by themes of importance to urban farmers: sun and heat; water usage; seasonal production; spatial planning; soil quality and usage; propagation and breeding; pests and diseases; farming under time constraints; sustainability; and community initiatives. Each chapter unfolds a piece the story of The Micro Farm Project. The challenges that crop and livestock production present is discussed, and practical solutions to the problems-such as lack of space, high population density, poor soil quality, planning restrictions, etc-are given. Also included are case studies that give examples of different methods used within urban farming from different regions throughout the world. *** "City Farming is an empowering guide to converting small urban spaces into productive food hubs. Filled with both practical advice and heartfelt anecdotes, this book will help you become the next backyard food revolutionary, one plant or pasture at a time." --Edible Phoenix, Winter 2017 *** "...provides expert advice on growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and raising small livestock in a straight-forward and non-technical way that is aimed at everyone interested in establishing an outdoor plot on any scale, from a modest backyard to a fully functioning small farm." --North Central News, February 2018 [Subject: Urban Farming, Farm Studies]

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming Book

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming


  • Author : Nicole Faires
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-11-15
  • Genre: House & Home
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781510703933

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The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming Excerpt :

How to maximize your food production in an urban environment. The idea of bringing agriculture into the city has been promoted by many on both sides of the political fence: proponents of sustainability and prevention of climate change as well as those who worry about government and social instability. To address the urgent need for a shift in the way our food is produced, The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming offers a practical education in everything there is to know about city agriculture: how to grow a lot of food in any kind of urban living situation, from apartment to full-scale commercial venture. Subjects covered include: • Small scale vs. large scale agriculture • The economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of urban farming • Making the most of the space available • The latest technologies and developments in agriculture, including: hydroponics, vertical gardening, and aquaponics • Case studies and design concerns for community-based farming • The best plant species for cities and seasons • Beekeeping and small animals • Commercial agriculture and the business side of farming in a city environment This comprehensive guide will introduce readers to the rewarding possibilities of growing their own food, as well as dispel the falsehood that says we need faraway factory farms to produce everything we eat.

Breaking Through Concrete Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Breaking Through Concrete


  • Author : David Hanson
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2012-01-30
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520270541

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Breaking Through Concrete Excerpt :

"There’s a conviction among many sustainable agriculture advocates that the best way to move agriculture forward is to look back. The hope is to return to an exalted era in agriculture, to the kind of rural scene fit for a Rockwell painting or a Shaker Village—to food grown the old fashioned way. Breaking Through Concrete is not that, which is exactly the point. This ode to urban farming is not nostalgic (those are skyscrapers in the background, not silos), but instructive. It's a beautiful, gritty and very real portrait of the possibilities for the future of food." — Dan Barber, Executive Chef & Co-owner of Blue Hill "A road map to the future of America. A blueprint of possibilities. A book full of remarkable stories of neighborhood visionaries, stories of people who grow community in their gardens. Where others see trouble, they see food and hope." —NPR's Kitchen Sisters "Finally, a book on the full continuum of urban agriculture in America, replete with inspiring images of the people and places behind today's city-grown food. Hanson and Marty tell these stories with such admiration for their subjects you'll want to bestow hero status to city farmers." —Darrin Nordahl, author of Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture “Breaking Through Concrete will satisfy readers hungry for a broad perspective on urban agriculture. The beautiful stories and photographs of successful programs throughout North America, combined with practical ‘how to’ guides, provides a valued resource for practitioners, advocates, scholars, and gardeners.” —Laura Lawson, author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America

The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables Book

The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables


  • Author : Ben Hartman
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Organic gardening
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603586993

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The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables Excerpt :

At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste--of time, labor, space, money, and more--every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work. In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable. These methods include: Using Japanese paper pot transplanters Building your own germinating chambers Leaning up your greenhouse Making and applying simple composts Using lean techniques for pest and weed control Creating Heijunka, or load-leveling calendars for efficient planning Farming is not static, and improvement requires constant change. The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables offers strategies for farmers to stay flexible and profitable even in the face of changing weather and markets. Much more than a simple exercise in cost-cutting, lean farming is about growing better, not cheaper, food--the food your customers want.

Cities Farming for the Future Book

Cities Farming for the Future


  • Author : International Development Research Centre (Canada)
  • Publisher : IDRC
  • Release Date : 2014-05-14
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 474
  • ISBN 10 : 9781552502167

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