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Category Archive: Gardening + Farming

  1. East End Recommends: Fooding

    12006634_786894814756759_4020187095344928191_o“Fooding” is a term relatively new to the American culinary lexicon, located somewhere on a continuum between understanding and enjoying the food we all eat. Each month at East End, we’re going to try our luck at fooding by uncovering some essential (and perhaps little-known) facts about specific foods. As summer comes to a close, we’ll be focusing this month on one of the most common summer seasonals, Zucchini.

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  2. Permaculture Voices 2 Conference, Podcast and Blog

    Hey East Enders – As many of you know Curtis Stone is in town this weekend for a 2-day workshop on Profitable Urban Farming. While we were discussing the workshop a few weeks ago Curtis turned me onto a really great podcast and its associated conference that I want so share with you.

    PV-podcast-logoThe podcast and blog of Permaculture Voices is an excellent online repository of conversations with the real thought leaders in permaculture, good food and the sustainable farming movements.

    I had a chat recently with Diego Footer the founder of Permaculture Voice and it was like discovering a brother from another mother. Diego and his community are singing from the same sheet music we are here in Central Florida. From promoting the environmentally friendly practices of food forestry to espousing social entrepreneurship, Diego is a real world changer.

    Most exciting to me was discovering his upcoming Permaculture Voices conference in San Diego. This is his second conference and from the speaker and attendee list it is going to be a massive gathering of the real rockstars of food and farming.

    I’ll be heading out to this year’s conference in San Diego March 4-8th. Check out all the goodness you can expect if you’re thinking of taking a trek out there.

    PV2-ticketAs there is quite an expense to fly out there and book accommodations from the east coast, Diego has offered deeply discounted and even free tickets for folks in our network that are interested in attending. If you might be interested in this offer you can e-mail me through the about page on our site and I can get you connected with Diego.

    Anyhow – just wanted to put this podcast and conference on your radar and I hope you’ll subscribe to his channel and consider joining us at the conference.

    Cheers.

  3. Rockstar Farmer Tour: Featuring Curtis Stone

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    January 28th – Feb 1st, Gainesville and Orlando, FL

    It is with great pleasure that I announce: We are bringing Urban Farmer, Curtis Stone, to Gainesville and Orlando, Jan 28th – Feb 1st all the way from Kelowna, British Columbia.  LOL – let me be honest, it wasn’t too hard to convince him to leave freezing temperatures to spend a little time with us in the Sunshine State.

    As our friend and fellow farmer Matthew Raiford says, “There are no rockstar chefs without rockstar farmers” and Curtis Stone is about as rockstar a farmer as you’re ever going to meet! 

    Curtis has been profitably farming small urban lots in his city for the past 5 years. His Green City Acres commercial farming venture generates over $50,000 a year on just a quarter acre of land.  Like me, Curtis had no growing experience before he broke ground on his venture and after five years and more than 10,000 hours of farming, he’s got a profitable system dialed in and he is ready to share his hard-won knowledge with us.


    The tour starts in Gainesville the 28th and 29th of January.

    • Farming in the City (FREE) – Wednesday the 28th from 6-8pm (Tickets)
    • Profitable Urban Farming ($75) – Thursday the 29th from 9am – 5pm (Tickets)

    Farming in the City: Wednesday the 28th from 6-8pm (Tickets)
    In this FREE lecture, Curtis will give you a virtual tour of his urban farming operation in Kelowna, BC and describe how, despite having no previous experience and only a shoestring budget, he turned a profit of more than $20,000 his first year and double that profit every year since. Who is this workshop for? Are you ag-curious? Interested in getting started in urban agriculture? Want to see how Curtis started with no experience and built his farming venture in to a profitable and flexible lifestyle? Then this lecture is for you.

    Profitable Urban Farming: Thursday, January 29th from 9am – 5pm (Tickets)
    This is a $75 full-day urban farming workshop.
    Curtis will go in-depth about the strategic production techniques he uses which focus on high value crops with short growth cycles as well as service specialized and niche market streams such as restaurants, and cooperative CSA’s. He will share the tools and technology you can use to better manage your business to save you time and money! Who is this workshop for?: Someone who wants to go into an urban food production business. This workshop is about serious, high production urban farming and focuses on the business of urban farming – specifically how to produce high value crops and how to sell them. This isn’t a “how to garden” workshop.  This is a how to garden bio-intensively and profitably so you can make a living doing it workshop.

    The tour wraps up at East End Market, Orlando Jan 31st – Feb 1st..

    • Profitable Urban Farming – Part 1 (tickets) – Saturday the 31st from 9am – 5pm
    • Profitable Urban Farming – Part 2  – Sunday the 1st from 9am – 5pm

    Profitable Urban Farming (2-days):
    This is a $195 two-day intensive urban farming workshop. Friends, let me tell you this workshop is absolutely  “not to be missed!” I personally guarantee that this workshop will ROCK your world. I invite you to accelerate your path toward profitable urban farming. Curtis will help you shave two to three years off your learning curve by sharing the mistakes he made, and get you off to a strong start now, making a great living doing something you love! CS-BackyardRowsWho is this workshop for?:  Like the Gainesville workshop, but much more in-depth, this is about serious, high production urban farming and focuses on the business of urban farming – specifically how to produce high value crops and how to sell them. This isn’t a how to garden workshop.  This is a how to garden bio-intensively and profitably

    NOTE:  Anyone who registers for the 2-day Orlando event will also receive a link to watch it live as well as access to a professionally edited recording of the workshop.  SO….even if you can’t join us in person, we’d love to have you join us via purchasing a virtual ticket!

    Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at this kick-ass event.

    This two-day workshop runs from 9am to 5pm each day. There are two 15 minute breaks at 10:15am and 3pm, and an hour lunch break at 12:30pm.

    A farm in the city

    • Why urban farming?
    • A quick breakdown of economics
    • An urban farmers place in the community 

    A viable business on a half acre or less

    • The zones of the farm and your life
    • Crops better suited for the city
    • An urban farmers place in the community

    The business of urban farming

    • Starting small
    • Market streams
    • Working with chefs
    • Labour
    • Crunching numbers
    • Self-promotion
    • Community connection
    • Finance options

    Finding the right sites

    • The urban advantage
    • Scouting for land
    • The suburbs
    • Multi-locational
    • Single site
    • Urban soil & fertility

    Building your farm, one site at a time

    • Your first site
    • Satellite farms
    • Converting a lawn
    • Layout
    • The perimeter
    • Irrigation
    Infrastructure and equipment

    • Base of operations
    • Tools
    • Market gear
    • Nursery
    • Inexpensive season extension
    • Transportation

    Operations

    • The 40-hour farm week (work flow)
    • Structuring the week
    • Processing
    • Bed turnover
    • Urban pests

    Production systems

    • A standardized bed
    • Extending your season
    • Planting
    • Harvesting
    • Micro greens

    Crop planning

    • Determining outcomes
    • The base plan
    • Quick succession planting
    • The flexible farm plan
    • Interplanting
    • Record keeping

    Crop profiles

    • Crops for the urban farm (review)
    • Q&A and review
  4. Inspiration from a fellow farmpreneur – Jean Martin “The Market Gardener”

    To dream up East End Market we pulled inspiration from many of the North America’s best markets and food hubs. My urban farming ventures have taken much the same path.

    Jean-Martin Fortier - smiling I recently took a trip to Toronto to meet an inspiring farmpreneur named Jean Martin Fortier, aka The Market Gardener, in hopes of learning a few new techniques.

    The two workshops I attended put on by FarmStart.ca were incredibly inspiring.  First of all to be surrounded by 60+ fellow and future farmers all focussed on learning to grow sustainably and profitablly was a powerful experience.  Second, Jean-Martin was a refreshingly affaable and informative presenter.  Through a miraid of pictures and stoires, he walked us through his own decade-long farming journey.

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  5. A Quick Guide to Summer Planting

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    Summer is finally upon us and whether we like it or not, the days are getting longer and the sun is getting hotter. But while the Florida heat and humidity may be too suffocating for the average human, there are those persnickety vegetables here that thrive in it. Keeping in mind that it’s mid-May, I’ve put together a list of fruits and vegetables that, if planted now, will reap the benefits of Florida’s summer sun.

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