Posted on by John Rife
It is with great pleasure that we announce that we are bringing The Urban Farmer Curtis Stone, best selling author and YouTuber down to Orlando, November 7th – 11th. While in Florida, Curtis will be giving a keynote and teaching some profitable urban farming workshops. Whether you are just ag-curious or a seasoned gardener looking to up your game, you are not going to want to miss being around this inspiring farmer and entrepreneur.
Almost 5 years ago I was upstairs here at the market pitching to IDEAS for Us a pedal powered urban farming concept I was calling Fleet Farming. As part of that pitch I showed a video of my inspiration, a revolutionary young urban farmer named Curtis Stone, who was profitably farming just a 1/4 acre of borrowed land in Kelowna, BC Canada and creating a system to share his hard won knowledge with other aspiring urban farmers.
Since that time Curtis has become an indispensable authority on small scale urban agriculture. Through his best selling book The Urban Farmer, his online courses, his YouTube channel with almost a quarter million subscribers and countless international workshops, conferences and consultations, Curtis continues to push the boundaries of urban farming and is at the cutting edge of urban ag’s innovation.
Whether you are looking for a sustainably minded side-hustle or you’re ready to make urban farming you’re main gig, Curtis has a time-tested system to make that dream a reality. To put it frankly, he is going to show you how you can make up to $100,000 on just a quarter acre of land. He’s done it and now it’s your turn.
As our communities increasingly look to know where their food comes from and who’s grown it, urban farming is poised to answer those questions one backyard farm at a time.
It is totally possible to farm profitably in backyards and small underutilized parcels of land. Profitability is often elusive for beginning farmers because they don’t use the the specific farming techniques these small plots require and aren’t growing the right crops for their farm and market.
Curtis will be sharing how specializing in high value crops with short growing cycles is the key when selling to niche markets like restaurants, CSA’s and retail store.
Since 2010, he’s been successfully farming on multiple urban plots in his city’s downtown and he’ll be demystifying his process for you. You too can farm on very small plots of land without the burden of buying you own land or the debt typically required to start up the usual infrastructure that most farms need. The truth is the financial barrier to entry in urban ag is actually pretty low. Thanks to his efforts and other pioneers, there are now tools that have been specifically designed and uniquely adapted to the small scale intensive farming Curtis’ espouses.
With the tips, strategies and tactics you’ll discover in his workshop you’ll shave two to three years off your farm’s start up and avoid the countless mistakes he made getting started. Even with more than a decade of hobby farming under my belt I always walk away from his workshops with a boatload of a’ha moments and knowledge bombs.
If you’ve even wondered if your passion for growing veggies could be a viable business, then these workshops are for you. You don’t need to make a huge financial investment or even own the land you want to farm. It’s all totally doable with the right ‘know how’ and that’s where these workshops come in!
Here is how you can Catch Curtis while he’s in our neck of the woods:
Wednesday November 7th:
His time with us begins Wednesday November 7th at 6:45pm at East End Market with a FREE keynote he’ll be giving at The HIVE, IDEAS for Us’ monthly Think + Do Tank. Details HERE.
Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th: TICKETS HERE
Then Curtis’ main workshop is a 2 day workshop Saturday November 10th and Sunday November 11th here in Orlando.
Day 1 is being hosted here at the market and will be a classroom / lecture style blitzkrieg distilling the the organic intensive techniques, tools and infrastructure he uses and focuses additionally on the business systems, software and labor efficiencies he’s developed to streamline your production.
Day 2 will be hosted at Sugar Top Farm in Clermont and is an on-farm demonstration / workshop day. Curtis will be demonstrating the small machinery, hand tools and DIY infrastructure that makes managing these mirco-farms efficient and keeps overhead expenses down. You’ll also be getting a behind the scenes look at Jessica and Jordan Coopers’ fantastic farm.
More details and ticketing information for the Orlando workshop is HERE
I do sincerely hope that you’ll join us for one of Curtis’ workshops and take your urban farming and market gardening to the next level. Besides being a friend, Curtis is truly an inspiration for the style of farming I do and a constant source of wisdom.
If you have any questions leave us a comment below and we look forward to seeing you soon.