YouTube Videos of Important Concepts in Market/Urban Gardening. Proven successful, highly productive and profitable...many seasoned gardeners offering online courses, books and seminar offerings. Learn advanced techniques from their decades of experience.
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The iGrowOrganic modular insulated-wall greenhouse (described here) can be erected over a weekend. The insulated roof is resistant to hail and deep snow; a groundbreaking advance in 4-season production in cold climates. Chris Thoreau does $200,000+ in a converted shipping container of 320 sq ft with high-value microgreens.
Chris's time-lapse conversion for comparison.
Growing MicroGreens in a 'Container Greenhouse'
Through attention to detail and diligence, Chris has built up a $200,000+ gross yearly income selling microgreens from this 320 sq. foot converted shipping container.
Chris also has a $149 online course...'Starting and Growing A Microgreens Business' so others can benefit from his expert expertise.
You don't need to inherit a farm or have huge capital to become a successful urban farmer. Curtis Stone rents (in exchange for veggies) all the land he needs to make a great living with 3-4 months off in the winter. His 5 guiding principles for profitability are: 1. Shorter days to maturity 2.High yield per linear foot 3. Higher price per pound. 4.Long Harvest period 5. Popularity
Jean-Martin Fortier. The Market Farmer. 6 part series explaining how he does ‘Six-figure living on 1.5 acres’. An in-depth explanation of his successful method of Profitable Market Gardening in the severe climate of Canada just south of Montreal.
Eliot has been a revered pioneer in the development of techniques for cold climate year around growing in his native Maine. In addition, he has many foundation books on 4 season growing which he shares in books, DVDs, seminars and YouTube videos.
'The Market Gardener' has spent the past decade developing methods of permanent 30" seed beds with minimal tillage using a walking tractor, crop rotation, row covers and weed suppression with silage covers. Maximum organic production with minimal labor and cost.
Murray is an Australian institution in the Aquaponics field and traditionally has been a proponent of ebb and flow, thin film, deep water floating raft systems. However, the GroPocket aeroponic system demonstrates the ease and advantages of this method of growing.
The Urban Farmer's 3 most profitable micro greens are 1. sunflower. 2. pea sprouts 3. radish. There are 50+ different types of commercially grown microgreens but these give him the greatest combination of rapid growth, weight, price and vigor. This is an all season crop with seeding to harvest time from 10-14 days for rapid cash flow.
Understanding the fundamentals of the energy needed for plant growth is basic to the market gardener. The present cost of electricity prevents the economical production of most staple crops.
Garden and Market Garden Books
The Market Gardener
Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène have a secret to their success; the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.
4 Seasons Harvest
Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses
The Urban Farmer
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)
Importance of Local production
Nassim Nicholas Taleb's brilliant new book on the threats of globalized-centralized food (and most other things) production and distribution and the importance, security and 'robustness' of local production and control