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Publisher's Summary

There are 20 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.

©2015 New Society Publishers (P)2017 WCP Media

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A dry telling of some great information.

The book itself is very inspiring. The narrorator
just has this lulling rythmic tone that can put you to sleep.

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Great content - Horrible Narrator

I will be avoiding this narrator in the future. It was hard to concentrate with the inflection patterns at the end of each sentence. Like a monotone Vespa.

Great content, though! Very informative.

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Great book!!!!!<br />

Planing to start my own business and this is very important to know the basics .
Very good book.

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Excellent book must read

Very detailed and good content. One of the best gardening books i have read with many advices i could use,even if i live at different zone.

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Very detailed

Having watched quite a bit of Curtis’ YouTube content, this was a full collection of what he provides there. Very, very beneficial information.

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Useful!

I've been a long time hobby food-gardener and at times farm-hand and I picked up more than a few new gold nuggets of useful information from this book.

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Dam good book

The Urban Farmer is a Dam good book. You would not be disappointed in this book.

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Inspirational

Curtis is very practical in all his advice. He gets into the day to day details necessary to operate a small farm as a business. This year I am starting my own market garden. I have twenty acres of beautiful land in the San Joaquin Valley of California. With the wisdom found in this book I hope to get the most out of each acre.

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Great Book. Very detailed

This is a great book. Very detailed and motivational. I going to listen to it multiple times.

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expert advice

could just don't have been right here for a long time and is awesome to have step-by-step manual to make major money

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great story, terrible narration

i haven't gone past the first chapter and I'm really wanting to. it sounds very interesting but I'm finding the narrator's repetitive rhythm very very annoying.

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