The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed LandThe Urban Farmer is a hands-on, precise, and a practicalbook by Curtis Stone, that helps you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a high yieldright in your own or someone else’s backyard.

It is all about the practical techniques and strategies for earning a livelihood by farming with the help of intensive production of food at very small spaces.


Benefits of Purchasing The Urban Farmer

The Urban Farmer can significantly benefit you on the following:

  • Small money investment and its overhead cost
  • Eliminated need for high-level set-up and maintenance needs for farming
  • Provision of easy access to the produced food to the markets.

Growing food right in the middle of the city center ensures that fresh crops can make their way from field to the dining table right after traveling a few miles, thereby making this revolutionary solution of growing food in urban areas the next logical step in the local food production and consumption field.

The Urban Farmer provides a complete roadmap to the experienced as well as novice growers on reducing risk and optimizing income by using intensive growth of food in small places either borrowed or leased.

When you flip through the pages of this book, you the writer walking you through everything you might come across while starting a farm in your small urban area.

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

The Author’s Motivation to Write The Urban Farmer

What made the author, Curtis Stone, to write The Urban Farmer was his extended career in farming located in Kelowna, BC.

After growing vegetables for market, restaurants, and retail outlets successfully on less than half an acre of Green City, he showed that agriculture produce can be successfully produced in incredible quantity in one’s backyard and a decent living can be made.

He inspired a whole new generation of farmers as a guest speaker, trainer, and mentor during his quieter months, sharing his urban farming experiences of five years.

Main Focus ofThe Urban Farmer

The book mainly aims at introducinga young lot of farmers to a novel approach to farming. It allows them to dream of having our cities home abundantly loaded with good food bringing viable income at the end of every season.

The author by writing the book wants to bring a complete transition in the approach to community gardens and allows people to dream about having these gardens in their home now.

Which are not only a wonderful place to get-together with family and friends but also a source of delicious and fresh food and above all a mean for potential economic growth.

The book wants people to re-imagine the entrepreneurial approach to farming and base it on re-economy.

Great Contribution to Thinking About Transition

The excellent new book ‘The Urban Farmer’ by Curtis Stone, is one of the most significant contributions to the Transition theory propounded about a decade ago.

It illustratesthe techniques explaining how the theory can be solidified in its considerable scope by a step by step guide to how an urban farm can be established and how it looks like, bringing into consideration the issues faced by the farmers while establishing a farm in city surroundings.

The Urban Farmer is both highly practical and deeply visionary guide where the author calls urban farming not only a prospect but an inevitable solution to economic problems and lack of food to the local population despite the incorporation of modern methods in-country farming.

Stone in his book says that there is nothing strange about raising food in cities and points out that urban farming has always been there in the world in various forms. For instance, Paris was home to extremely advanced programs for growing fruits and other market gardens that set a trend to a new farming method known as “French Intensive,”. This program, before the 1920s, occupied 6 percent of the ground inside the city area.

While initiating his Transition campaign, Cutis expected to reach a stage in urban farming where urban people would grow mushrooms and other herbs for them and for the market in their old office buildings and beer houses, where people living in small industrial areas would ultimately be prosperous and happy people in the town and where the young lot of farmers would grow with a hope to imitate their seniors in urban farming.

Growing Food in Urban Surroundings-Benefits Laid by Cutis

Cutis advises that growing food in the cities makes more sense in multiple ways than growing it on a distant farm. It renders several benefits such as:

  • You can easily supply the produced yield to the market
  • The customers take freshly grown food to their homes as there are fewer chances of it being stale on the way
  • It minimizes the cost the farmers bear on commutation after every growing season
  • It provides a better opportunity forthe farmers to build a closer relationship with marketers.
  • Growing in urban farms means improved growing conditions with more favorable microclimates, where there are fewer pests, and less weeds to hamper the growth process, and where there is immediate and better access to water is available.

However, Cutis cautions the farmers not to focus on growing grains and potatoes, for example as they take more time and their commutation from country to the city market also doesn’t pose hazards of them being spoilt.

Cutis puts a strong emphasis on growing the greens in city farms which take less time in getting ready and do not withstand the long travel of transferring them from village farms to the retail market.

Start-up Farm Models-the Most Inspiring Part of the Book

Perhaps the most powerful and inspirational part of the book is his “start-up farm models.” In which he sets out 5 different urban farming business models on various scales, illustrating in detailom what kind of and how much initial investment you would need and what kind of and how much returns you might expect.

You are to either start on one quarter of an acre or even a smaller patch or go a little bigger, Cutis will guide you about everything in this book.

He also gives details on  the types of crops that can be effortlessly grown in both type of areas and motivates the farmers by telling the expected amount and the type of profit they can get at the end of the season.

Resolution to Redefine Farming

At the end of the book,Cutis sounds resolute to redefine farming once for all. He writes,

“Let’s live a new definition of what it means to be a farmer: one who is at the root of the community by serving the needs of those in it.

Farmers connect people to where their food comes from and empower others to start growing food themselves.  Farmers can turn derelict areas into beautiful and productive farms that are flagship examples of local food resilience”


In sum, Stone points out in the book how to locate ideal locations (private gardens, waste property, public land). He takes you through how to get the soil tested, start a company, create your business strategy and marketing, how to build your site for optimum

production, what resources you will need, how to prolong the season at low cost, what crops to produce, how to harvest, and different models for sale.

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