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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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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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  • 19-10-2020

So much information

Packed full of information to start your own farming business. A really enjoyable read because it’s structured like a mini story of Curtis Stone’s life, which is a very inspiring tale!

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Ideal for the beginner farmer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of becoming or are a beginner farmer.
There is alot of good information in the book, from litteraly starting up to selling your produce.
well narrated by Diego footer (permaculture voices).
Youl be sure to listen more than once

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  • Karina/Kyle Adams
  • 25-11-2017

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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  • Mark Paul LeBlanc
  • 04-04-2018

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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  • Andrea Steward
  • 19-04-2019

Narrator Almost Ruins Amazing Content

I love Curtis Stone’s YouTube channel. He’s an excellent speaker which is why I’m so disappointed he didn’t narrate this book himself. The chosen narrator is so bad ...I hope I can make it through what I’m certain is excellent content. At three chapters in I literally have to stop every so often to get a rest from the monotonous dirge that is this narrator’s style. The first inflection came in chapter THREE! I had to stop and celebrate!

A narrator is important in helping communicate the authors meaning, excitement and passion... all of which is missing here. This review should be about the great content in Curtis’s book. Instead it’s a bit of a rant about the nearly robotic voice in charge of disseminating these great ideas and plowing then under in the process... yes, a gardening reference. It makes you work way too hard. While I adore audio books and listen while I drive... I think I’d have to recommend getting this book and reading it yourself...

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  • Rajkumar M
  • 25-01-2019

Inspiration

Excellent book for people who want to grow food for profit living in urban and suburban cities. This man changed the way I was thinking about doing agriculture, from acres to just with the small available space, be it indoor or outdoor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2018

Great book!!!!!

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

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  • Taylor Britton
  • 12-04-2021

urban farms in urban wastlands

good book, great practical and economical breakdown of small plot farming

if the empire ever shifts their "pandemic" control operation into another form of tyranny that allows for restaurants and farmers markets to return to reality then maybe the usefulness of this book will be reestablished.

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  • Modern Farm Concepts
  • 30-09-2020

Great listen ...

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great listen. Look forward to implementing some of the ideas on my own farm.

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  • The Newmans
  • 28-06-2020

excellent

A must read for gardeners and farmers alike, as well as those looking for positive social and environmental development.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2020

Excellent. Will be ordering a hard copy as well!

Excellent. Will be ordering a hard copy as well as a reference guide for the wealth of information.

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  • David Bailey
  • 21-04-2020

overall I think it's a great book!

Anyone interested in learning about Urban Farming should read this book. It has a ton of useful information to get you started and lead you to other great resources!

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  • Tom Barnes
  • 27-02-2019

Fantastic Insightful Guide to GYO

Diego Footer who narrated the book is well known in the world of growing your own food so to have him read this book was fitting and worked well.
I've watched many of Curtis' videos online and how to's, but to have a book full of brilliant tried and tested techniques as well as inside market information, it's the perfect book for anyone wanting to get into growing and selling fruit and vegetables. Highly recommend!!!

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