Guest Blog post by James Samuel
Curtis Stone is a farmer, author, speaker and consultant. His area of expertise is in quick growing, high value annual vegetables for direct consumer market streams. His book, The Urban Farmer demonstrates organic intensive techniques with a focus on business and systems to streamline labour and production. He offers a new way to think about farming. One where quality of life and profitability coexist. Get a taste for Curtis and his generous sharing of information on his increasingly popular YouTube Channel.
Curtis’ farm, Green City Acres is located in Kelowna, BC, Canada and was established in 2010.
The Six Figure Farming NZ Tour - 2016
The Six Figure Farming NZ Tour took Curtis from Dunedin to Matakana delivering seven one-day workshops, to over 300 people. Jean-Martin Fortier joined Curtis for three two-day workshops and three public talks.
Those who came ranged from farmers wanting to diversify, market gardeners looking to get more serious about production and profitability, lifestyle block owners wanting to find small-scale intensive production opportunities, and growers and gardeners curious about how to start a farming operation without owning land.
The response to all of these events was tremendous. A Small Scale Intensive Market Gardening group was established on Facebook in advance of the tour. With 500 people on it now, the posts showing what people are doing by way of soil preparation, growing and harvesting have been an inspiration to follow. New questions are being posted regularly and people jump in to give each other a hand by generously sharing their own knowledge and experience.
The Six Figure Farming NZ Tour offered a big overview to show it’s possible to make a good living growing food, even without owning land.
Diving deep into detail
The 2017 four-day workshop with Curtis Stone, will dive deep into detail to show you the most efficient way to tackle each task on the farm. In the four days at Roebuck Farm, Curtis will cover everything from Nursery production to post harvest cleaning, from market streams to social media, and from land leasing to focus crops. Here's the workshop outline.
The host farm
Curtis' many years of experience in market gardening and teaching, will be beautifully complemented by Jodi Roebuck's experience and his growing plots at ROEBUCK FARM.
Jodi Roebuck is an international renowned Biointensive Gardening educator and Restoration Grazing consultant. The 2016/17 season marks his 18th year growing and selecting heritage vegetable seed. This year sees the expansion of the gardens with 37 new beds going in for vegetable production based on the work of peers Curtis Stone (The Urban Farmer) and Jean-Martin Fortier (The Market Gardener).
Jodi's commitment to Regenerative Agriculture has created relationships with many of the world's leading figures, shaping the direction of ROEBUCK FARM and influencing our students around the globe. The Restoration Grazing work is a complementary integral part of the business, and a passion of Jodi's that has led him to work with many graziers and educators in some of the world’s driest regions.