Wrapping up New Zealand and preparing for workshops in Victoria, BC and Boston, MA

Just a couple more days of relaxing, then we’re heading back home to Canada. It’s been a blast and huge success here in New Zealand. Katie and I have really enjoyed some relaxation time while down under as we prepare to be new parents. We’re very excited to take on this new journey together and we feel so blessed to live where we do, have the opportunity to travel and bring value to farmers around the world, be surrounded by incredible and positive people and of course have our health in tact. These are things we never take for granted and are thankful every day.

I want to send a whole hearted thank you to everyone who has been involved in bringing me to New Zealand for the second time around. Particularly, Jodi and Tanya Roebuck for being great hosts and friends, Linda Machon for being an incredible cook for our event, and last but not least, James Samuel for being the grand architect. Without him, I wouldn’t of been down here in the first place and met all the great people that we have. James has been the major force behind scaling up the interest of small scale ag here in New Zealand. It seems like there is a serious buzz happening down here now and I believe the opportunities are huge. Though, there are some logistical challenges for farmers here such as ordering some of the tools that we use in North America, but I will say that with all of this new interest and growth, many American companies that I  know personally, are looking to cater to this emerging market and if more farmers pool their resources, larger purchases can be made in collaboration to avoid the high costs of shipping.

Katie and I will definitely be back in 2018 as a small family. It’s looking like it’s going to be January, though the dates aren’t 100% confirmed yet.

My next events will be in Victoria, BC the weekend of the 25th and 26th at Royal Roads University. The first day (Saturday), I will be giving my 1-day Profitable Urban Farming workshop, which already has 45 people registered. The second day (Sunday), will be my 1-day Microgreens for Commercial Production workshop and it is now sold out with a waiting list. It’s a partly hands-on workshop, so we have to keep it small because 2 hours of it will be in a greenhouse on the campus.

The following weekend, I will be back in Boston for the 5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference. I will be the keynote speaker this year to open the conference and then giving three content packed workshops about specific small farm based topics. More info here.

After these dates, I’ll be taking a touring hiatus to be with Katie and focus on having a successful birth of our eagerly awaited child.

However, this summer will be the start of my new 5-day workshop platform on my farm. One workshop in each month of June 19, July 17, and August 14. All the information can be found here.

Come fall and winter, I will be focusing more on teaching 5-day courses at farms throughout the US. October 13th, 2017, I’ll be back at Rose Creek Farms in Selmer, TN and November 6th, 2017 at Steadfast Farm in Queen Creek, Arizona. Tickets will be on sale for these events this month.

Thank you so much for following.

Farm hard!

Curtis Stone.

 

Intern at Green City Acres

Application period runs from Jan 23-29.
I am very excited to announce that we are finally opening up our farm to interns. We will be hosting three interns throughout the main growing season. The first will be May 15-June 23, the second June 26-Aug 4 and the third August 7-September 15. We welcome applicants from anywhere and all people are welcome. However, we will be choosing people based on criteria we deem to be an asset to our farm. You as the intern will not be paid and will be responsible for your own accommodation while staying here in Kelowna. There are a lot of options for places to stay in Kelowna from camping to AirBnb to hotels and seasonal rentals. I have compiled a list of suitable places that are with people I know and are conveniently located. We want to make sure that you are comfortable while you’re here so that you can focus on work and learn as much as you can.
In order to get a balanced and informative farm experience, you will sometimes do tasks that seem repetitive. The reason the program is six weeks is because in order to fully understand everything we do on the farm, you have to do each task enough so that you can do it near perfectly. Fortunately, our farm is very small and tasks are much more limited and focused than most farms, so there’s more time to see and do a bit of everything. We rarely do one task for very long, but there are tasks such as post-harvest jobs, that are repetitive and we usually spend the most of Tuesday’s and all of Friday’s to complete.
Application process:
    We will be accepting applications January 23-29, no earlier or later. Fill out the Google form between then. Check back here for the link during that time. There is no priority given to anyone who personally emails us or contacts us through social media. Fill out your application as thoroughly as you can, then we will contact you for a follow up interview.
    We are only taking three interns, and one at a time this year, so if you don’t make it this year, try again next.
The top 15 candidates will be chosen by March 1, and contacted for an interview within the next week. Interviews will be conducted through Skype March 6-10. You will be able to chose a convenient time for an interview during that week.
Criteria:
  1. No couples. We can only take one intern at a time. However, if you are wanting to come to Kelowna with your spouse or family, that is entirely up to you, but we can only have the intern that was interviewed working on the farm.
  2. You must be physically fit to intern with us. If you have a hard time bending over, kneeling or lifting heavy weight from time to time, we cannot take you.
  3. We are looking for hardworking and responsible people. If you are the kind of person that always has someone to blame for something, you will not fit in here.
  4. The first 5 days of the internship is a trial period, if you are not a fit for that time, you will be asked to leave. However, we reserve the right to terminate the internship at any time.

INTERN APPLICATION HERE

Application period runs from Jan 23-29.

Announcing a 5 day workshop at Green City Acres

BUY TICKETS HERE

Today, I am very excited to announce that this June, July and August, I will be teaching workshops right on our farm. This workshop has been years in the making and has never been possible before now due to the logistical constraints of not owning my own land or having a place to teach. But now, since I have my own property, a collection of land close enough together and a teaching space that is on the same block as one of our sites, I can now teach in the best place possible! Early bird tickets will become available within the month, but space is limited to 18 per workshop.

Here is a rough outline of the workshop and what you can expect.

Join Curtis Stone (author of The Urban Farmer) for his most intensive and thorough workshop to date. This five day course is the cumulative content of all of his best techniques used at his farm Green City Acres, but also what he’s learned from traveling and visiting some of the most successful market gardens in North America and abroad.
This is a technical, practical and hands on course. Hosted at Curtis’ own farm, Green City Acres, you will see every aspect of his highly productive urban farm demonstrated in the field. Everything from preparing beds, planting, harvesting, post-harvest and everything in between. These five days will be the last thing you need to completely get your farm started strong or radically improve what you’re already doing.
Everyone who enrols will be given a free digital copy of Curtis’ one day workshop prior to starting, with 12 hours of content to watch at their leisure, a $200 value. Taking the one day course before the five day event, will give you a head start so that you’re familiar with all the concepts. That way, we can jump right in head first and get down and dirty!
Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation, but the event will be catered each day with coffee and biscuits in the morning, and a full buffet style lunch, and a light snack late afternoon. Because our farm has multiple locations, we will be riding bikes between sites. We will provide the bike for you, if you don’t have one to bring.
All food provided will be local and organic from Green City Acres and local farms from the area. Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available for those open request.
The course will be taught in a classroom setting for the mornings, then the afternoons will all be spent in the field at our various urban farm sites.
Special discounts are available for members of Curtis’ online course Profitable Urban Farming, and for those that want to take the 5-day course and sign up for a membership.
Space is limited to 18 people, so sign up fast!
TICKET PRICING: (All Canadian dollars)
PUF members: $1399 (before March 1)
$1499 (after March 1)
Normal Ticket: $1999 (before March 1)
$2149 (after March 1)
Premium Ticket (Workshop + PUF online course: $2399 (before March 1)
$2599 (after March 1)
WHERE:
Kelowna, BC, Canada at Green City Acres
WHEN:
June 19-23, 2017 Monday through Friday
July 17-21, 2017 Monday through Friday
August 14-18, 2017 Monday through Friday

Day 1

First period 9am – 10:15am (inside) (1h15m)
Introduction (house keeping, staff, etc)
Overview, new developments at GCA, successes and failures, highlights of best farms visited in 2016
Break 10:15am – 10:30am (15m)
Second Period 10:30am – 12pm (1h30m)
Green City Acres Farm tour (outside)
Curtis Brief intro to work stations, infrastructure, fields & tools.
Lunch 12pm – 1pm (1h)
Third Period 1pm – 2:30pm (outside) (1h30m)
Field tools demo
Seeders, rakes, forks, weeding tools, Tilther, tarps, flame weeder, BCS & implements
Break 2:30pm – 2:45pm (15m)
Forth Period 2:45pm – 4:30pm (outside) (1h45m)
Land prep & maintenance
Plot prep from raw ground, bed prep, fertility, flame weeding, tarping strategies, weeding

Day 2

First period 9am – 10:15am (inside) (1h15m)
Production concepts
Crop planning, succession planting, record keeping
Break 10:15am – 10:30am (15m)
Second Period 10:30am – 12pm (inside) (1h30m)
Production techniques and strategies
Hi/Bi-Rotation production techniques, Interplanting, season extension, work flow, working smart, managing staff
Lunch 12pm – 1pm (1h)
Third Period 1pm – 2:30pm (outside) (1h30m)
Nursery tools
Greenhouse nursery, soil screen, soil table, nursery flats, pots, watering wand / nozzle, fertilizer, worm castings, soil blockers
Nursery Protocols
Making soil, filling flats, planting flats, potting up, watering, maintenance
Break 2:30pm – 2:45pm (15m)
Forth Period 2:45pm – 4:30pm (outside) (1h45m)
Field demonstration – Planting
Plant spacing and seed density, transplanting, direct seeding

Day 3

First period 9am – 10:15am (inside) (1h15m)
Crops for the market garden
Profitable crops, crop value rating, quick & steady crops, microgreens
Break 10:15am – 10:30am (15m)
Second Period 10:30am – 12pm (1h30m)
Post harvest station and systems (inside)
Introduction to infrastructure and systems.
Virtual tour of Curtis’ inexpensive infrastructure, and other visited farms. Walk-in coolers, washing stations, spinners, packing tools & supplies
Walk-in cooler building demo (outside)
Lunch 12pm – 1pm (1h)
Third Period 1pm – 2:30pm (outside) (1h30m)
Harvesting tools
Greens harvester, hand knife, garden fork
Harvesting demo
Greens, roots & fruits (tomatoes)
Break 2:30pm – 2:45pm (15m)
Forth Period 2:45pm – 4:30pm (outside) (1h45m)
Post-Harvest demo
Washing, spinning, bubbler, drying & sorting greens, washing carrots, radishes, beets, turnips

Day 4

First period 9am – 10:15am (inside) (1h15m)
Pest management
Hedge rows, insect netting, fencing & trapping
Break 10:15am – 10:30am (15m)
Second Period 10:30am – 12pm (outside) (1h30m)
Tomato demo
Greenhouse infrastructure, varieties, strategies, pruning & tying, lower & leaning
Lunch 12pm – 1pm (1h)
Third Period 1pm – 2:30pm (outside) (1h30m)
Packing demo
Packing for CSA, market, restaurants & grocery
Break 2:30pm – 2:45pm (15m)
Forth Period 2:45pm – 4:30pm (1h45m)
Irrigation demo
Installing drip and overhead, setting timers, maintenance

Day 5

First period 9am – 10:15am (inside) (1h15m)
Office management
Invoicing, labels, statements, managing accounts
Web-based promotion to sell your farm(inside)
Social media, websites, blogging, and content based marketing.
Break 10:15am – 10:30am (15m)
Second Period 10:30am – 12pm (inside) (1h30m)
Microgreens for commercial production
Introduction
Products
Customers
Lunch 12pm – 1pm (1h)
Third Period 1pm – 2:30pm (outside) (1h30m)
Microgreens demo 1
Sanitization
Maintenance
Soaking
Common problems
Trouble shooting
Planting
Break 2:30pm – 2:45pm (15m)
Forth Period 2:45pm – 4:30pm (1h45m)
Microgreens demo 2
Harvesting
Processing (wash, spin, dry, sort)
Packing

 

4-day Profitable Market Gardening workshop in New Zealand

Join Curtis Stone (author of The Urban Farmer) for his most intensive and thorough workshop to date. This four day course is the cumulative content of all of his best techniques used at his farm Green City Acres, but also what he’s learned from traveling and visiting some of the most successful market gardens in North America and abroad.

This is a technical, practical and hands on course. Hosted at Roebuck Farm, in New Plymouth New Zealand, you will see every aspect of market gardening demonstrated in the field. Everything from preparing new land, planting, harvesting, post-harvest and everything in between. These four days will be the last thing you need to completely get your farm started strong or radically improve what you’re already doing.

Everyone who enrols will be given a free digital copy of Curtis’ one day workshop with 12 hours of content to watch at their leisure, a $200 value. Taking the one day course before the four day event, will give you a head start so that you’re familiar with all the concepts. That way, we can jump right in head first and get down and dirty!

Space is limited to 33 people, so sign up fast!

MORE INFO HERE!

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