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Praise for The Urban Farmer
The Urban Farmer is simply the best guide out there for anyone wanting to grow vegetables for market. Chock full of practical information on costs, business planning, the best crops to grow, how much land to farm, growing techniques, and how to develop markets, this book covers it all. Curtis Stone shares his hard-won knowledge on setting up and succeeding at small-plot intensive (SPIN) farming in lively, easy-to-grasp prose, in all the detail you’ll need to get started. Curtis not only tells us what works, he reveals, based on his own experience, what didn’t work for him, and that alone is worth the price of the book. This is a comprehensive real-world manual from someone who’s done it, and any market farmer will profit greatly from reading it.
—Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden and The Permaculture City
I have no hesitation in saying that The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone is one of the most important, and overdue, books on urban agriculture ever published. It is simultaneously deeply visionary and immensely practical, always a heady brew. It allows us to look at urban land in an entirely different way. If I were 18 again and given this book, it would put fire in my belly and set me on a career path that is cutting edge, deeply entrepreneurial and profoundly responsible. It deserves to be a best seller.
—Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition movement and author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff.
Curtis Stone is at the forefront of a stirring revolution. Urban farming will change what local food means and I know of no other farmer that is as successful at it as he is. And the best part is his willingness to share what is a successful business model. If you’re interested in learning to profitably start a farm on a shoestring budget, Curtis Stone is the go to guy.
—Jean Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener
Curtis Stone has artfully blended my three favorite things—entrepreneurship, in- dependence and sustainable food production into one amazing book. He has also done so in a way that lowers the entry point for anyone who is truly motivated to no longer have any excuse for not getting started. To say I recommend this book highly is a gross understatement. I consider it required reading for anyone with a goal to start a business, not matter that niche they end up in.
—Jack Spirko, TheSurvivalPodcast.com