371 episodes

Insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably.

In each episode, I talk with a beginning or experienced farmer, diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on in-the-field farming. Soil preparation, weed management, post-harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm tools and equipment, and growing crops.

Hosted and produced by Diego Footer's Modern Grower Podcast Network.

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    • 4.7 • 244 Ratings

Insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably.

In each episode, I talk with a beginning or experienced farmer, diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on in-the-field farming. Soil preparation, weed management, post-harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm tools and equipment, and growing crops.

Hosted and produced by Diego Footer's Modern Grower Podcast Network.

    Choosing a Farm Business Model - Farm Startup - Episode 6

    Choosing a Farm Business Model - Farm Startup - Episode 6

    In this episode, Diego and Alec delve into the thought process behind choosing a farm business model, going beyond and touching on market fit, other additional sales avenues, and pricing. Farmer Alec also talks about selling produce to a wholesaler for the first time, as well as his experience selling at his first farmers market of the season.
     
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 46 min
    Budgeting - Farm Startup - Episode 5

    Budgeting - Farm Startup - Episode 5

    In this episode, Diego talks to farmer Alec Smith about the budgeting aspect of building out a farm business. They go over time management when it comes to administrative tasks, budgeting for equipment and infrastructure, as well as the challenges of spending and investing wisely while operating within a limited budget.
     
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 46 min
    Building Beds - Farm Startup - Episode 4

    Building Beds - Farm Startup - Episode 4

    In this episode, Diego talks to farmer Alec Smith about how he planned the layout of his farm and built out his beds. Alec describes the initial state of the farm, including its flat terrain, low organic matter, and issues with weeds. Afterward, they go over the process of evaluating and adapting the property for market garden production, as well as the decisions Alec made on bed sizing, pathways, and layout, all while accommodating physical constraints.
     
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 37 min
    Expectations vs. Reality - Farm Startup - Episode 3

    Expectations vs. Reality - Farm Startup - Episode 3

    In this episode, Diego and Alec look back a year ago and compare Alec’s initial expectations of starting a farm versus the reality of actually starting a farm. Alec talks about the ups and downs of setting up a farm business, the successes and challenges, and the strategic decisions he had to make along the way. Alec also shares his future plans for the farm, the hurdles he anticipates, as well as his insights on how to approach farming as a business in order to farm full-time on his farm.  
     
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 47 min
    Finding Land to Farm On - Farm Startup - Episode 2

    Finding Land to Farm On - Farm Startup - Episode 2

    In this episode, Diego and Alec talk about the process Alec went through to find suitable land to set up his farm. They go through factors worth considering before choosing where to farm such as accessibility to water and power, the cost of the property, proximity to the market and the home, soil condition, existing infrastructure, and even the relationship with the landowner. Alec shares his personal experiences and the lessons he learned while looking for a good property to farm on, as well as getting his farm started.
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 51 min
    I'm a New Farmer Starting a Farm From Scratch - Farm Startup - Episode 1

    I'm a New Farmer Starting a Farm From Scratch - Farm Startup - Episode 1

    In this episode, podcast host Diego interviews Alec Smith from Crop Culture Farm, a farmer starting his farm. Alec shares his experiences and challenges in balancing his farm startup with working part-time at another farm, the steps taken to set up his farm, improvements made over time, and their plans and expectations for their farm business. He also dives into the compromise between perfection and practicality in farm setup, constraints, and challenges such as time and resource
    management, recent achievements, and positive feedback that motivate and validate Alec's efforts.
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF
     

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

kellman55 ,

unparalleled insight

Love everything about this podcast. Listen every week

Zukeep ,

Diego asks the right questions

I’ve lost count of how many times Diego has asked the exact question I wanted an answer to from his guest. They can’t always have the answer but it’s always a good and informative conversation.

Simoney Says ,

My favorite car podcast

Driving past open land and imagining all the possibilities for improving the health and productivity of the land is a great way to make a drive go by fast.
Try it and you make like it I say

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