326 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.

Farm Small Farm Smart The Modern Grower Podcast Network

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 209 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.

    Biointensive Market Gardening with Jodi Roebuck - NEW SHOW PREVIEW

    Biointensive Market Gardening with Jodi Roebuck - NEW SHOW PREVIEW

    In this preview episode of our new show - The Profitable Mini-Farm - farmer Jodi Roebuck @roebuckfarm discusses where John Jeavon's biointensive gardening and market farming come together. Check out the first episode of the new show next week.
    Jodi Roebuck, a world-renowned contemporary market gardener, uses traditional + sustainable practices to be at the forefront of the profitable, small-scale local food movement.
    Having clocked into his third decade in the field of championing local, sustainable food production, Jodi's work is based alongside the work of peers Curtis Stone (The Urban Farmer) and Jean-Martin Fortier (The Market Gardener).
    His commitment to Regenerative Agriculture has cemented long-term relationships with many of the world's leading sustainable food production figures, shaping the direction of Roebuck Farm and influencing growers around the globe 
    Learn more about Jodi:
    https://www.roebuckfarm.com/
    @roebuckfarm
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Designing a Farm for Long-Term Crop Rotations (FSFS263)

    Designing a Farm for Long-Term Crop Rotations (FSFS263)

    When doing an initial layout design for your farm, how do you think about what goes where? What teacher-turned-farmer Chad Gard of Hole in the Woods Farm took into account during their initial planning phase were field blocks and crop rotation. Now, their field blocks are rotated in a 12-year cycle, intentionally switching out different crop families to promote diversity in their soils.
    Learn more about Hole in the Woods Farm. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Why We Switched from 30" Beds to Standard Row Spacing (FSFS262)

    Why We Switched from 30" Beds to Standard Row Spacing (FSFS262)

    While 30-inch beds are the standard for market gardening, it may or may not be the best bed width to implement depending on the farm’s context.
    In this episode of Farm Small Farm Smart, farmer Dean Buttacavoli of Cabbage Throw Farm shares his experience throwing pathways out the window and converting their entire plot into farmland with 15-inch row spacing.
    Learn more about Cabbage Throw Farm. 
    Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/
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    • 43 min
    Starting a Microgreens Business as a Retirement Plan (FSFS261)

    Starting a Microgreens Business as a Retirement Plan (FSFS261)

    Grower Chris Thoreau is guest hosting for Diego. Chris talks to longtime entrepreneur Pierre Marlow of Alberta, Canada to share his experience discovering microgreens and starting a microgreens business as a retirement plan.
    Seedleaf - Microgreen Crop Planning software: https://seedleaf.co/
    Chris Thoreau's website: https://urbanmicro.ca/
     
    Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Microgreens and Intentional Social Impact from Day 1 with Michael Quinn (FSFS260)

    Microgreens and Intentional Social Impact from Day 1 with Michael Quinn (FSFS260)

    Grower Chris Thoreau is guest hosting for Diego. Chris talks to grower Michael Quinn about his experience starting a microgreens business in Northern Ireland, the regional differences that can come with a startup business, and how a startup can be intentional with creating social impact right from the get-go. 
    Learn more about Michael and Mourne Microgreens.
    Seedleaf - Microgreen Crop Planning software: https://seedleaf.co/
    Chris Thoreau's website: https://urbanmicro.ca/
     
    Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/
    Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter
    Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot

    • 48 min
    Bootstrapping a Microgreens Business with Lily Evans (FSFS259)

    Bootstrapping a Microgreens Business with Lily Evans (FSFS259)

    Grower Chris Thoreau is guest hosting for Diego. Chris talks with Lily Evans of Short Roots Urban Farm in Kenosha, Wisconsin to share her experience of how she started her microgreens business by bootstrapping.
    Learn more about Lily /https://www.instagram.com/shortrootsurbanfarm/
    Seedleaf - Microgreen Crop Planning software: https://seedleaf.co/
    Chris Thoreau's website: https://urbanmicro.ca/
     
    Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/
    Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter
    Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

lyratlas ,

Radically changed my game.

Thank you for this podcast. Your interviews are gold. Much appreciated 🙏

MacDracor ,

Take what is useful, discard the rest

First the good. There is a lot of useful information here, at least in the episodes I could get through, which was about two seasons. I did learn a lot.
But.
A more apt name would be “the urban farmer and his political views” because Curtis just can’t resist the political and social commentary. I came here for the vegetables.
Also… I have to skip… a few minutes… at the beginning… and end… of each episode… because Diego… pauses… every few words. I think he’s trying… to sound dramatic… about vegetables.

HazeyHorticulture ,

Not what I was expecting

The podcast description, and intro to first episode, alluded to providing information and first hand experience to inexperienced and novice growers. In the very first episode we’re talking about overwintering crops and how this guy has built “social equity” in his community. I was attracted to this series because I wanted true insight in how this person got started, how they planned their first year, how they got their first restaurant. Yet we immediately jumped 5 years in and Curtis is saying he doesn’t grow for people he doesn’t have a relationship with and then chuckles about it; which is slightly arrogant but to each their own. When asked “how did you acquire your most recent 7 restaurants?” His response was “well they approached me haha”
That not the response your audience wants to here, how did you build the first relationship with a restaurant, was it awkward doing it at first, how do you get someone to pay for product before it’s even grown? These are the questions I was hoping for. Understandably you don’t want to give out your entire SOP, so we don’t need a step-by-step guide on exactly what to do. But how did you get things off the ground? Okay now what was it like to scale the business, and what are future plans looking like for scalability? There is some great information here but it doesn’t feel like a place for someone just now learning.

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