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How To Optimize Hydroponics Farming

ExperienceIngemar posted the article • 0 comments • 144 views • 2017-09-26 18:14 • came from similar tags

 

 
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my name's Cali seaman I'm a hydroponics specialist studying for a PhD in fertilizer chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University hydroponics allows the control of a complete control over what is delivered to the plants you are in full control because you are actually mixing up a solution with a given concentration in there of whatever element you're looking at for example I'm looking at selenium I can mix up a particular type of saline with in that solution and deliver that to the plants selenium is an element that's required for human health though in very very small quantities and is not very well known about it stops diseases such as myopathy so I've been looking at feeding different levels of selenium to broccoli sprouts and monitoring the uptake of the selenium and the compounds that that selenium then produces some of those such as the Celino amino acids can be used to help treat cancer now this system as well also is a hydroponic system so the water that goes into a Kamui cycle background and what you've got is a sprayer at the top which sprays either a solution of nutrient that you're wanting on there or just water it sprays the solution directly onto the seeds they then germinate over a six day period we can then pull out and it's placed between two pieces of paper and I can then freeze-dry them to be able to image those or I can just actually drag them out and then grind them up and digest them and then analyze them there's a number of instruments you can use to manage my monitor what's in there we'd normally get the sample of the plant material we'd crush that open usually it's a liquid nitrogen and that will then instantly freeze it and then crush that up and then we put it into a microwave we add some acid and some hydrogen peroxide to that that then digests down we then filter that through and then we can inject that into the icp-ms that will allow us to be able to measure the particular elements within that solution and that gives you an idea of what's actually in that plant material that you've got there icp-ms just deals with elements so that deals with the iron you cop your potassium that deals with that though those kinds of things the malady will deal with compounds so you can look at they look for metabolites the searcher things like aspirin with in willow plants you could use that for mal DMS stands for matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and basically what that is is you apply what is known as a matrix so a solution contain a particular compound you apply that to your plant your actual plant material or any kind of material that you want into sorts of monitor you spray that on to it you then place that into an instrument which will then fire a laser that affaires lines of it overlays there backwards and forwards and there that laser then releases very small particles from the the actual surface of that and tissue which then enters the mass spectrometer which then can manage of those particular particles that you've got the actual mass of the actual compound and will produce a different spectra so depending on that mask depending on how long it will take for that particular particle to go down a particular tube which then allows you to assign what it is to it so Barr than just looking for one compound it will allow you to look from anything from the mass of 50 to 1,000 and even larger if you wanting depending on what you're looking for in turn we can then move on and process that data and turn that into an image because the actual malady itself doesn't produce the image you just produces data we then take that over to another piece of software which then turns that data into a beautiful image I'm now working on using the techniques that I've actually learnt over the last six years doing my PhD to actually develop new nutrients for the market for the hobby market and for the commercial market as well so if we could produce fertilizers deliver nutrients more efficiently that's what I'm aiming to do and hopefully use these techniques in the future to allow the morning the tracking of it and teach other people to do it as well [Music] you my name's Robert Horton and I'm the vertical farm technician here at Wigan University Technical College vertical farming is rather than continue to expand our farms outwards to expand them what woods so rather than build 10 acre greenhouse and have 10 acres physically taken off why not build an acre greenhouse and do 10 layers on top of it due to the increase in population which is gonna hit 9 billion by 2050 we're gonna rely heavily on future technologies and that's what a hydroponics plays a massive part this specific vertical farm can grow plants that you would normally grow on and ain't gonna have in the space of the room behind us first we sold them and then the place in the propagation room and after a few weeks they are placed on the hydroponic unit in the in the troughs and after that was they're fully grown they are harvested we grow a wide variety of things we focus mainly on herbs because that's what we use downstairs in the production kitchen however we have grown lettuce we've grown chillies we've grown peppers we grow a lot of Chinese herbs for a local Chinese restaurant so throughout the park joy a choice on mckylie we grow in a hydroponic conveyor belt it does one revolution every half hour we use that system to water the plants so that each plant gets a amount of water also we use it so they can share the Sun lighting at the same amounts of sunlight funds are grown in a synthetic soil and he's done this way so that you can monitor how much watts is going through it and how much water the plants absorb in growing rate it basically recycles the water they it uses so plants taking the amount of water that they need but then the remainder water which would normally be drained into the earth it's collected and pumps around the system back into plants again it's 90% less water than what you'd use in a natural field well I originally come from a farming family and we're very limited by the seasons so we have to sell everything in the spring and then harvest it throughout the year here we can be sowing all year round harvesting all year round if you're a farmer you can have a bad day you can have a good day it just depends and what the weather wants but you can control with a vertical farm and grow vertically we can grow on rooftops we can grow in the buildings such as this where traditionally you would need acres and acres of fields to do such a thing hydroponics is still evolving as to how we're using it in so Japan for example where's a lot of people in a small space they've started turning all the old technology factories were these to make floppy drives and CD drives which are now obsolete and they've started creating plant factories where they literally just grow nothing but one crop so say the growing within but lettuce on try if she's given them lots of fresh healthy vegetables since the growing population and especially in the current future I definitely think that the vertical farm hydroponics will definitely be used more more and more around the world food security is something that's becoming very important very quickly we're an expanding population in England there's more and more people and what building houses all the time which means this less farmland we all have to ship it in from abroad which means you through this week two weeks old by the time it gets dear or you can grow it here in a vertical farm we can harvest food here and be using it cooking it have it delivered in an hour [Music] you a remain Maryellen tailor sells her produce at weekend farmers markets near Washington DC the heads of lettuce still attached to their roots are popular and she has many regular customers like Betsey Kulik lettuce just tastes fabulous that we can come year-round even in January February and March her lettuce is very green and and tastes just as good then as it does in the summer Taylor grows the lettuce and other salad greens on her family farm in Loudoun County Virginia about 80 kilometres from Washington isn't this beautiful I mean it is so clean no stand or soil or pests down in there it is just like a perfectly formed green rose that's edible Taylor harvests four thousand of those in her two hydroponic greenhouses each week all year round that's why she named her farm endless summer harvest she has a dozen part-time employees and frequent visitors from around the world several weeks ago investor group from Botswana came to visit with us we have had farmers from Afghanistan here that we're visiting because this would be ideal controlled environment to bring to Afghanistan where the climate is so harsh the hydroponic crops here are protected from the harsh elements from planting to harvest what she is doing here is she is loaded this cedar with watercress seeds and is planting them in the rock wall after they germinate these little plants stay in the nursery for two weeks then they're moved to a greenhouse and placed into gutters where they'll grow to market size they are nourished sustainably using recycled water that tank has 600 gallons of water with the nutrients it continuously flows in and out of that tank after it has gone through the system and all of the plants roots Taylor says the two greenhouses take up a little over 1,000 square meters of land but produce the equivalent of a conventional five hectare farm we've established that it's so productive on small pieces of land so they can be closer to make major metropolitan areas so besides farmers markets Taylor can tell her fresh produce to specialty grocery stores it's incredibly popular we have a great following and local restaurants chef Anthony Lombardo uses the hydroponic lettuces in his signature salads they really like the salad a lot we've had a lot of positive feedback about the salad people are so into buying local food 90% of Americans eat lettuce every day we are a retail farm phenomena here in America Taylor says she enjoys being known as the lettuce lady and is planning to double her farm size this year for producer Jun so Amy Katz VOA news you 


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my name's Cali seaman I'm a hydroponics specialist studying for a PhD in fertilizer chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University hydroponics allows the control of a complete control over what is delivered to the plants you are in full control because you are actually mixing up a solution with a given concentration in there of whatever element you're looking at for example I'm looking at selenium I can mix up a particular type of saline with in that solution and deliver that to the plants selenium is an element that's required for human health though in very very small quantities and is not very well known about it stops diseases such as myopathy so I've been looking at feeding different levels of selenium to broccoli sprouts and monitoring the uptake of the selenium and the compounds that that selenium then produces some of those such as the Celino amino acids can be used to help treat cancer now this system as well also is a hydroponic system so the water that goes into a Kamui cycle background and what you've got is a sprayer at the top which sprays either a solution of nutrient that you're wanting on there or just water it sprays the solution directly onto the seeds they then germinate over a six day period we can then pull out and it's placed between two pieces of paper and I can then freeze-dry them to be able to image those or I can just actually drag them out and then grind them up and digest them and then analyze them there's a number of instruments you can use to manage my monitor what's in there we'd normally get the sample of the plant material we'd crush that open usually it's a liquid nitrogen and that will then instantly freeze it and then crush that up and then we put it into a microwave we add some acid and some hydrogen peroxide to that that then digests down we then filter that through and then we can inject that into the icp-ms that will allow us to be able to measure the particular elements within that solution and that gives you an idea of what's actually in that plant material that you've got there icp-ms just deals with elements so that deals with the iron you cop your potassium that deals with that though those kinds of things the malady will deal with compounds so you can look at they look for metabolites the searcher things like aspirin with in willow plants you could use that for mal DMS stands for matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and basically what that is is you apply what is known as a matrix so a solution contain a particular compound you apply that to your plant your actual plant material or any kind of material that you want into sorts of monitor you spray that on to it you then place that into an instrument which will then fire a laser that affaires lines of it overlays there backwards and forwards and there that laser then releases very small particles from the the actual surface of that and tissue which then enters the mass spectrometer which then can manage of those particular particles that you've got the actual mass of the actual compound and will produce a different spectra so depending on that mask depending on how long it will take for that particular particle to go down a particular tube which then allows you to assign what it is to it so Barr than just looking for one compound it will allow you to look from anything from the mass of 50 to 1,000 and even larger if you wanting depending on what you're looking for in turn we can then move on and process that data and turn that into an image because the actual malady itself doesn't produce the image you just produces data we then take that over to another piece of software which then turns that data into a beautiful image I'm now working on using the techniques that I've actually learnt over the last six years doing my PhD to actually develop new nutrients for the market for the hobby market and for the commercial market as well so if we could produce fertilizers deliver nutrients more efficiently that's what I'm aiming to do and hopefully use these techniques in the future to allow the morning the tracking of it and teach other people to do it as well [Music] you my name's Robert Horton and I'm the vertical farm technician here at Wigan University Technical College vertical farming is rather than continue to expand our farms outwards to expand them what woods so rather than build 10 acre greenhouse and have 10 acres physically taken off why not build an acre greenhouse and do 10 layers on top of it due to the increase in population which is gonna hit 9 billion by 2050 we're gonna rely heavily on future technologies and that's what a hydroponics plays a massive part this specific vertical farm can grow plants that you would normally grow on and ain't gonna have in the space of the room behind us first we sold them and then the place in the propagation room and after a few weeks they are placed on the hydroponic unit in the in the troughs and after that was they're fully grown they are harvested we grow a wide variety of things we focus mainly on herbs because that's what we use downstairs in the production kitchen however we have grown lettuce we've grown chillies we've grown peppers we grow a lot of Chinese herbs for a local Chinese restaurant so throughout the park joy a choice on mckylie we grow in a hydroponic conveyor belt it does one revolution every half hour we use that system to water the plants so that each plant gets a amount of water also we use it so they can share the Sun lighting at the same amounts of sunlight funds are grown in a synthetic soil and he's done this way so that you can monitor how much watts is going through it and how much water the plants absorb in growing rate it basically recycles the water they it uses so plants taking the amount of water that they need but then the remainder water which would normally be drained into the earth it's collected and pumps around the system back into plants again it's 90% less water than what you'd use in a natural field well I originally come from a farming family and we're very limited by the seasons so we have to sell everything in the spring and then harvest it throughout the year here we can be sowing all year round harvesting all year round if you're a farmer you can have a bad day you can have a good day it just depends and what the weather wants but you can control with a vertical farm and grow vertically we can grow on rooftops we can grow in the buildings such as this where traditionally you would need acres and acres of fields to do such a thing hydroponics is still evolving as to how we're using it in so Japan for example where's a lot of people in a small space they've started turning all the old technology factories were these to make floppy drives and CD drives which are now obsolete and they've started creating plant factories where they literally just grow nothing but one crop so say the growing within but lettuce on try if she's given them lots of fresh healthy vegetables since the growing population and especially in the current future I definitely think that the vertical farm hydroponics will definitely be used more more and more around the world food security is something that's becoming very important very quickly we're an expanding population in England there's more and more people and what building houses all the time which means this less farmland we all have to ship it in from abroad which means you through this week two weeks old by the time it gets dear or you can grow it here in a vertical farm we can harvest food here and be using it cooking it have it delivered in an hour [Music] you a remain Maryellen tailor sells her produce at weekend farmers markets near Washington DC the heads of lettuce still attached to their roots are popular and she has many regular customers like Betsey Kulik lettuce just tastes fabulous that we can come year-round even in January February and March her lettuce is very green and and tastes just as good then as it does in the summer Taylor grows the lettuce and other salad greens on her family farm in Loudoun County Virginia about 80 kilometres from Washington isn't this beautiful I mean it is so clean no stand or soil or pests down in there it is just like a perfectly formed green rose that's edible Taylor harvests four thousand of those in her two hydroponic greenhouses each week all year round that's why she named her farm endless summer harvest she has a dozen part-time employees and frequent visitors from around the world several weeks ago investor group from Botswana came to visit with us we have had farmers from Afghanistan here that we're visiting because this would be ideal controlled environment to bring to Afghanistan where the climate is so harsh the hydroponic crops here are protected from the harsh elements from planting to harvest what she is doing here is she is loaded this cedar with watercress seeds and is planting them in the rock wall after they germinate these little plants stay in the nursery for two weeks then they're moved to a greenhouse and placed into gutters where they'll grow to market size they are nourished sustainably using recycled water that tank has 600 gallons of water with the nutrients it continuously flows in and out of that tank after it has gone through the system and all of the plants roots Taylor says the two greenhouses take up a little over 1,000 square meters of land but produce the equivalent of a conventional five hectare farm we've established that it's so productive on small pieces of land so they can be closer to make major metropolitan areas so besides farmers markets Taylor can tell her fresh produce to specialty grocery stores it's incredibly popular we have a great following and local restaurants chef Anthony Lombardo uses the hydroponic lettuces in his signature salads they really like the salad a lot we've had a lot of positive feedback about the salad people are so into buying local food 90% of Americans eat lettuce every day we are a retail farm phenomena here in America Taylor says she enjoys being known as the lettuce lady and is planning to double her farm size this year for producer Jun so Amy Katz VOA news you 


 
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How to Set up a Profitable (backyard) Farm wherever you are

Daily LifeJustin Rhodes posted the article • 0 comments • 157 views • 2017-09-21 06:09 • came from similar tags

 
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my name is Chris stone I'm an urban farmer I run an operation called green city acres in Kelowna BC Canada [Music] saw thousands of people all around the world how to grow food in their backyards and make a living at doing it [Music] my primary audience or people that I teach are people who are kind of sick of their jobs to go what they're doing and they want to do something that aligns with their values you know that those values usually growing food and living off the land in some way [Applause] [Music] [Applause] though a lot of people that I've taught have been even people like lawyers and professionals working professionals who are kind of just tired of the grind and want to do something a bit more holistic so the first thing that's really important if you want to start making the living with a small farm is first identify your market place figure out if there's actually people in your area that want to buy this kind of stuff and you know we're talking about specific crops that's really important we're generally growing high-value fast-growing high yield per square foot crops and if there isn't a market for those crops if nobody in your area knows about salad mixes or microgreens or baby root vegetables then it might not work in area but that's number one you can go and build a farm and plant crops till you're blue in the face but if nobody's gonna buy it then it's all for nothing so these were all planted on Wednesday and today is Sunday so I'm uncovering them now I put the weights on there to create a bit of resistance and that just gives makes them Germany more consistently right to the edge kind of mimics nature in a way if you think about it because you know seeds will often have not ideal conditions to germinate in and that makes a nice nice even germinated crop and then we'll harvest these by Thursday so it's an 8 day cycle from seed to harvest that crop is sunflower and that's one of our main microgreens we knew sunflower pea and radish are most common ones but then I have these other odds and ends ones here but this is an important part of how our farms profitable is we're focusing on high-value crops these are certainly the highest valued crop they're the shortest date to maturity high yield per square foot highest price per pound and I can grow them year-round so those are those are characteristics that make a profitable crop and I outline not in my book but you know our farm isn't growing pumpkins and potatoes and melons we're growing salad greens microgreens cherry tomatoes but it's mostly about the crops that we can grow year round that really bring in the revenue of our farm number one mistake is that well it's not just urban it's a farmer makes the number one mistake as they take on too much they try to do too many things they come in that they watched channels like yours and mine and they get all these ideas all I want to do this I want to do rainwater catchment I want to live off the grid I want to do it all and then they don't get anything done because they have too many goals and it's really best to just get one thing done dial it in make it good go to the next thing and so that goes for crops to farmers often grow too many crops and the problem with that is that if you grow too many crops you don't learn all the nuances of the crops because you're not paying close enough attention you got too much going on so you're running around putting out fires when you grow less you can learn more about what you're growing look at this I got some slugs growing in my with my son shoots so that's pea shoots same thing eight days to harvest and this is gonna be harvested tomorrow so when the guys come in tomorrow morning that'll be one of the first things they do and so we're harvesting the whole flat we get a little over a pound per flat and that sells for about $15 per pound so on each flat we're making at least 20 bucks so that's an eight-day crop $20 great thing about these two is that I can vertical eyes the space so as the Sun Goes Down lower in the sky close to the winter this greenhouse actually captures more light and I can grow more stuff with less energy because I don't need I don't need I don't use artificial light I do the odd time here and there but for the most part it's all just natural light so the second thing is finding out where you want to farm finding some land now you don't have to own land to farm most people think you do that's what I thought until I found that I could farm people's backyards that's exactly why I do what I do is sort of out of default it wasn't because I wanted to be an urban farmer I just didn't have any other alternatives so there's many different ways you can find land you can lease land you can rent land you can buy land if it's cheap you can buy land if you want to pay for it it's up to you but one thing that's really important to know is there's nothing wrong with leasing or renting land for a period of time because if you buy a land and then realize after a year you don't like farming it's not for you well now you're stuck with this land and now it's a liability to you a number of people that I've consulted for have bought land bought all the gear put up fifty thousand dollars of capital and then realized after two years that just wasn't for them or there was flaws in their marketplace that they should have identified earlier they didn't like the lifestyle there's a variety of different reasons but I've seen it happen time and time again that's why there's an advantage to actually not buying the land when you start because you can just get in grease the wheels if you like it build a farm somewhere else I've turned over twenty different plots of land and I set up multiple farms it's not that big of a deal to have to do it a couple times in fact it just makes you better because then the next time around you're gonna do it a lot better than you did the first time so there's actually an advantage to leasing and renting land the other part of that too is that sometimes the land to buy isn't in an ideal location and this is why I ended up in Kelowna is because cologne is a really good marketplace and so just like from step number one was identify a market place I wanted to be in that market place but as no way I could have afforded to buy land here so I just leased land to start was giving people vegetables in exchange for the use of their land so that's how I got into it sometimes the marketplace itself is more important than the land because you can change your land around later on but it's first establishing that market place so keep in mind you don't have to own land to start farming everything in my greenhouse is I used quick couplers because sometimes I want to use this really soft spray to water these crops so that it doesn't knock them over and then sometimes I want a heavier spray from some of my other microgreens and I'll show you both but I can switch these up really quickly and I love that because then then I don't have to sit there and unscrew it so for these ones I like to use this off spray salad over lettuce this is our probably our most valuable this is certainly our most valuable field crop we it's the base of our salad mix and we grow it around ten months of the year it's very valuable crop these are some more of the dainty type microgreens that we grow that's read and ran this is radish here this is cabbage that I'm watering right here all these go in a mix that we grow called the rainbow mix it's a micro green salad mix and then for these crops I switch my water nozzle and then these ones like the bit these ones take more water so I must have something that's not a good flow I'm just gonna turn something off for a second there's probably a stunning irrigation running yeah there you go nice big flow this dumps down a lot more water it's still a soft spray but it just dumps down a lot of water so it's faster to water and these crops are more robust so they can handle it you shouldn't market farm if you don't like getting dirty and working hard and if you don't like being in a community and you don't like talking to people you shouldn't be a market gardener one thing about being a market gardener or farmer is that you really have to fill a lot of different roles you've got to you got to be a people person and if you're not you can hire somebody to do that but you've got to be out there talking to people getting to know people in the community and and you also got to be a business manager you got to be out pulling weeds planting stuff then taking it to market delivering it to restaurants making customers doing the books I wear many different hats in this business I've learned and it's great because it really gives you experience doing all kinds of things if we're looking at five stages here is to set up your post harvest area so this is the area where you wash and dry things and you pack things you store things in walk-in coolers this is one of the things that is most overlooked so many farmers think just go Terra plant start planting crops and it'll sell itself that's far from the truth because what happens is if you don't have this post harvest stuff set up you're gonna bottleneck and you're gonna have so much stuff coming off the field and you don't have a place to wash it and pack it and store it that you're gonna let stuffs gonna spoil and if you've gone out and planted crops without having this in mind then all that's for nothing and you're losing because now you've done that work and then you're not selling that crop so the post harvest is very important walk-in coolers in particular are probably one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure on any commercial farm so the walk-in cooler allows you to store the product for longer which allows you to market for a multiple day as opposed to just packing everything for a farmers market and then hoping to sell it the next day but most importantly it allows you to get the field heat off so after you harvest vegetables out of the ground they're warm and if you don't cool them right away to slow down that process of decomposition they're gonna keep breaking down and you're gonna spoil this is our washing table so this is where we got a sprayer here so this is where I wash things all the water gets diverted into a pump and I pump it on my trees but so this these carrots were just harvested the other day actually the last time you were here and they were soaking in water and so this is how I wash carrots I put them in a tote like this watch out a little bit shake them around spray some water on here and this essentially gets the dirt off so there's this is you know DIY and we don't do that many carrots so this works for our context if I was doing hundreds of pounds of carrots a week I would have a proper carrot washer but for us this washing table works great for for this I do radish is the same way beets turnips I'll do it the same way and so it's shaking this around and spraying some water on here step number four and getting this all going is start preparing your land and I put that after the post harvest intentionally so that the post harvest is prepared first so that when you start doing this stuff you can you can kind of chip away at that stuff too but starting to prepare your land so there's many different contexts here you could be really rural and have a slope with lots of rocks or you could be in a prairie with tons of quack grass or you could be in a backyard grinding up yard like lawns so there's many different approach it basically what is involved usually is going in and go grinding up the raw land so going into the cultivator or a roto tiller to bring up the soil and start working it from there with lawns my favorite thing to do is tarp it for six months if I if I know that I'm looking at a new site and I'm on prepare it for next season that's the most ideal if you can have at least six months to prepare it you can let time do the work and you can lay down silage tarps on that lawn let it kill off the grass and all the weeds so once you pull the tarp off then you can start cultivating but ideally letting that tarp sit there for six months even a year if you've got the time it's gonna make it so much easier to go in and do the prep work afterwards once you pull the tarp off and do that initial cultivation then you're gonna start forming out your beds so everything we do in our Market Garden is a 30 inch bed this is very standard for market gardens myself Sean Maher 1040a Ben Hartman we all do the 30 inch bed that's become a standard and small farming so now you can start forming out your beds and there's I could keep going on but I think that's that you basically get the gist of how you get started there this is called the tiller and it's essentially a roto tiller but it only it's only telling the top inch of soil this is the Jiang cedar this is my number one seating tool it has different densities you can plant at it's very accurate all of this like this was planted with the Jiang cedar that's arugula crops meaning that I'm just planting right in the soil and they're growing from there opposed to being transplants so the last thing that's gonna happen on your farm is gonna start planting you got all your beds prepped you got your structure in place now you're gonna start planting you're gonna be planting stuff in the nursery at the beginning of the season getting things ready to go for transplants to go in the field and then once the spring comes along you start direct seeding in the field and there's a lot of nuances to planting there's a lot of different ways to do it but what's really important about planting is understanding succession is that on a farm in order to have production consistently throughout the season you have to keep planting you can't just plant a bunch of stuff in May and then be harvesting all summer it doesn't work that way you got to continuously plant so there's a lot of nuances to how far to spread your plantings apart and at what times of the year the biggest challenge for us in North America and this is the same for people in the southern hemisphere is that our day lengths change radically from the winter solstice to the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days are getting exponentially longer and that they get exponentially longer quicker after we pass this the spring equinox from the spring equinox to the summer solstice the day's get radically long we're in the summer here we're at 18 and a half hours of daylight at the summer solstice but at the winter solstice we're at eight hours of daylight or seven and a half so it's radically different and so the challenge for for a market grower is to learn the nuances of their bioregion so I can't teach you this exactly I can teach you what it is in Kelowna but you're gonna have to apply that information to yourself and one quick tip I have to do that is record everything you do in your first year of spreadsheets record when a crop goes in the ground and when you harvested it because you can plant spinach at the first week of March and it might take 65 days to harvest but if you plant it in June it might be ready in 30 days so it's different and it's constantly changing and these are the nuances that we have to learn as farmers and we can really only learn them from just doing it ourselves so this whole greenhouse is actually or most of it is one succession this is all planted at once to beds of radishes planted at once to beds of arugula planted at once to beds of spinach planted at once so that's a that was like a weekly block of planting so on another plot I've got the exact same thing that's a week prior and a week after so the thing that's really neat about the seasons changing is that at the beginning of the season in the springtime I'm actually doing wider successions on planting things in wider intervals like two or three week intervals but then as I get into the summer I need to start planting things in weekly intervals and here's the root the thing that's kind of weird is that is you go into the fall you actually start to tighten it up even more you might actually start planting every four days the reason for that is that in the fall the days are now getting exponentially longer so if I plant a crop on Monday and then I plant a crop on Thursday say this is in the last week of September they actually might end up being two weeks apart because that crop that was planted four days after is at starting at a different point where it's gonna have a lot long shorter days and cooler nights whereas in the springtime you things are gonna grow slower but they're gonna catch up to one another so in the springtime if you say it's the first week of April if I plant a crop of radishes one week and then a crop radishes the next week same Monday and Monday they both end up being ready at the same time that's where it gets kind of nuanced but you learn all these things just through experience the thing I love about doing this is that each day I go to bed feeling like I feel connected I feel connected the land I feel connected to my community one of the greatest things about being an urban farmer in particular is that I'll be at my front yard doing stuff and people walk by and they go this is a great idea I love what you're doing why are we growing lawns it makes people think about stuff and I don't even have to engage them or evangelize them in any ways this is why you should eat organic food this is why you should grow your own food or any of that people walk by and they see the production and it makes sense them and I love at the end of the day knowing that I'm working in the soil growing food good healthy food that people are eating and it really gives me an amazing life purpose sure I could do other things sure I could have gone to university and been a doctor or a lawyer or whatever but this kind of thing it really comes back to community connection and having an intrinsic value in a new community knowing that I'm needed as a food producer people need me people rely on me [Music] [Applause] Curtis is just important to some files he shot some videos of this today isn't that cool like he has the Steadicam gimbal you know the walk along smooth shots he did the drone footage he's a fellow youtuber it is so fun filming fellow youtubers especially when they contribute two of the three cameras so if you enjoyed that do please check out Curtis at his YouTube channel I'll leave the link for that there and down in the description also you gotta want to check out his website where you can get cool resources like the urban farmer the book and the course and stuff like that on his website I'll leave the link down below


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my name is Chris stone I'm an urban farmer I run an operation called green city acres in Kelowna BC Canada [Music] saw thousands of people all around the world how to grow food in their backyards and make a living at doing it [Music] my primary audience or people that I teach are people who are kind of sick of their jobs to go what they're doing and they want to do something that aligns with their values you know that those values usually growing food and living off the land in some way [Applause] [Music] [Applause] though a lot of people that I've taught have been even people like lawyers and professionals working professionals who are kind of just tired of the grind and want to do something a bit more holistic so the first thing that's really important if you want to start making the living with a small farm is first identify your market place figure out if there's actually people in your area that want to buy this kind of stuff and you know we're talking about specific crops that's really important we're generally growing high-value fast-growing high yield per square foot crops and if there isn't a market for those crops if nobody in your area knows about salad mixes or microgreens or baby root vegetables then it might not work in area but that's number one you can go and build a farm and plant crops till you're blue in the face but if nobody's gonna buy it then it's all for nothing so these were all planted on Wednesday and today is Sunday so I'm uncovering them now I put the weights on there to create a bit of resistance and that just gives makes them Germany more consistently right to the edge kind of mimics nature in a way if you think about it because you know seeds will often have not ideal conditions to germinate in and that makes a nice nice even germinated crop and then we'll harvest these by Thursday so it's an 8 day cycle from seed to harvest that crop is sunflower and that's one of our main microgreens we knew sunflower pea and radish are most common ones but then I have these other odds and ends ones here but this is an important part of how our farms profitable is we're focusing on high-value crops these are certainly the highest valued crop they're the shortest date to maturity high yield per square foot highest price per pound and I can grow them year-round so those are those are characteristics that make a profitable crop and I outline not in my book but you know our farm isn't growing pumpkins and potatoes and melons we're growing salad greens microgreens cherry tomatoes but it's mostly about the crops that we can grow year round that really bring in the revenue of our farm number one mistake is that well it's not just urban it's a farmer makes the number one mistake as they take on too much they try to do too many things they come in that they watched channels like yours and mine and they get all these ideas all I want to do this I want to do rainwater catchment I want to live off the grid I want to do it all and then they don't get anything done because they have too many goals and it's really best to just get one thing done dial it in make it good go to the next thing and so that goes for crops to farmers often grow too many crops and the problem with that is that if you grow too many crops you don't learn all the nuances of the crops because you're not paying close enough attention you got too much going on so you're running around putting out fires when you grow less you can learn more about what you're growing look at this I got some slugs growing in my with my son shoots so that's pea shoots same thing eight days to harvest and this is gonna be harvested tomorrow so when the guys come in tomorrow morning that'll be one of the first things they do and so we're harvesting the whole flat we get a little over a pound per flat and that sells for about $15 per pound so on each flat we're making at least 20 bucks so that's an eight-day crop $20 great thing about these two is that I can vertical eyes the space so as the Sun Goes Down lower in the sky close to the winter this greenhouse actually captures more light and I can grow more stuff with less energy because I don't need I don't need I don't use artificial light I do the odd time here and there but for the most part it's all just natural light so the second thing is finding out where you want to farm finding some land now you don't have to own land to farm most people think you do that's what I thought until I found that I could farm people's backyards that's exactly why I do what I do is sort of out of default it wasn't because I wanted to be an urban farmer I just didn't have any other alternatives so there's many different ways you can find land you can lease land you can rent land you can buy land if it's cheap you can buy land if you want to pay for it it's up to you but one thing that's really important to know is there's nothing wrong with leasing or renting land for a period of time because if you buy a land and then realize after a year you don't like farming it's not for you well now you're stuck with this land and now it's a liability to you a number of people that I've consulted for have bought land bought all the gear put up fifty thousand dollars of capital and then realized after two years that just wasn't for them or there was flaws in their marketplace that they should have identified earlier they didn't like the lifestyle there's a variety of different reasons but I've seen it happen time and time again that's why there's an advantage to actually not buying the land when you start because you can just get in grease the wheels if you like it build a farm somewhere else I've turned over twenty different plots of land and I set up multiple farms it's not that big of a deal to have to do it a couple times in fact it just makes you better because then the next time around you're gonna do it a lot better than you did the first time so there's actually an advantage to leasing and renting land the other part of that too is that sometimes the land to buy isn't in an ideal location and this is why I ended up in Kelowna is because cologne is a really good marketplace and so just like from step number one was identify a market place I wanted to be in that market place but as no way I could have afforded to buy land here so I just leased land to start was giving people vegetables in exchange for the use of their land so that's how I got into it sometimes the marketplace itself is more important than the land because you can change your land around later on but it's first establishing that market place so keep in mind you don't have to own land to start farming everything in my greenhouse is I used quick couplers because sometimes I want to use this really soft spray to water these crops so that it doesn't knock them over and then sometimes I want a heavier spray from some of my other microgreens and I'll show you both but I can switch these up really quickly and I love that because then then I don't have to sit there and unscrew it so for these ones I like to use this off spray salad over lettuce this is our probably our most valuable this is certainly our most valuable field crop we it's the base of our salad mix and we grow it around ten months of the year it's very valuable crop these are some more of the dainty type microgreens that we grow that's read and ran this is radish here this is cabbage that I'm watering right here all these go in a mix that we grow called the rainbow mix it's a micro green salad mix and then for these crops I switch my water nozzle and then these ones like the bit these ones take more water so I must have something that's not a good flow I'm just gonna turn something off for a second there's probably a stunning irrigation running yeah there you go nice big flow this dumps down a lot more water it's still a soft spray but it just dumps down a lot of water so it's faster to water and these crops are more robust so they can handle it you shouldn't market farm if you don't like getting dirty and working hard and if you don't like being in a community and you don't like talking to people you shouldn't be a market gardener one thing about being a market gardener or farmer is that you really have to fill a lot of different roles you've got to you got to be a people person and if you're not you can hire somebody to do that but you've got to be out there talking to people getting to know people in the community and and you also got to be a business manager you got to be out pulling weeds planting stuff then taking it to market delivering it to restaurants making customers doing the books I wear many different hats in this business I've learned and it's great because it really gives you experience doing all kinds of things if we're looking at five stages here is to set up your post harvest area so this is the area where you wash and dry things and you pack things you store things in walk-in coolers this is one of the things that is most overlooked so many farmers think just go Terra plant start planting crops and it'll sell itself that's far from the truth because what happens is if you don't have this post harvest stuff set up you're gonna bottleneck and you're gonna have so much stuff coming off the field and you don't have a place to wash it and pack it and store it that you're gonna let stuffs gonna spoil and if you've gone out and planted crops without having this in mind then all that's for nothing and you're losing because now you've done that work and then you're not selling that crop so the post harvest is very important walk-in coolers in particular are probably one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure on any commercial farm so the walk-in cooler allows you to store the product for longer which allows you to market for a multiple day as opposed to just packing everything for a farmers market and then hoping to sell it the next day but most importantly it allows you to get the field heat off so after you harvest vegetables out of the ground they're warm and if you don't cool them right away to slow down that process of decomposition they're gonna keep breaking down and you're gonna spoil this is our washing table so this is where we got a sprayer here so this is where I wash things all the water gets diverted into a pump and I pump it on my trees but so this these carrots were just harvested the other day actually the last time you were here and they were soaking in water and so this is how I wash carrots I put them in a tote like this watch out a little bit shake them around spray some water on here and this essentially gets the dirt off so there's this is you know DIY and we don't do that many carrots so this works for our context if I was doing hundreds of pounds of carrots a week I would have a proper carrot washer but for us this washing table works great for for this I do radish is the same way beets turnips I'll do it the same way and so it's shaking this around and spraying some water on here step number four and getting this all going is start preparing your land and I put that after the post harvest intentionally so that the post harvest is prepared first so that when you start doing this stuff you can you can kind of chip away at that stuff too but starting to prepare your land so there's many different contexts here you could be really rural and have a slope with lots of rocks or you could be in a prairie with tons of quack grass or you could be in a backyard grinding up yard like lawns so there's many different approach it basically what is involved usually is going in and go grinding up the raw land so going into the cultivator or a roto tiller to bring up the soil and start working it from there with lawns my favorite thing to do is tarp it for six months if I if I know that I'm looking at a new site and I'm on prepare it for next season that's the most ideal if you can have at least six months to prepare it you can let time do the work and you can lay down silage tarps on that lawn let it kill off the grass and all the weeds so once you pull the tarp off then you can start cultivating but ideally letting that tarp sit there for six months even a year if you've got the time it's gonna make it so much easier to go in and do the prep work afterwards once you pull the tarp off and do that initial cultivation then you're gonna start forming out your beds so everything we do in our Market Garden is a 30 inch bed this is very standard for market gardens myself Sean Maher 1040a Ben Hartman we all do the 30 inch bed that's become a standard and small farming so now you can start forming out your beds and there's I could keep going on but I think that's that you basically get the gist of how you get started there this is called the tiller and it's essentially a roto tiller but it only it's only telling the top inch of soil this is the Jiang cedar this is my number one seating tool it has different densities you can plant at it's very accurate all of this like this was planted with the Jiang cedar that's arugula crops meaning that I'm just planting right in the soil and they're growing from there opposed to being transplants so the last thing that's gonna happen on your farm is gonna start planting you got all your beds prepped you got your structure in place now you're gonna start planting you're gonna be planting stuff in the nursery at the beginning of the season getting things ready to go for transplants to go in the field and then once the spring comes along you start direct seeding in the field and there's a lot of nuances to planting there's a lot of different ways to do it but what's really important about planting is understanding succession is that on a farm in order to have production consistently throughout the season you have to keep planting you can't just plant a bunch of stuff in May and then be harvesting all summer it doesn't work that way you got to continuously plant so there's a lot of nuances to how far to spread your plantings apart and at what times of the year the biggest challenge for us in North America and this is the same for people in the southern hemisphere is that our day lengths change radically from the winter solstice to the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days are getting exponentially longer and that they get exponentially longer quicker after we pass this the spring equinox from the spring equinox to the summer solstice the day's get radically long we're in the summer here we're at 18 and a half hours of daylight at the summer solstice but at the winter solstice we're at eight hours of daylight or seven and a half so it's radically different and so the challenge for for a market grower is to learn the nuances of their bioregion so I can't teach you this exactly I can teach you what it is in Kelowna but you're gonna have to apply that information to yourself and one quick tip I have to do that is record everything you do in your first year of spreadsheets record when a crop goes in the ground and when you harvested it because you can plant spinach at the first week of March and it might take 65 days to harvest but if you plant it in June it might be ready in 30 days so it's different and it's constantly changing and these are the nuances that we have to learn as farmers and we can really only learn them from just doing it ourselves so this whole greenhouse is actually or most of it is one succession this is all planted at once to beds of radishes planted at once to beds of arugula planted at once to beds of spinach planted at once so that's a that was like a weekly block of planting so on another plot I've got the exact same thing that's a week prior and a week after so the thing that's really neat about the seasons changing is that at the beginning of the season in the springtime I'm actually doing wider successions on planting things in wider intervals like two or three week intervals but then as I get into the summer I need to start planting things in weekly intervals and here's the root the thing that's kind of weird is that is you go into the fall you actually start to tighten it up even more you might actually start planting every four days the reason for that is that in the fall the days are now getting exponentially longer so if I plant a crop on Monday and then I plant a crop on Thursday say this is in the last week of September they actually might end up being two weeks apart because that crop that was planted four days after is at starting at a different point where it's gonna have a lot long shorter days and cooler nights whereas in the springtime you things are gonna grow slower but they're gonna catch up to one another so in the springtime if you say it's the first week of April if I plant a crop of radishes one week and then a crop radishes the next week same Monday and Monday they both end up being ready at the same time that's where it gets kind of nuanced but you learn all these things just through experience the thing I love about doing this is that each day I go to bed feeling like I feel connected I feel connected the land I feel connected to my community one of the greatest things about being an urban farmer in particular is that I'll be at my front yard doing stuff and people walk by and they go this is a great idea I love what you're doing why are we growing lawns it makes people think about stuff and I don't even have to engage them or evangelize them in any ways this is why you should eat organic food this is why you should grow your own food or any of that people walk by and they see the production and it makes sense them and I love at the end of the day knowing that I'm working in the soil growing food good healthy food that people are eating and it really gives me an amazing life purpose sure I could do other things sure I could have gone to university and been a doctor or a lawyer or whatever but this kind of thing it really comes back to community connection and having an intrinsic value in a new community knowing that I'm needed as a food producer people need me people rely on me [Music] [Applause] Curtis is just important to some files he shot some videos of this today isn't that cool like he has the Steadicam gimbal you know the walk along smooth shots he did the drone footage he's a fellow youtuber it is so fun filming fellow youtubers especially when they contribute two of the three cameras so if you enjoyed that do please check out Curtis at his YouTube channel I'll leave the link for that there and down in the description also you gotta want to check out his website where you can get cool resources like the urban farmer the book and the course and stuff like that on his website I'll leave the link down below


 
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How To QUIT Your JOB & Start A Farm - For $600

Daily LifeJustin Rhodes posted the article • 0 comments • 158 views • 2017-09-21 06:09 • came from similar tags

 

 
 
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it's a beautiful sight poke this man has quit his corporate job to come home to the farm and work with his family in this video we're going to show you the three steps to do this yourself whoa fuck did this go by how he gets excited as a teenager working with that on the farm time for us to leave the White House on the hill we're scheduled to go to Rome Stokes well a farm that makes round sticks pasture raised pork jerky but we're going to go on a detour on the way over here we happen upon this amazing farm it wasn't in the plan it wasn't on the tour but it turned out absolutely incredible what we had found out about that farm is that they farmed just like Joel Salatin so that was the angle of my story he was going to be the poster child of Joel Salatin finally a poster child for Joel Salatin somebody who's going to do is exactly like he does because why ran Bennett if it works Joel's been doing it for 40 years why do anything different it's a model that works [Music] not long after being there I realized there's more to the story than just systems than just poultry then just pastured poultry pen and chickens following cow one here I totally quit his job to start farming and to you've gotten his entire family on board those boys did you see those boys that's like now I know power of it I think we really figured they're getting the guy look at two smiling burger who gets paid more yeah they were totally excited about farming and they were older boys and they were teenage boys aren't these supposed to be the terrible years yet here these boys were helping is dead we got more of a story to uncover that's for sure before we go we got to say goodbye to our friends White House on the hill everybody say yeah bye thank you guys you've been great hosts it was cool to spend a 4th of July with you thank you so much for coming you have a great we're good lucky YouTube channel thank you for being here thanks for your time we love you guys have you cared [Music] we have arrived we have thought of many more questions many questions unanswered I had a feeling we just scratched the surface with David now we're going to get a little bit deeper and help many many many people who are in the same spot where maybe they want to get out of their job and maybe one day they want to come home with the fame and I would love to see nothing more than you guys do that so let's go get some of those secrets y'all plan anything won't you Oh looks like somebody's got their lawn nice and neat how's it going buddy thanks for having us back thank you for coming I didn't really still mad they didn't get that who's mad families method Eve your family is gone when they coming back tomorrow they're coming back tomorrow we're going to miss some mom comes home tomorrow yeah dad I can tell she's coming home tomorrow yes how are you looking at the remember a little bit yes he's got it all mode good the inspectors coming buddy that's right you can eat the gardens no yeah yeah that's just great that's very totally back and get us caught that guy okay that's a passenger van so how many of them are you there are 12 of us okay my wife and I Kim David I feel like when we were here last that we didn't know where we get into okay and when I came here I knew that you were modeling salads so my story in my head was got that you're the poster child yourselves and finally and I was relieved to see that then when we got here I scratched the surface a little bit and found out what the story really was and it was that one that you were able to quit your job I started working with his family and to that you weren't having to seem like forcefully work with your family but it seemed like everybody was on board yeah so I'm gonna get deeper into that okay do you have like a tasks or a chore or something that needs to be done that maybe we could won't work and talk yeah we can't we've had some fencing to repair okay on the take and does that not take that doesn't take a lot of brain space no okay no so you can talk and work at the same time yes guy if you talk scared infamous probably what you would rather do anyway yeah okay so i mike jones are done kill two birds with one stone yeah let's make garden though we didn't even speak to that but that's part of it i'm sure right like being able to quit your job and be at the farm is being able to grow most your own food yes yeah yes a you know add to meet up yesterday somebody came up to me and said it's because of you we have lands and I'm going to saying that to brag on myself or whatever we were inspiring them but we're going to inspire people just so you know good somebody or somebodies is going to quit their job and start farming with their family because of you why that's great that's great okay so I can't think of anything better than that right like it gives me chills better I mean it's exciting to do it ourselves but you want to complete your joy by sharing that right absolutely okay good look at a smile look at this no yeah you know I want to know your secret how to get these behaviors this is it right next to pop come on kids come on guys let's go okay guys let's go in the pig fences where I get some some wire ripple we use ripples they're fantastic for mending fence yes pulling high sensor wire cool I'm a glutton involved wire we just use you tie pencil the herbal tool no okay we got these from Greg Beauty decide yeah the group wills yeah okay cool okay is that it so we need a little bit of wire some grifoll and some grifoll tool what are you doing man making it's making a penny hockey board for each project okay a hockey Boyle woodworking what I do and I'm not farming cool so far I'd a would record by night let's go let's go get that stick he's nice no shame in them so they're setting up this area for a pig paddock the pigs are in the barn they're going to bring them out here so they got to put up the fence how many strands of wire you're going to put up here just two two strands of wire it's going to be electrifying they're going to kill this up form or should we say plow the pigs ticket to Chile's pick the flowers they're going to plow this up and then plant pumpkins move the pigs on over and looks like they got a lot of work to do over there how did you market yourself so quickly we didn't because people are going to want to know where do I go how do I sell it right we started just doing a couple hundred chickens and selling to friends and family getting feedback from them okay so important to make sure the world progress with good quality well is not what they're really going to cost enough so I need to know what my cost are in before start selling some stuff we didn't start markets and our farmers market until year four we were really really worried about making sure we had enough product we didn't want to go to a farmers market and run out of product yeah there's nothing worse than that we started with drop off the homes and that went really well did you tell your friends and family know this now we now we did a home drop off to a to Lee's Summit Missouri okay how did you so first you call in friends and family you're just looking in your phone and you're just going down the list yep and then now you're going to have this home drop off roof how did you get this customer you know it just through other people telling people about us so friends and family started talking you know telling people about the products they've been getting it from us this is great we're just going to put this joke at work slide this on there it's going to grip that ni there and just pull it tight slide it back in Wow pull aside all right that's not basic marketing here folks selling the chickens and the product of friends and family I mean if you can't sell it to the friends and family you're going to have a hard time selling it anywhere going down the black book and the phone or wherever and then just rely on the word of mouth to get it going and of course there's always markets is there anything you wish you would have added to our time together the other day I mean was there anything after I left I wished I would have said that yeah lots of things no that's a lutely there's there's all kinds of things just seeing the comments like people just have to start somewhere yeah start growing it for yourselves and then for your relatives and your friends and then it's just going to go from there go slow where you are in rural Missouri but you are only an hour from Kansas City we're an hour until you it is worth it it is financially worth it for you to go to the market in Kansas City is that fair absolutely would it be worth it if you were two hours away yeah it was totally worth it we just um just to have it to have to drive a lot further alright let's straighten it up buddy tighten it up what was your life like before farming or go my goal was money toys and what well it was about me what I did with my life hunting fishing very selfish though very selfish life what happened was there a point where that changed you're both named for money and pleasure - something different yeah I mean I just made some mistakes in my life that I look back and man I've got I've got to change who I am and who I serve that's when I looked at farming something to do with my family found Selatan and just we went from there if you were going to quit your job and go into factory farming traditional conventional farming he would go into hops and you were going to do chickens you've got to do $100,000 and hundred thousand dollars of dad's $1.00 of ice okay so you go the fountain model and all of a sudden what was your startup cost 2000 estimate Oh started small so I guess it was $700 starting up far for six to seven hundred dollars are you kidding me and then that being mobile - so literally you could have done that on borrowed land we unplugged our brooder lamps and we we put our chicken tractors on a trailer and haul them over and that was it and you know deep freezers which we already personally had there's more work with the Salatin model you're going to move the animals everyday but you're also going to increase the productivity of your land and the other way tractors and big buildings and infrastructures permanent and very expensive oh we don't have a tractor we borrow a tractor from you to do some work you test anybody yep is it on working son right now how'd you go about to transition then did you save up money or did you keep working you're going to change that Joel Salatin would call it yeah you keep your golden chains while you did this part-time till you knew this was going to go or do you save up money we'll started again so this was so little to get started yeah I mean look except $600 and then as it grew we've never had to go get a loan for things we definitely borrowed friends families money because they were so excited I was doing let's go got it we can move those into a point where you can't do both you know okay you can't do both so you worked on the farm business until you're lying it's growing so much as you get more poultry pens I think it I need to get deck Wiener get thick because the demands there and now the demands there as well as I'm not going to be able to grow my business unless I'm working on my business look out for somebody else okay did you have a safe would you finally quit the gold chain no I think everybody reckon you're going to say yeah okay no so that's it better better for you guys okay now I have to have a savings we had put everything at that point we had put so much in the farm with walk-in freezers and chickens crates and infrastructure building guy redoing barns and such so we're here now we're not usable we had oh gosh the old bruiser that we use them without here there was some point before rats networking it looks like maybe maybe he didn't turn it off one time I hate losing trust me buddy what happened did you turn it on dear old dad huh have you done that before I have honey it is shocking they're all bad news and dad's been watching you watching you I can't believe I grabbed that without first next up we're going to see the Ducks move was your wife on board with this crazy plan all along yes she was okay that's handy well what would you say to somebody if maybe their spouse wasn't whether it's the man or the woman that's not on board yeah it's a tough question I would you know there's a husband-wife house being unity on this you know just the change of life your you know how you spend your money is so important because if this does as it grows you've got to continue to put a lot of money back into it to grow we've got to be on the same page the CII and see the vision for the family what did your parents and your friends and family think did they just think you were nuts I mean you're going to quit chick-fil-a you're going to quit the steady job to be a farmer oh yeah yes I know he doesn't matter if you show them Joel Collins video that's right let them read the book they still think you're crazy are you still crazy in their eyes for you later oh well one their heart loved it all say also love the figures they get there you just wait it out again thank your nuts after they get some of that food that's right all right whoa God wait a motorbike you what are they telling you they're ready to may want new muscles are saying yet they wanted me solve our dream is a salad bar Lily let's get them some salad bar okay wait a minute they're going to get out yes yeah I got another problem no normally I come out here moving by myself so they're used to getting out and you can they get out you wander in the fence I'm you defense and then we just walk them back in they don't go far though say will save our day okay I'm going to take your word for it see guys you think he's going to get them back in a new phone you think they're going to roll all data you can welcome Todd you can or doesn't form or whatever what are some steps people need to take if they want to do this themselves okay you know start small in your backyard right on your food for your family and then go see a go find another farmer in your area that will talk to you I have no problem sharing what we do how we do it yeah we're a market is where we sell there's enough you in the way I think I am come on enough there's enough demand out there for all of us to share so we're very open about what we do and how we've done it go talk to them find one that has some knowledge that you look why one that's doing a good job yeah and see what you can learn from them glean that information off of them and how they can help we've helped two or three farms around here start and their direct competition to me but again I love seeing fathers that are willing what have a desire to to stop leaving their families during the day and starting a farm step number one is to begin growing food because you may not even be doing that first of all you find out what you really like by group by growing different things and then you kind of find something that you think you want and then you can find another farmer I would say that he does that step number two absolutely may be in there you're reading books absolutely hopefully on that step number one you're reading like how to grow you know how to grow more vegetable in that book or fill thousands now that bar beef you know if you're thinking about cattles or something like that like some of this how-to stuff you're starting to grow something then you grow then you're go talk to somebody that is growing what you think you want to do yes now you want to do ya get you'll go in that information for your area how are they growing what's the grass is like cows and chickens were they getting the feet from we are strictly non-gmo we drive two and a half hours to get our feet every other week and then now go to your friends and family start selling to them it'll grow because the demand is there I would say that would be the third step is pretty much you're growing this stuff on the side and you're pretty much working yourself out of that first job you've gotten so busy with it because the demand is growing you've run out of the farmer how to market and things like that we can't come all up right here and it's pretty different space in your area where you are you near the TV are you away from the city what are the different demands and wants of that place those are three really good practices thank you so much David okay what's your name young man I'm Reese okay Reese how does your dad get you excited about going on the farm he doesn't okay well why are you excited to be on the farm just being out here with really God's creation and how cool it is and really when you first come out here you have a package so dad has pretty much just exposed you to this giving you access to this and you run with it now I also think that this is your operations site you make the money off of this yes okay you paid you paid add something for fee yes he helps he pass the food he's put together these infrastructure so go ahead no they bought the docks to see they've gone on to work short yep you can use our land [Laughter] and that's thing that you see nice this is some picked it up forget dragging it you gonna pick that up yeah I did earth Jam right there guys this is the duck feature they usually go to the mulberry tree they're still bull berries on it they're just about done but something they really like the mulberry see when you go open the tree while they're under it take the branch they all fall and go crazy with us they love them where the ducks will come to the mulberry tree and you'll find it up come on guys you go help them heard the duck see how they're going up behind them come on let's go up we get behind them Hey yeah they right there live and you can help [Laughter] [Laughter] okay so thanks I went back with my buddies I'm not back with my buddy [Music] and he found the toys I see you found I see you found your favorite part of America Carter what's going on over here don't be tearing them up now go boy get in I'm done good job good job okay David one more last question buddy yes before we go personally and for everybody here I've got kids I want them to be involved in the farm and the business now but also we may grow up mm-hmm and it seems like you've been able to do that with at least these two and probably some more of the rest what is the big secret well the world shows us something different we raise our children at home our children are around us as parents and as well as our community that we belong to we want them to be adults at a young age that doesn't mean they can't have fun they're out here playing playing basketball enjoying the toys but at a time they're going to have responsibilities there's a time we're going to introduce them to chores on the farm and slowly work with them they're going to want to work with mom and dad mmm now there's attention spans well it's smaller gradually drowsy work on that we're going to give them some responsibilities we're going to find something they like mm-hmm and give them that responsibility is something to joy it's gonna bring it's going to build that character we can build the responsibility discipline in their life and you know my young men at 13 is a young man because yeah he is mature he can go out and he can talk to people we go from children and and we want to be young men and a responsible dedicated to their life have an idea what they want to do they have they have gifts and we're going to encourage in that we're going to mold that and the character is so important their education we teach them to read we teach them math and we allow them to just blossom through that so we're using every minute that we can as parents to mold them into what God wants innovation thank you so much for having us again hopefully we've dug deep with this guy but please encourage you guys if you're in that spot where you just want to get home with the family sustainable farming is a valid opportunity it is and don't make it don't make it hard make it easy fall silence until you figure out and have success then you can convince your office yeah this is simple we're talking about starting part-time $600 investment you can do that yes you can just wrapped up my time with David what a blessing good news now good news his whole family had been in Florida on vacation they were planning on coming tomorrow afternoon so we're going to just miss them but they're going to push through and drive through tonight they'll be here by the time we used to wake up in the morning so we're going to get to see the family this amazing family all together we're definitely going to have to put that in tomorrow's vlog one more thing if you want the nitty gritty on how to quit your job and start farming I created a member video just for that for those you want to geek out really go down that path 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it's a beautiful sight poke this man has quit his corporate job to come home to the farm and work with his family in this video we're going to show you the three steps to do this yourself whoa fuck did this go by how he gets excited as a teenager working with that on the farm time for us to leave the White House on the hill we're scheduled to go to Rome Stokes well a farm that makes round sticks pasture raised pork jerky but we're going to go on a detour on the way over here we happen upon this amazing farm it wasn't in the plan it wasn't on the tour but it turned out absolutely incredible what we had found out about that farm is that they farmed just like Joel Salatin so that was the angle of my story he was going to be the poster child of Joel Salatin finally a poster child for Joel Salatin somebody who's going to do is exactly like he does because why ran Bennett if it works Joel's been doing it for 40 years why do anything different it's a model that works [Music] not long after being there I realized there's more to the story than just systems than just poultry then just pastured poultry pen and chickens following cow one here I totally quit his job to start farming and to you've gotten his entire family on board those boys did you see those boys that's like now I know power of it I think we really figured they're getting the guy look at two smiling burger who gets paid more yeah they were totally excited about farming and they were older boys and they were teenage boys aren't these supposed to be the terrible years yet here these boys were helping is dead we got more of a story to uncover that's for sure before we go we got to say goodbye to our friends White House on the hill everybody say yeah bye thank you guys you've been great hosts it was cool to spend a 4th of July with you thank you so much for coming you have a great we're good lucky YouTube channel thank you for being here thanks for your time we love you guys have you cared [Music] we have arrived we have thought of many more questions many questions unanswered I had a feeling we just scratched the surface with David now we're going to get a little bit deeper and help many many many people who are in the same spot where maybe they want to get out of their job and maybe one day they want to come home with the fame and I would love to see nothing more than you guys do that so let's go get some of those secrets y'all plan anything won't you Oh looks like somebody's got their lawn nice and neat how's it going buddy thanks for having us back thank you for coming I didn't really still mad they didn't get that who's mad families method Eve your family is gone when they coming back tomorrow they're coming back tomorrow we're going to miss some mom comes home tomorrow yeah dad I can tell she's coming home tomorrow yes how are you looking at the remember a little bit yes he's got it all mode good the inspectors coming buddy that's right you can eat the gardens no yeah yeah that's just great that's very totally back and get us caught that guy okay that's a passenger van so how many of them are you there are 12 of us okay my wife and I Kim David I feel like when we were here last that we didn't know where we get into okay and when I came here I knew that you were modeling salads so my story in my head was got that you're the poster child yourselves and finally and I was relieved to see that then when we got here I scratched the surface a little bit and found out what the story really was and it was that one that you were able to quit your job I started working with his family and to that you weren't having to seem like forcefully work with your family but it seemed like everybody was on board yeah so I'm gonna get deeper into that okay do you have like a tasks or a chore or something that needs to be done that maybe we could won't work and talk yeah we can't we've had some fencing to repair okay on the take and does that not take that doesn't take a lot of brain space no okay no so you can talk and work at the same time yes guy if you talk scared infamous probably what you would rather do anyway yeah okay so i mike jones are done kill two birds with one stone yeah let's make garden though we didn't even speak to that but that's part of it i'm sure right like being able to quit your job and be at the farm is being able to grow most your own food yes yeah yes a you know add to meet up yesterday somebody came up to me and said it's because of you we have lands and I'm going to saying that to brag on myself or whatever we were inspiring them but we're going to inspire people just so you know good somebody or somebodies is going to quit their job and start farming with their family because of you why that's great that's great okay so I can't think of anything better than that right like it gives me chills better I mean it's exciting to do it ourselves but you want to complete your joy by sharing that right absolutely okay good look at a smile look at this no yeah you know I want to know your secret how to get these behaviors this is it right next to pop come on kids come on guys let's go okay guys let's go in the pig fences where I get some some wire ripple we use ripples they're fantastic for mending fence yes pulling high sensor wire cool I'm a glutton involved wire we just use you tie pencil the herbal tool no okay we got these from Greg Beauty decide yeah the group wills yeah okay cool okay is that it so we need a little bit of wire some grifoll and some grifoll tool what are you doing man making it's making a penny hockey board for each project okay a hockey Boyle woodworking what I do and I'm not farming cool so far I'd a would record by night let's go let's go get that stick he's nice no shame in them so they're setting up this area for a pig paddock the pigs are in the barn they're going to bring them out here so they got to put up the fence how many strands of wire you're going to put up here just two two strands of wire it's going to be electrifying they're going to kill this up form or should we say plow the pigs ticket to Chile's pick the flowers they're going to plow this up and then plant pumpkins move the pigs on over and looks like they got a lot of work to do over there how did you market yourself so quickly we didn't because people are going to want to know where do I go how do I sell it right we started just doing a couple hundred chickens and selling to friends and family getting feedback from them okay so important to make sure the world progress with good quality well is not what they're really going to cost enough so I need to know what my cost are in before start selling some stuff we didn't start markets and our farmers market until year four we were really really worried about making sure we had enough product we didn't want to go to a farmers market and run out of product yeah there's nothing worse than that we started with drop off the homes and that went really well did you tell your friends and family know this now we now we did a home drop off to a to Lee's Summit Missouri okay how did you so first you call in friends and family you're just looking in your phone and you're just going down the list yep and then now you're going to have this home drop off roof how did you get this customer you know it just through other people telling people about us so friends and family started talking you know telling people about the products they've been getting it from us this is great we're just going to put this joke at work slide this on there it's going to grip that ni there and just pull it tight slide it back in Wow pull aside all right that's not basic marketing here folks selling the chickens and the product of friends and family I mean if you can't sell it to the friends and family you're going to have a hard time selling it anywhere going down the black book and the phone or wherever and then just rely on the word of mouth to get it going and of course there's always markets is there anything you wish you would have added to our time together the other day I mean was there anything after I left I wished I would have said that yeah lots of things no that's a lutely there's there's all kinds of things just seeing the comments like people just have to start somewhere yeah start growing it for yourselves and then for your relatives and your friends and then it's just going to go from there go slow where you are in rural Missouri but you are only an hour from Kansas City we're an hour until you it is worth it it is financially worth it for you to go to the market in Kansas City is that fair absolutely would it be worth it if you were two hours away yeah it was totally worth it we just um just to have it to have to drive a lot further alright let's straighten it up buddy tighten it up what was your life like before farming or go my goal was money toys and what well it was about me what I did with my life hunting fishing very selfish though very selfish life what happened was there a point where that changed you're both named for money and pleasure - something different yeah I mean I just made some mistakes in my life that I look back and man I've got I've got to change who I am and who I serve that's when I looked at farming something to do with my family found Selatan and just we went from there if you were going to quit your job and go into factory farming traditional conventional farming he would go into hops and you were going to do chickens you've got to do $100,000 and hundred thousand dollars of dad's $1.00 of ice okay so you go the fountain model and all of a sudden what was your startup cost 2000 estimate Oh started small so I guess it was $700 starting up far for six to seven hundred dollars are you kidding me and then that being mobile - so literally you could have done that on borrowed land we unplugged our brooder lamps and we we put our chicken tractors on a trailer and haul them over and that was it and you know deep freezers which we already personally had there's more work with the Salatin model you're going to move the animals everyday but you're also going to increase the productivity of your land and the other way tractors and big buildings and infrastructures permanent and very expensive oh we don't have a tractor we borrow a tractor from you to do some work you test anybody yep is it on working son right now how'd you go about to transition then did you save up money or did you keep working you're going to change that Joel Salatin would call it yeah you keep your golden chains while you did this part-time till you knew this was going to go or do you save up money we'll started again so this was so little to get started yeah I mean look except $600 and then as it grew we've never had to go get a loan for things we definitely borrowed friends families money because they were so excited I was doing let's go got it we can move those into a point where you can't do both you know okay you can't do both so you worked on the farm business until you're lying it's growing so much as you get more poultry pens I think it I need to get deck Wiener get thick because the demands there and now the demands there as well as I'm not going to be able to grow my business unless I'm working on my business look out for somebody else okay did you have a safe would you finally quit the gold chain no I think everybody reckon you're going to say yeah okay no so that's it better better for you guys okay now I have to have a savings we had put everything at that point we had put so much in the farm with walk-in freezers and chickens crates and infrastructure building guy redoing barns and such so we're here now we're not usable we had oh gosh the old bruiser that we use them without here there was some point before rats networking it looks like maybe maybe he didn't turn it off one time I hate losing trust me buddy what happened did you turn it on dear old dad huh have you done that before I have honey it is shocking they're all bad news and dad's been watching you watching you I can't believe I grabbed that without first next up we're going to see the Ducks move was your wife on board with this crazy plan all along yes she was okay that's handy well what would you say to somebody if maybe their spouse wasn't whether it's the man or the woman that's not on board yeah it's a tough question I would you know there's a husband-wife house being unity on this you know just the change of life your you know how you spend your money is so important because if this does as it grows you've got to continue to put a lot of money back into it to grow we've got to be on the same page the CII and see the vision for the family what did your parents and your friends and family think did they just think you were nuts I mean you're going to quit chick-fil-a you're going to quit the steady job to be a farmer oh yeah yes I know he doesn't matter if you show them Joel Collins video that's right let them read the book they still think you're crazy are you still crazy in their eyes for you later oh well one their heart loved it all say also love the figures they get there you just wait it out again thank your nuts after they get some of that food that's right all right whoa God wait a motorbike you what are they telling you they're ready to may want new muscles are saying yet they wanted me solve our dream is a salad bar Lily let's get them some salad bar okay wait a minute they're going to get out yes yeah I got another problem no normally I come out here moving by myself so they're used to getting out and you can they get out you wander in the fence I'm you defense and then we just walk them back in they don't go far though say will save our day okay I'm going to take your word for it see guys you think he's going to get them back in a new phone you think they're going to roll all data you can welcome Todd you can or doesn't form or whatever what are some steps people need to take if they want to do this themselves okay you know start small in your backyard right on your food for your family and then go see a go find another farmer in your area that will talk to you I have no problem sharing what we do how we do it yeah we're a market is where we sell there's enough you in the way I think I am come on enough there's enough demand out there for all of us to share so we're very open about what we do and how we've done it go talk to them find one that has some knowledge that you look why one that's doing a good job yeah and see what you can learn from them glean that information off of them and how they can help we've helped two or three farms around here start and their direct competition to me but again I love seeing fathers that are willing what have a desire to to stop leaving their families during the day and starting a farm step number one is to begin growing food because you may not even be doing that first of all you find out what you really like by group by growing different things and then you kind of find something that you think you want and then you can find another farmer I would say that he does that step number two absolutely may be in there you're reading books absolutely hopefully on that step number one you're reading like how to grow you know how to grow more vegetable in that book or fill thousands now that bar beef you know if you're thinking about cattles or something like that like some of this how-to stuff you're starting to grow something then you grow then you're go talk to somebody that is growing what you think you want to do yes now you want to do ya get you'll go in that information for your area how are they growing what's the grass is like cows and chickens were they getting the feet from we are strictly non-gmo we drive two and a half hours to get our feet every other week and then now go to your friends and family start selling to them it'll grow because the demand is there I would say that would be the third step is pretty much you're growing this stuff on the side and you're pretty much working yourself out of that first job you've gotten so busy with it because the demand is growing you've run out of the farmer how to market and things like that we can't come all up right here and it's pretty different space in your area where you are you near the TV are you away from the city what are the different demands and wants of that place those are three really good practices thank you so much David okay what's your name young man I'm Reese okay Reese how does your dad get you excited about going on the farm he doesn't okay well why are you excited to be on the farm just being out here with really God's creation and how cool it is and really when you first come out here you have a package so dad has pretty much just exposed you to this giving you access to this and you run with it now I also think that this is your operations site you make the money off of this yes okay you paid you paid add something for fee yes he helps he pass the food he's put together these infrastructure so go ahead no they bought the docks to see they've gone on to work short yep you can use our land [Laughter] and that's thing that you see nice this is some picked it up forget dragging it you gonna pick that up yeah I did earth Jam right there guys this is the duck feature they usually go to the mulberry tree they're still bull berries on it they're just about done but something they really like the mulberry see when you go open the tree while they're under it take the branch they all fall and go crazy with us they love them where the ducks will come to the mulberry tree and you'll find it up come on guys you go help them heard the duck see how they're going up behind them come on let's go up we get behind them Hey yeah they right there live and you can help [Laughter] [Laughter] okay so thanks I went back with my buddies I'm not back with my buddy [Music] and he found the toys I see you found I see you found your favorite part of America Carter what's going on over here don't be tearing them up now go boy get in I'm done good job good job okay David one more last question buddy yes before we go personally and for everybody here I've got kids I want them to be involved in the farm and the business now but also we may grow up mm-hmm and it seems like you've been able to do that with at least these two and probably some more of the rest what is the big secret well the world shows us something different we raise our children at home our children are around us as parents and as well as our community that we belong to we want them to be adults at a young age that doesn't mean they can't have fun they're out here playing playing basketball enjoying the toys but at a time they're going to have responsibilities there's a time we're going to introduce them to chores on the farm and slowly work with them they're going to want to work with mom and dad mmm now there's attention spans well it's smaller gradually drowsy work on that we're going to give them some responsibilities we're going to find something they like mm-hmm and give them that responsibility is something to joy it's gonna bring it's going to build that character we can build the responsibility discipline in their life and you know my young men at 13 is a young man because yeah he is mature he can go out and he can talk to people we go from children and and we want to be young men and a responsible dedicated to their life have an idea what they want to do they have they have gifts and we're going to encourage in that we're going to mold that and the character is so important their education we teach them to read we teach them math and we allow them to just blossom through that so we're using every minute that we can as parents to mold them into what God wants innovation thank you so much for having us again hopefully we've dug deep with this guy but please encourage you guys if you're in that spot where you just want to get home with the family sustainable farming is a valid opportunity it is and don't make it don't make it hard make it easy fall silence until you figure out and have success then you can convince your office yeah this is simple we're talking about starting part-time $600 investment you can do that yes you can just wrapped up my time with David what a blessing good news now good news his whole family had been in Florida on vacation they were planning on coming tomorrow afternoon so we're going to just miss them but they're going to push through and drive through tonight they'll be here by the time we used to wake up in the morning so we're going to get to see the family this amazing family all together we're definitely going to have to put that in tomorrow's vlog one more thing if you want the nitty gritty on how to quit your job and start farming I created a member video just for that for those you want to geek out really go down that path for you members make sure you check it out and for those of you who aren't members check out the info down in the description see you there [Applause] [Music] [Music]


 
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my name's Cali seaman I'm a hydroponics specialist studying for a PhD in fertilizer chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University hydroponics allows the control of a complete control over what is delivered to the plants you are in full control because you are actually mixing up a solution with a given concentration in there of whatever element you're looking at for example I'm looking at selenium I can mix up a particular type of saline with in that solution and deliver that to the plants selenium is an element that's required for human health though in very very small quantities and is not very well known about it stops diseases such as myopathy so I've been looking at feeding different levels of selenium to broccoli sprouts and monitoring the uptake of the selenium and the compounds that that selenium then produces some of those such as the Celino amino acids can be used to help treat cancer now this system as well also is a hydroponic system so the water that goes into a Kamui cycle background and what you've got is a sprayer at the top which sprays either a solution of nutrient that you're wanting on there or just water it sprays the solution directly onto the seeds they then germinate over a six day period we can then pull out and it's placed between two pieces of paper and I can then freeze-dry them to be able to image those or I can just actually drag them out and then grind them up and digest them and then analyze them there's a number of instruments you can use to manage my monitor what's in there we'd normally get the sample of the plant material we'd crush that open usually it's a liquid nitrogen and that will then instantly freeze it and then crush that up and then we put it into a microwave we add some acid and some hydrogen peroxide to that that then digests down we then filter that through and then we can inject that into the icp-ms that will allow us to be able to measure the particular elements within that solution and that gives you an idea of what's actually in that plant material that you've got there icp-ms just deals with elements so that deals with the iron you cop your potassium that deals with that though those kinds of things the malady will deal with compounds so you can look at they look for metabolites the searcher things like aspirin with in willow plants you could use that for mal DMS stands for matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and basically what that is is you apply what is known as a matrix so a solution contain a particular compound you apply that to your plant your actual plant material or any kind of material that you want into sorts of monitor you spray that on to it you then place that into an instrument which will then fire a laser that affaires lines of it overlays there backwards and forwards and there that laser then releases very small particles from the the actual surface of that and tissue which then enters the mass spectrometer which then can manage of those particular particles that you've got the actual mass of the actual compound and will produce a different spectra so depending on that mask depending on how long it will take for that particular particle to go down a particular tube which then allows you to assign what it is to it so Barr than just looking for one compound it will allow you to look from anything from the mass of 50 to 1,000 and even larger if you wanting depending on what you're looking for in turn we can then move on and process that data and turn that into an image because the actual malady itself doesn't produce the image you just produces data we then take that over to another piece of software which then turns that data into a beautiful image I'm now working on using the techniques that I've actually learnt over the last six years doing my PhD to actually develop new nutrients for the market for the hobby market and for the commercial market as well so if we could produce fertilizers deliver nutrients more efficiently that's what I'm aiming to do and hopefully use these techniques in the future to allow the morning the tracking of it and teach other people to do it as well [Music] you my name's Robert Horton and I'm the vertical farm technician here at Wigan University Technical College vertical farming is rather than continue to expand our farms outwards to expand them what woods so rather than build 10 acre greenhouse and have 10 acres physically taken off why not build an acre greenhouse and do 10 layers on top of it due to the increase in population which is gonna hit 9 billion by 2050 we're gonna rely heavily on future technologies and that's what a hydroponics plays a massive part this specific vertical farm can grow plants that you would normally grow on and ain't gonna have in the space of the room behind us first we sold them and then the place in the propagation room and after a few weeks they are placed on the hydroponic unit in the in the troughs and after that was they're fully grown they are harvested we grow a wide variety of things we focus mainly on herbs because that's what we use downstairs in the production kitchen however we have grown lettuce we've grown chillies we've grown peppers we grow a lot of Chinese herbs for a local Chinese restaurant so throughout the park joy a choice on mckylie we grow in a hydroponic conveyor belt it does one revolution every half hour we use that system to water the plants so that each plant gets a amount of water also we use it so they can share the Sun lighting at the same amounts of sunlight funds are grown in a synthetic soil and he's done this way so that you can monitor how much watts is going through it and how much water the plants absorb in growing rate it basically recycles the water they it uses so plants taking the amount of water that they need but then the remainder water which would normally be drained into the earth it's collected and pumps around the system back into plants again it's 90% less water than what you'd use in a natural field well I originally come from a farming family and we're very limited by the seasons so we have to sell everything in the spring and then harvest it throughout the year here we can be sowing all year round harvesting all year round if you're a farmer you can have a bad day you can have a good day it just depends and what the weather wants but you can control with a vertical farm and grow vertically we can grow on rooftops we can grow in the buildings such as this where traditionally you would need acres and acres of fields to do such a thing hydroponics is still evolving as to how we're using it in so Japan for example where's a lot of people in a small space they've started turning all the old technology factories were these to make floppy drives and CD drives which are now obsolete and they've started creating plant factories where they literally just grow nothing but one crop so say the growing within but lettuce on try if she's given them lots of fresh healthy vegetables since the growing population and especially in the current future I definitely think that the vertical farm hydroponics will definitely be used more more and more around the world food security is something that's becoming very important very quickly we're an expanding population in England there's more and more people and what building houses all the time which means this less farmland we all have to ship it in from abroad which means you through this week two weeks old by the time it gets dear or you can grow it here in a vertical farm we can harvest food here and be using it cooking it have it delivered in an hour [Music] you a remain Maryellen tailor sells her produce at weekend farmers markets near Washington DC the heads of lettuce still attached to their roots are popular and she has many regular customers like Betsey Kulik lettuce just tastes fabulous that we can come year-round even in January February and March her lettuce is very green and and tastes just as good then as it does in the summer Taylor grows the lettuce and other salad greens on her family farm in Loudoun County Virginia about 80 kilometres from Washington isn't this beautiful I mean it is so clean no stand or soil or pests down in there it is just like a perfectly formed green rose that's edible Taylor harvests four thousand of those in her two hydroponic greenhouses each week all year round that's why she named her farm endless summer harvest she has a dozen part-time employees and frequent visitors from around the world several weeks ago investor group from Botswana came to visit with us we have had farmers from Afghanistan here that we're visiting because this would be ideal controlled environment to bring to Afghanistan where the climate is so harsh the hydroponic crops here are protected from the harsh elements from planting to harvest what she is doing here is she is loaded this cedar with watercress seeds and is planting them in the rock wall after they germinate these little plants stay in the nursery for two weeks then they're moved to a greenhouse and placed into gutters where they'll grow to market size they are nourished sustainably using recycled water that tank has 600 gallons of water with the nutrients it continuously flows in and out of that tank after it has gone through the system and all of the plants roots Taylor says the two greenhouses take up a little over 1,000 square meters of land but produce the equivalent of a conventional five hectare farm we've established that it's so productive on small pieces of land so they can be closer to make major metropolitan areas so besides farmers markets Taylor can tell her fresh produce to specialty grocery stores it's incredibly popular we have a great following and local restaurants chef Anthony Lombardo uses the hydroponic lettuces in his signature salads they really like the salad a lot we've had a lot of positive feedback about the salad people are so into buying local food 90% of Americans eat lettuce every day we are a retail farm phenomena here in America Taylor says she enjoys being known as the lettuce lady and is planning to double her farm size this year for producer Jun so Amy Katz VOA news you 


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my name's Cali seaman I'm a hydroponics specialist studying for a PhD in fertilizer chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University hydroponics allows the control of a complete control over what is delivered to the plants you are in full control because you are actually mixing up a solution with a given concentration in there of whatever element you're looking at for example I'm looking at selenium I can mix up a particular type of saline with in that solution and deliver that to the plants selenium is an element that's required for human health though in very very small quantities and is not very well known about it stops diseases such as myopathy so I've been looking at feeding different levels of selenium to broccoli sprouts and monitoring the uptake of the selenium and the compounds that that selenium then produces some of those such as the Celino amino acids can be used to help treat cancer now this system as well also is a hydroponic system so the water that goes into a Kamui cycle background and what you've got is a sprayer at the top which sprays either a solution of nutrient that you're wanting on there or just water it sprays the solution directly onto the seeds they then germinate over a six day period we can then pull out and it's placed between two pieces of paper and I can then freeze-dry them to be able to image those or I can just actually drag them out and then grind them up and digest them and then analyze them there's a number of instruments you can use to manage my monitor what's in there we'd normally get the sample of the plant material we'd crush that open usually it's a liquid nitrogen and that will then instantly freeze it and then crush that up and then we put it into a microwave we add some acid and some hydrogen peroxide to that that then digests down we then filter that through and then we can inject that into the icp-ms that will allow us to be able to measure the particular elements within that solution and that gives you an idea of what's actually in that plant material that you've got there icp-ms just deals with elements so that deals with the iron you cop your potassium that deals with that though those kinds of things the malady will deal with compounds so you can look at they look for metabolites the searcher things like aspirin with in willow plants you could use that for mal DMS stands for matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and basically what that is is you apply what is known as a matrix so a solution contain a particular compound you apply that to your plant your actual plant material or any kind of material that you want into sorts of monitor you spray that on to it you then place that into an instrument which will then fire a laser that affaires lines of it overlays there backwards and forwards and there that laser then releases very small particles from the the actual surface of that and tissue which then enters the mass spectrometer which then can manage of those particular particles that you've got the actual mass of the actual compound and will produce a different spectra so depending on that mask depending on how long it will take for that particular particle to go down a particular tube which then allows you to assign what it is to it so Barr than just looking for one compound it will allow you to look from anything from the mass of 50 to 1,000 and even larger if you wanting depending on what you're looking for in turn we can then move on and process that data and turn that into an image because the actual malady itself doesn't produce the image you just produces data we then take that over to another piece of software which then turns that data into a beautiful image I'm now working on using the techniques that I've actually learnt over the last six years doing my PhD to actually develop new nutrients for the market for the hobby market and for the commercial market as well so if we could produce fertilizers deliver nutrients more efficiently that's what I'm aiming to do and hopefully use these techniques in the future to allow the morning the tracking of it and teach other people to do it as well [Music] you my name's Robert Horton and I'm the vertical farm technician here at Wigan University Technical College vertical farming is rather than continue to expand our farms outwards to expand them what woods so rather than build 10 acre greenhouse and have 10 acres physically taken off why not build an acre greenhouse and do 10 layers on top of it due to the increase in population which is gonna hit 9 billion by 2050 we're gonna rely heavily on future technologies and that's what a hydroponics plays a massive part this specific vertical farm can grow plants that you would normally grow on and ain't gonna have in the space of the room behind us first we sold them and then the place in the propagation room and after a few weeks they are placed on the hydroponic unit in the in the troughs and after that was they're fully grown they are harvested we grow a wide variety of things we focus mainly on herbs because that's what we use downstairs in the production kitchen however we have grown lettuce we've grown chillies we've grown peppers we grow a lot of Chinese herbs for a local Chinese restaurant so throughout the park joy a choice on mckylie we grow in a hydroponic conveyor belt it does one revolution every half hour we use that system to water the plants so that each plant gets a amount of water also we use it so they can share the Sun lighting at the same amounts of sunlight funds are grown in a synthetic soil and he's done this way so that you can monitor how much watts is going through it and how much water the plants absorb in growing rate it basically recycles the water they it uses so plants taking the amount of water that they need but then the remainder water which would normally be drained into the earth it's collected and pumps around the system back into plants again it's 90% less water than what you'd use in a natural field well I originally come from a farming family and we're very limited by the seasons so we have to sell everything in the spring and then harvest it throughout the year here we can be sowing all year round harvesting all year round if you're a farmer you can have a bad day you can have a good day it just depends and what the weather wants but you can control with a vertical farm and grow vertically we can grow on rooftops we can grow in the buildings such as this where traditionally you would need acres and acres of fields to do such a thing hydroponics is still evolving as to how we're using it in so Japan for example where's a lot of people in a small space they've started turning all the old technology factories were these to make floppy drives and CD drives which are now obsolete and they've started creating plant factories where they literally just grow nothing but one crop so say the growing within but lettuce on try if she's given them lots of fresh healthy vegetables since the growing population and especially in the current future I definitely think that the vertical farm hydroponics will definitely be used more more and more around the world food security is something that's becoming very important very quickly we're an expanding population in England there's more and more people and what building houses all the time which means this less farmland we all have to ship it in from abroad which means you through this week two weeks old by the time it gets dear or you can grow it here in a vertical farm we can harvest food here and be using it cooking it have it delivered in an hour [Music] you a remain Maryellen tailor sells her produce at weekend farmers markets near Washington DC the heads of lettuce still attached to their roots are popular and she has many regular customers like Betsey Kulik lettuce just tastes fabulous that we can come year-round even in January February and March her lettuce is very green and and tastes just as good then as it does in the summer Taylor grows the lettuce and other salad greens on her family farm in Loudoun County Virginia about 80 kilometres from Washington isn't this beautiful I mean it is so clean no stand or soil or pests down in there it is just like a perfectly formed green rose that's edible Taylor harvests four thousand of those in her two hydroponic greenhouses each week all year round that's why she named her farm endless summer harvest she has a dozen part-time employees and frequent visitors from around the world several weeks ago investor group from Botswana came to visit with us we have had farmers from Afghanistan here that we're visiting because this would be ideal controlled environment to bring to Afghanistan where the climate is so harsh the hydroponic crops here are protected from the harsh elements from planting to harvest what she is doing here is she is loaded this cedar with watercress seeds and is planting them in the rock wall after they germinate these little plants stay in the nursery for two weeks then they're moved to a greenhouse and placed into gutters where they'll grow to market size they are nourished sustainably using recycled water that tank has 600 gallons of water with the nutrients it continuously flows in and out of that tank after it has gone through the system and all of the plants roots Taylor says the two greenhouses take up a little over 1,000 square meters of land but produce the equivalent of a conventional five hectare farm we've established that it's so productive on small pieces of land so they can be closer to make major metropolitan areas so besides farmers markets Taylor can tell her fresh produce to specialty grocery stores it's incredibly popular we have a great following and local restaurants chef Anthony Lombardo uses the hydroponic lettuces in his signature salads they really like the salad a lot we've had a lot of positive feedback about the salad people are so into buying local food 90% of Americans eat lettuce every day we are a retail farm phenomena here in America Taylor says she enjoys being known as the lettuce lady and is planning to double her farm size this year for producer Jun so Amy Katz VOA news you 


 
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my name is Chris stone I'm an urban farmer I run an operation called green city acres in Kelowna BC Canada [Music] saw thousands of people all around the world how to grow food in their backyards and make a living at doing it [Music] my primary audience or people that I teach are people who are kind of sick of their jobs to go what they're doing and they want to do something that aligns with their values you know that those values usually growing food and living off the land in some way [Applause] [Music] [Applause] though a lot of people that I've taught have been even people like lawyers and professionals working professionals who are kind of just tired of the grind and want to do something a bit more holistic so the first thing that's really important if you want to start making the living with a small farm is first identify your market place figure out if there's actually people in your area that want to buy this kind of stuff and you know we're talking about specific crops that's really important we're generally growing high-value fast-growing high yield per square foot crops and if there isn't a market for those crops if nobody in your area knows about salad mixes or microgreens or baby root vegetables then it might not work in area but that's number one you can go and build a farm and plant crops till you're blue in the face but if nobody's gonna buy it then it's all for nothing so these were all planted on Wednesday and today is Sunday so I'm uncovering them now I put the weights on there to create a bit of resistance and that just gives makes them Germany more consistently right to the edge kind of mimics nature in a way if you think about it because you know seeds will often have not ideal conditions to germinate in and that makes a nice nice even germinated crop and then we'll harvest these by Thursday so it's an 8 day cycle from seed to harvest that crop is sunflower and that's one of our main microgreens we knew sunflower pea and radish are most common ones but then I have these other odds and ends ones here but this is an important part of how our farms profitable is we're focusing on high-value crops these are certainly the highest valued crop they're the shortest date to maturity high yield per square foot highest price per pound and I can grow them year-round so those are those are characteristics that make a profitable crop and I outline not in my book but you know our farm isn't growing pumpkins and potatoes and melons we're growing salad greens microgreens cherry tomatoes but it's mostly about the crops that we can grow year round that really bring in the revenue of our farm number one mistake is that well it's not just urban it's a farmer makes the number one mistake as they take on too much they try to do too many things they come in that they watched channels like yours and mine and they get all these ideas all I want to do this I want to do rainwater catchment I want to live off the grid I want to do it all and then they don't get anything done because they have too many goals and it's really best to just get one thing done dial it in make it good go to the next thing and so that goes for crops to farmers often grow too many crops and the problem with that is that if you grow too many crops you don't learn all the nuances of the crops because you're not paying close enough attention you got too much going on so you're running around putting out fires when you grow less you can learn more about what you're growing look at this I got some slugs growing in my with my son shoots so that's pea shoots same thing eight days to harvest and this is gonna be harvested tomorrow so when the guys come in tomorrow morning that'll be one of the first things they do and so we're harvesting the whole flat we get a little over a pound per flat and that sells for about $15 per pound so on each flat we're making at least 20 bucks so that's an eight-day crop $20 great thing about these two is that I can vertical eyes the space so as the Sun Goes Down lower in the sky close to the winter this greenhouse actually captures more light and I can grow more stuff with less energy because I don't need I don't need I don't use artificial light I do the odd time here and there but for the most part it's all just natural light so the second thing is finding out where you want to farm finding some land now you don't have to own land to farm most people think you do that's what I thought until I found that I could farm people's backyards that's exactly why I do what I do is sort of out of default it wasn't because I wanted to be an urban farmer I just didn't have any other alternatives so there's many different ways you can find land you can lease land you can rent land you can buy land if it's cheap you can buy land if you want to pay for it it's up to you but one thing that's really important to know is there's nothing wrong with leasing or renting land for a period of time because if you buy a land and then realize after a year you don't like farming it's not for you well now you're stuck with this land and now it's a liability to you a number of people that I've consulted for have bought land bought all the gear put up fifty thousand dollars of capital and then realized after two years that just wasn't for them or there was flaws in their marketplace that they should have identified earlier they didn't like the lifestyle there's a variety of different reasons but I've seen it happen time and time again that's why there's an advantage to actually not buying the land when you start because you can just get in grease the wheels if you like it build a farm somewhere else I've turned over twenty different plots of land and I set up multiple farms it's not that big of a deal to have to do it a couple times in fact it just makes you better because then the next time around you're gonna do it a lot better than you did the first time so there's actually an advantage to leasing and renting land the other part of that too is that sometimes the land to buy isn't in an ideal location and this is why I ended up in Kelowna is because cologne is a really good marketplace and so just like from step number one was identify a market place I wanted to be in that market place but as no way I could have afforded to buy land here so I just leased land to start was giving people vegetables in exchange for the use of their land so that's how I got into it sometimes the marketplace itself is more important than the land because you can change your land around later on but it's first establishing that market place so keep in mind you don't have to own land to start farming everything in my greenhouse is I used quick couplers because sometimes I want to use this really soft spray to water these crops so that it doesn't knock them over and then sometimes I want a heavier spray from some of my other microgreens and I'll show you both but I can switch these up really quickly and I love that because then then I don't have to sit there and unscrew it so for these ones I like to use this off spray salad over lettuce this is our probably our most valuable this is certainly our most valuable field crop we it's the base of our salad mix and we grow it around ten months of the year it's very valuable crop these are some more of the dainty type microgreens that we grow that's read and ran this is radish here this is cabbage that I'm watering right here all these go in a mix that we grow called the rainbow mix it's a micro green salad mix and then for these crops I switch my water nozzle and then these ones like the bit these ones take more water so I must have something that's not a good flow I'm just gonna turn something off for a second there's probably a stunning irrigation running yeah there you go nice big flow this dumps down a lot more water it's still a soft spray but it just dumps down a lot of water so it's faster to water and these crops are more robust so they can handle it you shouldn't market farm if you don't like getting dirty and working hard and if you don't like being in a community and you don't like talking to people you shouldn't be a market gardener one thing about being a market gardener or farmer is that you really have to fill a lot of different roles you've got to you got to be a people person and if you're not you can hire somebody to do that but you've got to be out there talking to people getting to know people in the community and and you also got to be a business manager you got to be out pulling weeds planting stuff then taking it to market delivering it to restaurants making customers doing the books I wear many different hats in this business I've learned and it's great because it really gives you experience doing all kinds of things if we're looking at five stages here is to set up your post harvest area so this is the area where you wash and dry things and you pack things you store things in walk-in coolers this is one of the things that is most overlooked so many farmers think just go Terra plant start planting crops and it'll sell itself that's far from the truth because what happens is if you don't have this post harvest stuff set up you're gonna bottleneck and you're gonna have so much stuff coming off the field and you don't have a place to wash it and pack it and store it that you're gonna let stuffs gonna spoil and if you've gone out and planted crops without having this in mind then all that's for nothing and you're losing because now you've done that work and then you're not selling that crop so the post harvest is very important walk-in coolers in particular are probably one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure on any commercial farm so the walk-in cooler allows you to store the product for longer which allows you to market for a multiple day as opposed to just packing everything for a farmers market and then hoping to sell it the next day but most importantly it allows you to get the field heat off so after you harvest vegetables out of the ground they're warm and if you don't cool them right away to slow down that process of decomposition they're gonna keep breaking down and you're gonna spoil this is our washing table so this is where we got a sprayer here so this is where I wash things all the water gets diverted into a pump and I pump it on my trees but so this these carrots were just harvested the other day actually the last time you were here and they were soaking in water and so this is how I wash carrots I put them in a tote like this watch out a little bit shake them around spray some water on here and this essentially gets the dirt off so there's this is you know DIY and we don't do that many carrots so this works for our context if I was doing hundreds of pounds of carrots a week I would have a proper carrot washer but for us this washing table works great for for this I do radish is the same way beets turnips I'll do it the same way and so it's shaking this around and spraying some water on here step number four and getting this all going is start preparing your land and I put that after the post harvest intentionally so that the post harvest is prepared first so that when you start doing this stuff you can you can kind of chip away at that stuff too but starting to prepare your land so there's many different contexts here you could be really rural and have a slope with lots of rocks or you could be in a prairie with tons of quack grass or you could be in a backyard grinding up yard like lawns so there's many different approach it basically what is involved usually is going in and go grinding up the raw land so going into the cultivator or a roto tiller to bring up the soil and start working it from there with lawns my favorite thing to do is tarp it for six months if I if I know that I'm looking at a new site and I'm on prepare it for next season that's the most ideal if you can have at least six months to prepare it you can let time do the work and you can lay down silage tarps on that lawn let it kill off the grass and all the weeds so once you pull the tarp off then you can start cultivating but ideally letting that tarp sit there for six months even a year if you've got the time it's gonna make it so much easier to go in and do the prep work afterwards once you pull the tarp off and do that initial cultivation then you're gonna start forming out your beds so everything we do in our Market Garden is a 30 inch bed this is very standard for market gardens myself Sean Maher 1040a Ben Hartman we all do the 30 inch bed that's become a standard and small farming so now you can start forming out your beds and there's I could keep going on but I think that's that you basically get the gist of how you get started there this is called the tiller and it's essentially a roto tiller but it only it's only telling the top inch of soil this is the Jiang cedar this is my number one seating tool it has different densities you can plant at it's very accurate all of this like this was planted with the Jiang cedar that's arugula crops meaning that I'm just planting right in the soil and they're growing from there opposed to being transplants so the last thing that's gonna happen on your farm is gonna start planting you got all your beds prepped you got your structure in place now you're gonna start planting you're gonna be planting stuff in the nursery at the beginning of the season getting things ready to go for transplants to go in the field and then once the spring comes along you start direct seeding in the field and there's a lot of nuances to planting there's a lot of different ways to do it but what's really important about planting is understanding succession is that on a farm in order to have production consistently throughout the season you have to keep planting you can't just plant a bunch of stuff in May and then be harvesting all summer it doesn't work that way you got to continuously plant so there's a lot of nuances to how far to spread your plantings apart and at what times of the year the biggest challenge for us in North America and this is the same for people in the southern hemisphere is that our day lengths change radically from the winter solstice to the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days are getting exponentially longer and that they get exponentially longer quicker after we pass this the spring equinox from the spring equinox to the summer solstice the day's get radically long we're in the summer here we're at 18 and a half hours of daylight at the summer solstice but at the winter solstice we're at eight hours of daylight or seven and a half so it's radically different and so the challenge for for a market grower is to learn the nuances of their bioregion so I can't teach you this exactly I can teach you what it is in Kelowna but you're gonna have to apply that information to yourself and one quick tip I have to do that is record everything you do in your first year of spreadsheets record when a crop goes in the ground and when you harvested it because you can plant spinach at the first week of March and it might take 65 days to harvest but if you plant it in June it might be ready in 30 days so it's different and it's constantly changing and these are the nuances that we have to learn as farmers and we can really only learn them from just doing it ourselves so this whole greenhouse is actually or most of it is one succession this is all planted at once to beds of radishes planted at once to beds of arugula planted at once to beds of spinach planted at once so that's a that was like a weekly block of planting so on another plot I've got the exact same thing that's a week prior and a week after so the thing that's really neat about the seasons changing is that at the beginning of the season in the springtime I'm actually doing wider successions on planting things in wider intervals like two or three week intervals but then as I get into the summer I need to start planting things in weekly intervals and here's the root the thing that's kind of weird is that is you go into the fall you actually start to tighten it up even more you might actually start planting every four days the reason for that is that in the fall the days are now getting exponentially longer so if I plant a crop on Monday and then I plant a crop on Thursday say this is in the last week of September they actually might end up being two weeks apart because that crop that was planted four days after is at starting at a different point where it's gonna have a lot long shorter days and cooler nights whereas in the springtime you things are gonna grow slower but they're gonna catch up to one another so in the springtime if you say it's the first week of April if I plant a crop of radishes one week and then a crop radishes the next week same Monday and Monday they both end up being ready at the same time that's where it gets kind of nuanced but you learn all these things just through experience the thing I love about doing this is that each day I go to bed feeling like I feel connected I feel connected the land I feel connected to my community one of the greatest things about being an urban farmer in particular is that I'll be at my front yard doing stuff and people walk by and they go this is a great idea I love what you're doing why are we growing lawns it makes people think about stuff and I don't even have to engage them or evangelize them in any ways this is why you should eat organic food this is why you should grow your own food or any of that people walk by and they see the production and it makes sense them and I love at the end of the day knowing that I'm working in the soil growing food good healthy food that people are eating and it really gives me an amazing life purpose sure I could do other things sure I could have gone to university and been a doctor or a lawyer or whatever but this kind of thing it really comes back to community connection and having an intrinsic value in a new community knowing that I'm needed as a food producer people need me people rely on me [Music] [Applause] Curtis is just important to some files he shot some videos of this today isn't that cool like he has the Steadicam gimbal you know the walk along smooth shots he did the drone footage he's a fellow youtuber it is so fun filming fellow youtubers especially when they contribute two of the three cameras so if you enjoyed that do please check out Curtis at his YouTube channel I'll leave the link for that there and down in the description also you gotta want to check out his website where you can get cool resources like the urban farmer the book and the course and stuff like that on his website I'll leave the link down below


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my name is Chris stone I'm an urban farmer I run an operation called green city acres in Kelowna BC Canada [Music] saw thousands of people all around the world how to grow food in their backyards and make a living at doing it [Music] my primary audience or people that I teach are people who are kind of sick of their jobs to go what they're doing and they want to do something that aligns with their values you know that those values usually growing food and living off the land in some way [Applause] [Music] [Applause] though a lot of people that I've taught have been even people like lawyers and professionals working professionals who are kind of just tired of the grind and want to do something a bit more holistic so the first thing that's really important if you want to start making the living with a small farm is first identify your market place figure out if there's actually people in your area that want to buy this kind of stuff and you know we're talking about specific crops that's really important we're generally growing high-value fast-growing high yield per square foot crops and if there isn't a market for those crops if nobody in your area knows about salad mixes or microgreens or baby root vegetables then it might not work in area but that's number one you can go and build a farm and plant crops till you're blue in the face but if nobody's gonna buy it then it's all for nothing so these were all planted on Wednesday and today is Sunday so I'm uncovering them now I put the weights on there to create a bit of resistance and that just gives makes them Germany more consistently right to the edge kind of mimics nature in a way if you think about it because you know seeds will often have not ideal conditions to germinate in and that makes a nice nice even germinated crop and then we'll harvest these by Thursday so it's an 8 day cycle from seed to harvest that crop is sunflower and that's one of our main microgreens we knew sunflower pea and radish are most common ones but then I have these other odds and ends ones here but this is an important part of how our farms profitable is we're focusing on high-value crops these are certainly the highest valued crop they're the shortest date to maturity high yield per square foot highest price per pound and I can grow them year-round so those are those are characteristics that make a profitable crop and I outline not in my book but you know our farm isn't growing pumpkins and potatoes and melons we're growing salad greens microgreens cherry tomatoes but it's mostly about the crops that we can grow year round that really bring in the revenue of our farm number one mistake is that well it's not just urban it's a farmer makes the number one mistake as they take on too much they try to do too many things they come in that they watched channels like yours and mine and they get all these ideas all I want to do this I want to do rainwater catchment I want to live off the grid I want to do it all and then they don't get anything done because they have too many goals and it's really best to just get one thing done dial it in make it good go to the next thing and so that goes for crops to farmers often grow too many crops and the problem with that is that if you grow too many crops you don't learn all the nuances of the crops because you're not paying close enough attention you got too much going on so you're running around putting out fires when you grow less you can learn more about what you're growing look at this I got some slugs growing in my with my son shoots so that's pea shoots same thing eight days to harvest and this is gonna be harvested tomorrow so when the guys come in tomorrow morning that'll be one of the first things they do and so we're harvesting the whole flat we get a little over a pound per flat and that sells for about $15 per pound so on each flat we're making at least 20 bucks so that's an eight-day crop $20 great thing about these two is that I can vertical eyes the space so as the Sun Goes Down lower in the sky close to the winter this greenhouse actually captures more light and I can grow more stuff with less energy because I don't need I don't need I don't use artificial light I do the odd time here and there but for the most part it's all just natural light so the second thing is finding out where you want to farm finding some land now you don't have to own land to farm most people think you do that's what I thought until I found that I could farm people's backyards that's exactly why I do what I do is sort of out of default it wasn't because I wanted to be an urban farmer I just didn't have any other alternatives so there's many different ways you can find land you can lease land you can rent land you can buy land if it's cheap you can buy land if you want to pay for it it's up to you but one thing that's really important to know is there's nothing wrong with leasing or renting land for a period of time because if you buy a land and then realize after a year you don't like farming it's not for you well now you're stuck with this land and now it's a liability to you a number of people that I've consulted for have bought land bought all the gear put up fifty thousand dollars of capital and then realized after two years that just wasn't for them or there was flaws in their marketplace that they should have identified earlier they didn't like the lifestyle there's a variety of different reasons but I've seen it happen time and time again that's why there's an advantage to actually not buying the land when you start because you can just get in grease the wheels if you like it build a farm somewhere else I've turned over twenty different plots of land and I set up multiple farms it's not that big of a deal to have to do it a couple times in fact it just makes you better because then the next time around you're gonna do it a lot better than you did the first time so there's actually an advantage to leasing and renting land the other part of that too is that sometimes the land to buy isn't in an ideal location and this is why I ended up in Kelowna is because cologne is a really good marketplace and so just like from step number one was identify a market place I wanted to be in that market place but as no way I could have afforded to buy land here so I just leased land to start was giving people vegetables in exchange for the use of their land so that's how I got into it sometimes the marketplace itself is more important than the land because you can change your land around later on but it's first establishing that market place so keep in mind you don't have to own land to start farming everything in my greenhouse is I used quick couplers because sometimes I want to use this really soft spray to water these crops so that it doesn't knock them over and then sometimes I want a heavier spray from some of my other microgreens and I'll show you both but I can switch these up really quickly and I love that because then then I don't have to sit there and unscrew it so for these ones I like to use this off spray salad over lettuce this is our probably our most valuable this is certainly our most valuable field crop we it's the base of our salad mix and we grow it around ten months of the year it's very valuable crop these are some more of the dainty type microgreens that we grow that's read and ran this is radish here this is cabbage that I'm watering right here all these go in a mix that we grow called the rainbow mix it's a micro green salad mix and then for these crops I switch my water nozzle and then these ones like the bit these ones take more water so I must have something that's not a good flow I'm just gonna turn something off for a second there's probably a stunning irrigation running yeah there you go nice big flow this dumps down a lot more water it's still a soft spray but it just dumps down a lot of water so it's faster to water and these crops are more robust so they can handle it you shouldn't market farm if you don't like getting dirty and working hard and if you don't like being in a community and you don't like talking to people you shouldn't be a market gardener one thing about being a market gardener or farmer is that you really have to fill a lot of different roles you've got to you got to be a people person and if you're not you can hire somebody to do that but you've got to be out there talking to people getting to know people in the community and and you also got to be a business manager you got to be out pulling weeds planting stuff then taking it to market delivering it to restaurants making customers doing the books I wear many different hats in this business I've learned and it's great because it really gives you experience doing all kinds of things if we're looking at five stages here is to set up your post harvest area so this is the area where you wash and dry things and you pack things you store things in walk-in coolers this is one of the things that is most overlooked so many farmers think just go Terra plant start planting crops and it'll sell itself that's far from the truth because what happens is if you don't have this post harvest stuff set up you're gonna bottleneck and you're gonna have so much stuff coming off the field and you don't have a place to wash it and pack it and store it that you're gonna let stuffs gonna spoil and if you've gone out and planted crops without having this in mind then all that's for nothing and you're losing because now you've done that work and then you're not selling that crop so the post harvest is very important walk-in coolers in particular are probably one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure on any commercial farm so the walk-in cooler allows you to store the product for longer which allows you to market for a multiple day as opposed to just packing everything for a farmers market and then hoping to sell it the next day but most importantly it allows you to get the field heat off so after you harvest vegetables out of the ground they're warm and if you don't cool them right away to slow down that process of decomposition they're gonna keep breaking down and you're gonna spoil this is our washing table so this is where we got a sprayer here so this is where I wash things all the water gets diverted into a pump and I pump it on my trees but so this these carrots were just harvested the other day actually the last time you were here and they were soaking in water and so this is how I wash carrots I put them in a tote like this watch out a little bit shake them around spray some water on here and this essentially gets the dirt off so there's this is you know DIY and we don't do that many carrots so this works for our context if I was doing hundreds of pounds of carrots a week I would have a proper carrot washer but for us this washing table works great for for this I do radish is the same way beets turnips I'll do it the same way and so it's shaking this around and spraying some water on here step number four and getting this all going is start preparing your land and I put that after the post harvest intentionally so that the post harvest is prepared first so that when you start doing this stuff you can you can kind of chip away at that stuff too but starting to prepare your land so there's many different contexts here you could be really rural and have a slope with lots of rocks or you could be in a prairie with tons of quack grass or you could be in a backyard grinding up yard like lawns so there's many different approach it basically what is involved usually is going in and go grinding up the raw land so going into the cultivator or a roto tiller to bring up the soil and start working it from there with lawns my favorite thing to do is tarp it for six months if I if I know that I'm looking at a new site and I'm on prepare it for next season that's the most ideal if you can have at least six months to prepare it you can let time do the work and you can lay down silage tarps on that lawn let it kill off the grass and all the weeds so once you pull the tarp off then you can start cultivating but ideally letting that tarp sit there for six months even a year if you've got the time it's gonna make it so much easier to go in and do the prep work afterwards once you pull the tarp off and do that initial cultivation then you're gonna start forming out your beds so everything we do in our Market Garden is a 30 inch bed this is very standard for market gardens myself Sean Maher 1040a Ben Hartman we all do the 30 inch bed that's become a standard and small farming so now you can start forming out your beds and there's I could keep going on but I think that's that you basically get the gist of how you get started there this is called the tiller and it's essentially a roto tiller but it only it's only telling the top inch of soil this is the Jiang cedar this is my number one seating tool it has different densities you can plant at it's very accurate all of this like this was planted with the Jiang cedar that's arugula crops meaning that I'm just planting right in the soil and they're growing from there opposed to being transplants so the last thing that's gonna happen on your farm is gonna start planting you got all your beds prepped you got your structure in place now you're gonna start planting you're gonna be planting stuff in the nursery at the beginning of the season getting things ready to go for transplants to go in the field and then once the spring comes along you start direct seeding in the field and there's a lot of nuances to planting there's a lot of different ways to do it but what's really important about planting is understanding succession is that on a farm in order to have production consistently throughout the season you have to keep planting you can't just plant a bunch of stuff in May and then be harvesting all summer it doesn't work that way you got to continuously plant so there's a lot of nuances to how far to spread your plantings apart and at what times of the year the biggest challenge for us in North America and this is the same for people in the southern hemisphere is that our day lengths change radically from the winter solstice to the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days are getting exponentially longer and that they get exponentially longer quicker after we pass this the spring equinox from the spring equinox to the summer solstice the day's get radically long we're in the summer here we're at 18 and a half hours of daylight at the summer solstice but at the winter solstice we're at eight hours of daylight or seven and a half so it's radically different and so the challenge for for a market grower is to learn the nuances of their bioregion so I can't teach you this exactly I can teach you what it is in Kelowna but you're gonna have to apply that information to yourself and one quick tip I have to do that is record everything you do in your first year of spreadsheets record when a crop goes in the ground and when you harvested it because you can plant spinach at the first week of March and it might take 65 days to harvest but if you plant it in June it might be ready in 30 days so it's different and it's constantly changing and these are the nuances that we have to learn as farmers and we can really only learn them from just doing it ourselves so this whole greenhouse is actually or most of it is one succession this is all planted at once to beds of radishes planted at once to beds of arugula planted at once to beds of spinach planted at once so that's a that was like a weekly block of planting so on another plot I've got the exact same thing that's a week prior and a week after so the thing that's really neat about the seasons changing is that at the beginning of the season in the springtime I'm actually doing wider successions on planting things in wider intervals like two or three week intervals but then as I get into the summer I need to start planting things in weekly intervals and here's the root the thing that's kind of weird is that is you go into the fall you actually start to tighten it up even more you might actually start planting every four days the reason for that is that in the fall the days are now getting exponentially longer so if I plant a crop on Monday and then I plant a crop on Thursday say this is in the last week of September they actually might end up being two weeks apart because that crop that was planted four days after is at starting at a different point where it's gonna have a lot long shorter days and cooler nights whereas in the springtime you things are gonna grow slower but they're gonna catch up to one another so in the springtime if you say it's the first week of April if I plant a crop of radishes one week and then a crop radishes the next week same Monday and Monday they both end up being ready at the same time that's where it gets kind of nuanced but you learn all these things just through experience the thing I love about doing this is that each day I go to bed feeling like I feel connected I feel connected the land I feel connected to my community one of the greatest things about being an urban farmer in particular is that I'll be at my front yard doing stuff and people walk by and they go this is a great idea I love what you're doing why are we growing lawns it makes people think about stuff and I don't even have to engage them or evangelize them in any ways this is why you should eat organic food this is why you should grow your own food or any of that people walk by and they see the production and it makes sense them and I love at the end of the day knowing that I'm working in the soil growing food good healthy food that people are eating and it really gives me an amazing life purpose sure I could do other things sure I could have gone to university and been a doctor or a lawyer or whatever but this kind of thing it really comes back to community connection and having an intrinsic value in a new community knowing that I'm needed as a food producer people need me people rely on me [Music] [Applause] Curtis is just important to some files he shot some videos of this today isn't that cool like he has the Steadicam gimbal you know the walk along smooth shots he did the drone footage he's a fellow youtuber it is so fun filming fellow youtubers especially when they contribute two of the three cameras so if you enjoyed that do please check out Curtis at his YouTube channel I'll leave the link for that there and down in the description also you gotta want to check out his website where you can get cool resources like the urban farmer the book and the course and stuff like that on his website I'll leave the link down below


 
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How To QUIT Your JOB & Start A Farm - For $600

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it's a beautiful sight poke this man has quit his corporate job to come home to the farm and work with his family in this video we're going to show you the three steps to do this yourself whoa fuck did this go by how he gets excited as a teenager working with that on the farm time for us to leave the White House on the hill we're scheduled to go to Rome Stokes well a farm that makes round sticks pasture raised pork jerky but we're going to go on a detour on the way over here we happen upon this amazing farm it wasn't in the plan it wasn't on the tour but it turned out absolutely incredible what we had found out about that farm is that they farmed just like Joel Salatin so that was the angle of my story he was going to be the poster child of Joel Salatin finally a poster child for Joel Salatin somebody who's going to do is exactly like he does because why ran Bennett if it works Joel's been doing it for 40 years why do anything different it's a model that works [Music] not long after being there I realized there's more to the story than just systems than just poultry then just pastured poultry pen and chickens following cow one here I totally quit his job to start farming and to you've gotten his entire family on board those boys did you see those boys that's like now I know power of it I think we really figured they're getting the guy look at two smiling burger who gets paid more yeah they were totally excited about farming and they were older boys and they were teenage boys aren't these supposed to be the terrible years yet here these boys were helping is dead we got more of a story to uncover that's for sure before we go we got to say goodbye to our friends White House on the hill everybody say yeah bye thank you guys you've been great hosts it was cool to spend a 4th of July with you thank you so much for coming you have a great we're good lucky YouTube channel thank you for being here thanks for your time we love you guys have you cared [Music] we have arrived we have thought of many more questions many questions unanswered I had a feeling we just scratched the surface with David now we're going to get a little bit deeper and help many many many people who are in the same spot where maybe they want to get out of their job and maybe one day they want to come home with the fame and I would love to see nothing more than you guys do that so let's go get some of those secrets y'all plan anything won't you Oh looks like somebody's got their lawn nice and neat how's it going buddy thanks for having us back thank you for coming I didn't really still mad they didn't get that who's mad families method Eve your family is gone when they coming back tomorrow they're coming back tomorrow we're going to miss some mom comes home tomorrow yeah dad I can tell she's coming home tomorrow yes how are you looking at the remember a little bit yes he's got it all mode good the inspectors coming buddy that's right you can eat the gardens no yeah yeah that's just great that's very totally back and get us caught that guy okay that's a passenger van so how many of them are you there are 12 of us okay my wife and I Kim David I feel like when we were here last that we didn't know where we get into okay and when I came here I knew that you were modeling salads so my story in my head was got that you're the poster child yourselves and finally and I was relieved to see that then when we got here I scratched the surface a little bit and found out what the story really was and it was that one that you were able to quit your job I started working with his family and to that you weren't having to seem like forcefully work with your family but it seemed like everybody was on board yeah so I'm gonna get deeper into that okay do you have like a tasks or a chore or something that needs to be done that maybe we could won't work and talk yeah we can't we've had some fencing to repair okay on the take and does that not take that doesn't take a lot of brain space no okay no so you can talk and work at the same time yes guy if you talk scared infamous probably what you would rather do anyway yeah okay so i mike jones are done kill two birds with one stone yeah let's make garden though we didn't even speak to that but that's part of it i'm sure right like being able to quit your job and be at the farm is being able to grow most your own food yes yeah yes a you know add to meet up yesterday somebody came up to me and said it's because of you we have lands and I'm going to saying that to brag on myself or whatever we were inspiring them but we're going to inspire people just so you know good somebody or somebodies is going to quit their job and start farming with their family because of you why that's great that's great okay so I can't think of anything better than that right like it gives me chills better I mean it's exciting to do it ourselves but you want to complete your joy by sharing that right absolutely okay good look at a smile look at this no yeah you know I want to know your secret how to get these behaviors this is it right next to pop come on kids come on guys let's go okay guys let's go in the pig fences where I get some some wire ripple we use ripples they're fantastic for mending fence yes pulling high sensor wire cool I'm a glutton involved wire we just use you tie pencil the herbal tool no okay we got these from Greg Beauty decide yeah the group wills yeah okay cool okay is that it so we need a little bit of wire some grifoll and some grifoll tool what are you doing man making it's making a penny hockey board for each project okay a hockey Boyle woodworking what I do and I'm not farming cool so far I'd a would record by night let's go let's go get that stick he's nice no shame in them so they're setting up this area for a pig paddock the pigs are in the barn they're going to bring them out here so they got to put up the fence how many strands of wire you're going to put up here just two two strands of wire it's going to be electrifying they're going to kill this up form or should we say plow the pigs ticket to Chile's pick the flowers they're going to plow this up and then plant pumpkins move the pigs on over and looks like they got a lot of work to do over there how did you market yourself so quickly we didn't because people are going to want to know where do I go how do I sell it right we started just doing a couple hundred chickens and selling to friends and family getting feedback from them okay so important to make sure the world progress with good quality well is not what they're really going to cost enough so I need to know what my cost are in before start selling some stuff we didn't start markets and our farmers market until year four we were really really worried about making sure we had enough product we didn't want to go to a farmers market and run out of product yeah there's nothing worse than that we started with drop off the homes and that went really well did you tell your friends and family know this now we now we did a home drop off to a to Lee's Summit Missouri okay how did you so first you call in friends and family you're just looking in your phone and you're just going down the list yep and then now you're going to have this home drop off roof how did you get this customer you know it just through other people telling people about us so friends and family started talking you know telling people about the products they've been getting it from us this is great we're just going to put this joke at work slide this on there it's going to grip that ni there and just pull it tight slide it back in Wow pull aside all right that's not basic marketing here folks selling the chickens and the product of friends and family I mean if you can't sell it to the friends and family you're going to have a hard time selling it anywhere going down the black book and the phone or wherever and then just rely on the word of mouth to get it going and of course there's always markets is there anything you wish you would have added to our time together the other day I mean was there anything after I left I wished I would have said that yeah lots of things no that's a lutely there's there's all kinds of things just seeing the comments like people just have to start somewhere yeah start growing it for yourselves and then for your relatives and your friends and then it's just going to go from there go slow where you are in rural Missouri but you are only an hour from Kansas City we're an hour until you it is worth it it is financially worth it for you to go to the market in Kansas City is that fair absolutely would it be worth it if you were two hours away yeah it was totally worth it we just um just to have it to have to drive a lot further alright let's straighten it up buddy tighten it up what was your life like before farming or go my goal was money toys and what well it was about me what I did with my life hunting fishing very selfish though very selfish life what happened was there a point where that changed you're both named for money and pleasure - something different yeah I mean I just made some mistakes in my life that I look back and man I've got I've got to change who I am and who I serve that's when I looked at farming something to do with my family found Selatan and just we went from there if you were going to quit your job and go into factory farming traditional conventional farming he would go into hops and you were going to do chickens you've got to do $100,000 and hundred thousand dollars of dad's $1.00 of ice okay so you go the fountain model and all of a sudden what was your startup cost 2000 estimate Oh started small so I guess it was $700 starting up far for six to seven hundred dollars are you kidding me and then that being mobile - so literally you could have done that on borrowed land we unplugged our brooder lamps and we we put our chicken tractors on a trailer and haul them over and that was it and you know deep freezers which we already personally had there's more work with the Salatin model you're going to move the animals everyday but you're also going to increase the productivity of your land and the other way tractors and big buildings and infrastructures permanent and very expensive oh we don't have a tractor we borrow a tractor from you to do some work you test anybody yep is it on working son right now how'd you go about to transition then did you save up money or did you keep working you're going to change that Joel Salatin would call it yeah you keep your golden chains while you did this part-time till you knew this was going to go or do you save up money we'll started again so this was so little to get started yeah I mean look except $600 and then as it grew we've never had to go get a loan for things we definitely borrowed friends families money because they were so excited I was doing let's go got it we can move those into a point where you can't do both you know okay you can't do both so you worked on the farm business until you're lying it's growing so much as you get more poultry pens I think it I need to get deck Wiener get thick because the demands there and now the demands there as well as I'm not going to be able to grow my business unless I'm working on my business look out for somebody else okay did you have a safe would you finally quit the gold chain no I think everybody reckon you're going to say yeah okay no so that's it better better for you guys okay now I have to have a savings we had put everything at that point we had put so much in the farm with walk-in freezers and chickens crates and infrastructure building guy redoing barns and such so we're here now we're not usable we had oh gosh the old bruiser that we use them without here there was some point before rats networking it looks like maybe maybe he didn't turn it off one time I hate losing trust me buddy what happened did you turn it on dear old dad huh have you done that before I have honey it is shocking they're all bad news and dad's been watching you watching you I can't believe I grabbed that without first next up we're going to see the Ducks move was your wife on board with this crazy plan all along yes she was okay that's handy well what would you say to somebody if maybe their spouse wasn't whether it's the man or the woman that's not on board yeah it's a tough question I would you know there's a husband-wife house being unity on this you know just the change of life your you know how you spend your money is so important because if this does as it grows you've got to continue to put a lot of money back into it to grow we've got to be on the same page the CII and see the vision for the family what did your parents and your friends and family think did they just think you were nuts I mean you're going to quit chick-fil-a you're going to quit the steady job to be a farmer oh yeah yes I know he doesn't matter if you show them Joel Collins video that's right let them read the book they still think you're crazy are you still crazy in their eyes for you later oh well one their heart loved it all say also love the figures they get there you just wait it out again thank your nuts after they get some of that food that's right all right whoa God wait a motorbike you what are they telling you they're ready to may want new muscles are saying yet they wanted me solve our dream is a salad bar Lily let's get them some salad bar okay wait a minute they're going to get out yes yeah I got another problem no normally I come out here moving by myself so they're used to getting out and you can they get out you wander in the fence I'm you defense and then we just walk them back in they don't go far though say will save our day okay I'm going to take your word for it see guys you think he's going to get them back in a new phone you think they're going to roll all data you can welcome Todd you can or doesn't form or whatever what are some steps people need to take if they want to do this themselves okay you know start small in your backyard right on your food for your family and then go see a go find another farmer in your area that will talk to you I have no problem sharing what we do how we do it yeah we're a market is where we sell there's enough you in the way I think I am come on enough there's enough demand out there for all of us to share so we're very open about what we do and how we've done it go talk to them find one that has some knowledge that you look why one that's doing a good job yeah and see what you can learn from them glean that information off of them and how they can help we've helped two or three farms around here start and their direct competition to me but again I love seeing fathers that are willing what have a desire to to stop leaving their families during the day and starting a farm step number one is to begin growing food because you may not even be doing that first of all you find out what you really like by group by growing different things and then you kind of find something that you think you want and then you can find another farmer I would say that he does that step number two absolutely may be in there you're reading books absolutely hopefully on that step number one you're reading like how to grow you know how to grow more vegetable in that book or fill thousands now that bar beef you know if you're thinking about cattles or something like that like some of this how-to stuff you're starting to grow something then you grow then you're go talk to somebody that is growing what you think you want to do yes now you want to do ya get you'll go in that information for your area how are they growing what's the grass is like cows and chickens were they getting the feet from we are strictly non-gmo we drive two and a half hours to get our feet every other week and then now go to your friends and family start selling to them it'll grow because the demand is there I would say that would be the third step is pretty much you're growing this stuff on the side and you're pretty much working yourself out of that first job you've gotten so busy with it because the demand is growing you've run out of the farmer how to market and things like that we can't come all up right here and it's pretty different space in your area where you are you near the TV are you away from the city what are the different demands and wants of that place those are three really good practices thank you so much David okay what's your name young man I'm Reese okay Reese how does your dad get you excited about going on the farm he doesn't okay well why are you excited to be on the farm just being out here with really God's creation and how cool it is and really when you first come out here you have a package so dad has pretty much just exposed you to this giving you access to this and you run with it now I also think that this is your operations site you make the money off of this yes okay you paid you paid add something for fee yes he helps he pass the food he's put together these infrastructure so go ahead no they bought the docks to see they've gone on to work short yep you can use our land [Laughter] and that's thing that you see nice this is some picked it up forget dragging it you gonna pick that up yeah I did earth Jam right there guys this is the duck feature they usually go to the mulberry tree they're still bull berries on it they're just about done but something they really like the mulberry see when you go open the tree while they're under it take the branch they all fall and go crazy with us they love them where the ducks will come to the mulberry tree and you'll find it up come on guys you go help them heard the duck see how they're going up behind them come on let's go up we get behind them Hey yeah they right there live and you can help [Laughter] [Laughter] okay so thanks I went back with my buddies I'm not back with my buddy [Music] and he found the toys I see you found I see you found your favorite part of America Carter what's going on over here don't be tearing them up now go boy get in I'm done good job good job okay David one more last question buddy yes before we go personally and for everybody here I've got kids I want them to be involved in the farm and the business now but also we may grow up mm-hmm and it seems like you've been able to do that with at least these two and probably some more of the rest what is the big secret well the world shows us something different we raise our children at home our children are around us as parents and as well as our community that we belong to we want them to be adults at a young age that doesn't mean they can't have fun they're out here playing playing basketball enjoying the toys but at a time they're going to have responsibilities there's a time we're going to introduce them to chores on the farm and slowly work with them they're going to want to work with mom and dad mmm now there's attention spans well it's smaller gradually drowsy work on that we're going to give them some responsibilities we're going to find something they like mm-hmm and give them that responsibility is something to joy it's gonna bring it's going to build that character we can build the responsibility discipline in their life and you know my young men at 13 is a young man because yeah he is mature he can go out and he can talk to people we go from children and and we want to be young men and a responsible dedicated to their life have an idea what they want to do they have they have gifts and we're going to encourage in that we're going to mold that and the character is so important their education we teach them to read we teach them math and we allow them to just blossom through that so we're using every minute that we can as parents to mold them into what God wants innovation thank you so much for having us again hopefully we've dug deep with this guy but please encourage you guys if you're in that spot where you just want to get home with the family sustainable farming is a valid opportunity it is and don't make it don't make it hard make it easy fall silence until you figure out and have success then you can convince your office yeah this is simple we're talking about starting part-time $600 investment you can do that yes you can just wrapped up my time with David what a blessing good news now good news his whole family had been in Florida on vacation they were planning on coming tomorrow afternoon so we're going to just miss them but they're going to push through and drive through tonight they'll be here by the time we used to wake up in the morning so we're going to get to see the family this amazing family all together we're definitely going to have to put that in tomorrow's vlog one more thing if you want the nitty gritty on how to quit your job and start farming I created a member video just for that for those you want to geek out really go down that path 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it's a beautiful sight poke this man has quit his corporate job to come home to the farm and work with his family in this video we're going to show you the three steps to do this yourself whoa fuck did this go by how he gets excited as a teenager working with that on the farm time for us to leave the White House on the hill we're scheduled to go to Rome Stokes well a farm that makes round sticks pasture raised pork jerky but we're going to go on a detour on the way over here we happen upon this amazing farm it wasn't in the plan it wasn't on the tour but it turned out absolutely incredible what we had found out about that farm is that they farmed just like Joel Salatin so that was the angle of my story he was going to be the poster child of Joel Salatin finally a poster child for Joel Salatin somebody who's going to do is exactly like he does because why ran Bennett if it works Joel's been doing it for 40 years why do anything different it's a model that works [Music] not long after being there I realized there's more to the story than just systems than just poultry then just pastured poultry pen and chickens following cow one here I totally quit his job to start farming and to you've gotten his entire family on board those boys did you see those boys that's like now I know power of it I think we really figured they're getting the guy look at two smiling burger who gets paid more yeah they were totally excited about farming and they were older boys and they were teenage boys aren't these supposed to be the terrible years yet here these boys were helping is dead we got more of a story to uncover that's for sure before we go we got to say goodbye to our friends White House on the hill everybody say yeah bye thank you guys you've been great hosts it was cool to spend a 4th of July with you thank you so much for coming you have a great we're good lucky YouTube channel thank you for being here thanks for your time we love you guys have you cared [Music] we have arrived we have thought of many more questions many questions unanswered I had a feeling we just scratched the surface with David now we're going to get a little bit deeper and help many many many people who are in the same spot where maybe they want to get out of their job and maybe one day they want to come home with the fame and I would love to see nothing more than you guys do that so let's go get some of those secrets y'all plan anything won't you Oh looks like somebody's got their lawn nice and neat how's it going buddy thanks for having us back thank you for coming I didn't really still mad they didn't get that who's mad families method Eve your family is gone when they coming back tomorrow they're coming back tomorrow we're going to miss some mom comes home tomorrow yeah dad I can tell she's coming home tomorrow yes how are you looking at the remember a little bit yes he's got it all mode good the inspectors coming buddy that's right you can eat the gardens no yeah yeah that's just great that's very totally back and get us caught that guy okay that's a passenger van so how many of them are you there are 12 of us okay my wife and I Kim David I feel like when we were here last that we didn't know where we get into okay and when I came here I knew that you were modeling salads so my story in my head was got that you're the poster child yourselves and finally and I was relieved to see that then when we got here I scratched the surface a little bit and found out what the story really was and it was that one that you were able to quit your job I started working with his family and to that you weren't having to seem like forcefully work with your family but it seemed like everybody was on board yeah so I'm gonna get deeper into that okay do you have like a tasks or a chore or something that needs to be done that maybe we could won't work and talk yeah we can't we've had some fencing to repair okay on the take and does that not take that doesn't take a lot of brain space no okay no so you can talk and work at the same time yes guy if you talk scared infamous probably what you would rather do anyway yeah okay so i mike jones are done kill two birds with one stone yeah let's make garden though we didn't even speak to that but that's part of it i'm sure right like being able to quit your job and be at the farm is being able to grow most your own food yes yeah yes a you know add to meet up yesterday somebody came up to me and said it's because of you we have lands and I'm going to saying that to brag on myself or whatever we were inspiring them but we're going to inspire people just so you know good somebody or somebodies is going to quit their job and start farming with their family because of you why that's great that's great okay so I can't think of anything better than that right like it gives me chills better I mean it's exciting to do it ourselves but you want to complete your joy by sharing that right absolutely okay good look at a smile look at this no yeah you know I want to know your secret how to get these behaviors this is it right next to pop come on kids come on guys let's go okay guys let's go in the pig fences where I get some some wire ripple we use ripples they're fantastic for mending fence yes pulling high sensor wire cool I'm a glutton involved wire we just use you tie pencil the herbal tool no okay we got these from Greg Beauty decide yeah the group wills yeah okay cool okay is that it so we need a little bit of wire some grifoll and some grifoll tool what are you doing man making it's making a penny hockey board for each project okay a hockey Boyle woodworking what I do and I'm not farming cool so far I'd a would record by night let's go let's go get that stick he's nice no shame in them so they're setting up this area for a pig paddock the pigs are in the barn they're going to bring them out here so they got to put up the fence how many strands of wire you're going to put up here just two two strands of wire it's going to be electrifying they're going to kill this up form or should we say plow the pigs ticket to Chile's pick the flowers they're going to plow this up and then plant pumpkins move the pigs on over and looks like they got a lot of work to do over there how did you market yourself so quickly we didn't because people are going to want to know where do I go how do I sell it right we started just doing a couple hundred chickens and selling to friends and family getting feedback from them okay so important to make sure the world progress with good quality well is not what they're really going to cost enough so I need to know what my cost are in before start selling some stuff we didn't start markets and our farmers market until year four we were really really worried about making sure we had enough product we didn't want to go to a farmers market and run out of product yeah there's nothing worse than that we started with drop off the homes and that went really well did you tell your friends and family know this now we now we did a home drop off to a to Lee's Summit Missouri okay how did you so first you call in friends and family you're just looking in your phone and you're just going down the list yep and then now you're going to have this home drop off roof how did you get this customer you know it just through other people telling people about us so friends and family started talking you know telling people about the products they've been getting it from us this is great we're just going to put this joke at work slide this on there it's going to grip that ni there and just pull it tight slide it back in Wow pull aside all right that's not basic marketing here folks selling the chickens and the product of friends and family I mean if you can't sell it to the friends and family you're going to have a hard time selling it anywhere going down the black book and the phone or wherever and then just rely on the word of mouth to get it going and of course there's always markets is there anything you wish you would have added to our time together the other day I mean was there anything after I left I wished I would have said that yeah lots of things no that's a lutely there's there's all kinds of things just seeing the comments like people just have to start somewhere yeah start growing it for yourselves and then for your relatives and your friends and then it's just going to go from there go slow where you are in rural Missouri but you are only an hour from Kansas City we're an hour until you it is worth it it is financially worth it for you to go to the market in Kansas City is that fair absolutely would it be worth it if you were two hours away yeah it was totally worth it we just um just to have it to have to drive a lot further alright let's straighten it up buddy tighten it up what was your life like before farming or go my goal was money toys and what well it was about me what I did with my life hunting fishing very selfish though very selfish life what happened was there a point where that changed you're both named for money and pleasure - something different yeah I mean I just made some mistakes in my life that I look back and man I've got I've got to change who I am and who I serve that's when I looked at farming something to do with my family found Selatan and just we went from there if you were going to quit your job and go into factory farming traditional conventional farming he would go into hops and you were going to do chickens you've got to do $100,000 and hundred thousand dollars of dad's $1.00 of ice okay so you go the fountain model and all of a sudden what was your startup cost 2000 estimate Oh started small so I guess it was $700 starting up far for six to seven hundred dollars are you kidding me and then that being mobile - so literally you could have done that on borrowed land we unplugged our brooder lamps and we we put our chicken tractors on a trailer and haul them over and that was it and you know deep freezers which we already personally had there's more work with the Salatin model you're going to move the animals everyday but you're also going to increase the productivity of your land and the other way tractors and big buildings and infrastructures permanent and very expensive oh we don't have a tractor we borrow a tractor from you to do some work you test anybody yep is it on working son right now how'd you go about to transition then did you save up money or did you keep working you're going to change that Joel Salatin would call it yeah you keep your golden chains while you did this part-time till you knew this was going to go or do you save up money we'll started again so this was so little to get started yeah I mean look except $600 and then as it grew we've never had to go get a loan for things we definitely borrowed friends families money because they were so excited I was doing let's go got it we can move those into a point where you can't do both you know okay you can't do both so you worked on the farm business until you're lying it's growing so much as you get more poultry pens I think it I need to get deck Wiener get thick because the demands there and now the demands there as well as I'm not going to be able to grow my business unless I'm working on my business look out for somebody else okay did you have a safe would you finally quit the gold chain no I think everybody reckon you're going to say yeah okay no so that's it better better for you guys okay now I have to have a savings we had put everything at that point we had put so much in the farm with walk-in freezers and chickens crates and infrastructure building guy redoing barns and such so we're here now we're not usable we had oh gosh the old bruiser that we use them without here there was some point before rats networking it looks like maybe maybe he didn't turn it off one time I hate losing trust me buddy what happened did you turn it on dear old dad huh have you done that before I have honey it is shocking they're all bad news and dad's been watching you watching you I can't believe I grabbed that without first next up we're going to see the Ducks move was your wife on board with this crazy plan all along yes she was okay that's handy well what would you say to somebody if maybe their spouse wasn't whether it's the man or the woman that's not on board yeah it's a tough question I would you know there's a husband-wife house being unity on this you know just the change of life your you know how you spend your money is so important because if this does as it grows you've got to continue to put a lot of money back into it to grow we've got to be on the same page the CII and see the vision for the family what did your parents and your friends and family think did they just think you were nuts I mean you're going to quit chick-fil-a you're going to quit the steady job to be a farmer oh yeah yes I know he doesn't matter if you show them Joel Collins video that's right let them read the book they still think you're crazy are you still crazy in their eyes for you later oh well one their heart loved it all say also love the figures they get there you just wait it out again thank your nuts after they get some of that food that's right all right whoa God wait a motorbike you what are they telling you they're ready to may want new muscles are saying yet they wanted me solve our dream is a salad bar Lily let's get them some salad bar okay wait a minute they're going to get out yes yeah I got another problem no normally I come out here moving by myself so they're used to getting out and you can they get out you wander in the fence I'm you defense and then we just walk them back in they don't go far though say will save our day okay I'm going to take your word for it see guys you think he's going to get them back in a new phone you think they're going to roll all data you can welcome Todd you can or doesn't form or whatever what are some steps people need to take if they want to do this themselves okay you know start small in your backyard right on your food for your family and then go see a go find another farmer in your area that will talk to you I have no problem sharing what we do how we do it yeah we're a market is where we sell there's enough you in the way I think I am come on enough there's enough demand out there for all of us to share so we're very open about what we do and how we've done it go talk to them find one that has some knowledge that you look why one that's doing a good job yeah and see what you can learn from them glean that information off of them and how they can help we've helped two or three farms around here start and their direct competition to me but again I love seeing fathers that are willing what have a desire to to stop leaving their families during the day and starting a farm step number one is to begin growing food because you may not even be doing that first of all you find out what you really like by group by growing different things and then you kind of find something that you think you want and then you can find another farmer I would say that he does that step number two absolutely may be in there you're reading books absolutely hopefully on that step number one you're reading like how to grow you know how to grow more vegetable in that book or fill thousands now that bar beef you know if you're thinking about cattles or something like that like some of this how-to stuff you're starting to grow something then you grow then you're go talk to somebody that is growing what you think you want to do yes now you want to do ya get you'll go in that information for your area how are they growing what's the grass is like cows and chickens were they getting the feet from we are strictly non-gmo we drive two and a half hours to get our feet every other week and then now go to your friends and family start selling to them it'll grow because the demand is there I would say that would be the third step is pretty much you're growing this stuff on the side and you're pretty much working yourself out of that first job you've gotten so busy with it because the demand is growing you've run out of the farmer how to market and things like that we can't come all up right here and it's pretty different space in your area where you are you near the TV are you away from the city what are the different demands and wants of that place those are three really good practices thank you so much David okay what's your name young man I'm Reese okay Reese how does your dad get you excited about going on the farm he doesn't okay well why are you excited to be on the farm just being out here with really God's creation and how cool it is and really when you first come out here you have a package so dad has pretty much just exposed you to this giving you access to this and you run with it now I also think that this is your operations site you make the money off of this yes okay you paid you paid add something for fee yes he helps he pass the food he's put together these infrastructure so go ahead no they bought the docks to see they've gone on to work short yep you can use our land [Laughter] and that's thing that you see nice this is some picked it up forget dragging it you gonna pick that up yeah I did earth Jam right there guys this is the duck feature they usually go to the mulberry tree they're still bull berries on it they're just about done but something they really like the mulberry see when you go open the tree while they're under it take the branch they all fall and go crazy with us they love them where the ducks will come to the mulberry tree and you'll find it up come on guys you go help them heard the duck see how they're going up behind them come on let's go up we get behind them Hey yeah they right there live and you can help [Laughter] [Laughter] okay so thanks I went back with my buddies I'm not back with my buddy [Music] and he found the toys I see you found I see you found your favorite part of America Carter what's going on over here don't be tearing them up now go boy get in I'm done good job good job okay David one more last question buddy yes before we go personally and for everybody here I've got kids I want them to be involved in the farm and the business now but also we may grow up mm-hmm and it seems like you've been able to do that with at least these two and probably some more of the rest what is the big secret well the world shows us something different we raise our children at home our children are around us as parents and as well as our community that we belong to we want them to be adults at a young age that doesn't mean they can't have fun they're out here playing playing basketball enjoying the toys but at a time they're going to have responsibilities there's a time we're going to introduce them to chores on the farm and slowly work with them they're going to want to work with mom and dad mmm now there's attention spans well it's smaller gradually drowsy work on that we're going to give them some responsibilities we're going to find something they like mm-hmm and give them that responsibility is something to joy it's gonna bring it's going to build that character we can build the responsibility discipline in their life and you know my young men at 13 is a young man because yeah he is mature he can go out and he can talk to people we go from children and and we want to be young men and a responsible dedicated to their life have an idea what they want to do they have they have gifts and we're going to encourage in that we're going to mold that and the character is so important their education we teach them to read we teach them math and we allow them to just blossom through that so we're using every minute that we can as parents to mold them into what God wants innovation thank you so much for having us again hopefully we've dug deep with this guy but please encourage you guys if you're in that spot where you just want to get home with the family sustainable farming is a valid opportunity it is and don't make it don't make it hard make it easy fall silence until you figure out and have success then you can convince your office yeah this is simple we're talking about starting part-time $600 investment you can do that yes you can just wrapped up my time with David what a blessing good news now good news his whole family had been in Florida on vacation they were planning on coming tomorrow afternoon so we're going to just miss them but they're going to push through and drive through tonight they'll be here by the time we used to wake up in the morning so we're going to get to see the family this amazing family all together we're definitely going to have to put that in tomorrow's vlog one more thing if you want the nitty gritty on how to quit your job and start farming I created a member video just for that for those you want to geek out really go down that path 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