“Time is the most valuable thing we have.”
We believe that too many farmers waste too much time with process, systems, and technology that don’t work as well as they could. Through our discussions of systems and processes on the podcast we sought to change that. Now with the Paperpot Transplanter we are bringing technology into that equation. When your greatest resource as a farmer is your time, why waste it?
Over the past few years Curtis and Diego have worked together on a variety of projects from live events to the immensely popular The Urban Farmer podcast.
During that time we talked to hundreds of small scale farmers learning about what makes them effective and where their struggles were. After thinking about these conversations and looking at our own time constraints as business owners and dads, we realized one thing that small scale farmers were really lacking was time. Time to do more on the farm, and time to do more off the farm.
After surveying the market and seeing what products were out there, we realized that the paperpot transplanter presented a huge opportunity to get farmers in and out of the fields faster and more profitably, leaving them with more time to do other things. Shortly thereafter, Paperpot Co. was born to help get paperpot technology affordably into the hands of farmers, along with the knowledge help new and existing users make best use of the tool.
We’re excited to help aggregate and advance the expertise of this tool, so small scale farmers can do their job better and faster.
— Product and Equipment Testing, Research, and Video and Photo
Curtis’s area of expertise is in quick growing, high value annual vegetables for direct consumer market streams. His book, The Urban Farmer demonstrates organic intensive techniques with a focus on business and systems to streamline labour and production. He offers a new way to think about farming. One where quality of life and profitability coexist.
Curtis’ farm, Green City Acres is located in Kelowna, BC, Canada and was established in 2010. In an eight month growing season, the farm generates over $75,000 per year on only one third of an acre. This is done by specializing in a select group of high value, quick growing crops that allow for multiple plantings in the same beds as well as calculated intercropping strategies. The farm has been recognized internationally, as flag ship example of how profitable and productive urban agriculture can be.
— Product Support and Shipping, Web Design, and Accounting
Diego is a former financial advisor and engineer, and now podcaster Creative Destruction, who has spent years swimming upstream against the status quo to try find his true calling and his life’s work.
While becoming disenchanted with Wallstreet Diego started a podcast with the goal of inspiring others to join him in the quest to live the life that they want to live by doing work that matters to them regardless of what other people might think. Through these stories people learn tools and techniques to make their work easier while being inspired knowing that none of us are alone on our own epic journeys.
As a permaculturalist he geeks out on soil, bio-intensive growing, and systems thinking. His favorite permaculture principles include stacking functions and arriving at solutions, not imposing solutions.
He is also a dad of three daughters and would rather spend time with them, than sitting at the computer typing this.