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It’s currently March 30, 2016.
And over the past few months Curtis has literally been all around the world.
I today’s episode we’ll look back at some of the places that he visited and what he took away from those visits.
From the high tech innovation being done at Jean-Martin Fortier’s Le Ferme Des Quarte-Temps in Quebec to the low tech soil building techniques used by Jodi Roebuck to build soil in his bio-intensive garden in New Zealand.
It’s not just all fun and stories, there’s a lot of good information in this one such as do these techniques scale, how can you build soil, and how can you combine tarps and soil to really build soil.
Let’s start in Quebec where where Curtis met up with Jean-Martin Fortier to see how his farm of the future was progressing and what the thought about it….
Notes from this episode:
- Curtis over-winters carrots, kale, lettuce, spinach, and baby kale.
- Use tarps to passively prevent weeds and preserve clean, weed free seed beds.
- Don’t be an eager beaver at the start of the season and rush out and plant everything right away. You have to think long term. Think about the course of the season and how you need to approach it now to be where you want to be down the line later in the season. And that likely doesn’t mean to do as much as you can now.
- If the market changes, then you have to react. If the market doesn’t want ABC, what do they want? Or if one segment of the market doesn’t want ABC, who might want ABC?
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2 replies on “The Urban Farmer: Scaling Up The Market Garden – A Visit to the Farm of the Future (FSFS43)“
I cant believe i havent heard curtis or jm talk about recycled billboard tarps! Super cheap huge tarps! There are plenty of websites and you can order custom sizes. I have been using them some down here in Louisiana, and have had a lot of success. But if you leave them off for about 2 weeks the weeds are back. And thats after tarping for 3 months! The different climate down here i am sure has something to do with it. Its very mild here.
Thanks for the suggestion. Hadn’t heard of that before.