“What if I told you that there was a way you could live off the land, farm commercially, be a direct solution to food security, economic inequality, and environmental degradation, build community ties and social capital, and make a living out of it?”, says urban farmer Curtis Stone, CEO of Green City Acres.
Green City Acres grows vegetables on donated plots of land throughout Kelowna, B.C., and transports them to consumers using only bicycles and custom-built trailers. In 2012, they grew over 50,000 lbs of food on less than 1 acre of land, using organic methods and only 80 litres of gasoline (used to run a rototiller).
After growing produce using SPIN farming techniques, Green City Acres brings produce to consumers and restaurants, where food scraps are taken in return to be added for future soil amendments.
How To Farm On Land You Don’t Own
Since lawns take time and money to maintain, and nothing productive is received in return for them, many people are willing to give up their lawns in exchange for organic food. In exchange for a basket of fresh produce every week, residents from central Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada have donated their land to Green City Acres to farm on.
SPIN Farm Your Way To Success
Perhaps the most intensive and effective farming technique ever developed is called SPIN Farming. The acronym SPIN stands for Small Plot Intensive Farming, and with the book SPIN-Farming Basics, you will learn a simple, step-by-step approach. SPIN farming is an easy-to-learn and inexpensive method of vegetable and fruit farming that makes it possible to earn $50,000 gross from farming on only a half-acre of land.
Although they are expanding with every growing season, as of July 6th, 2012, Green City Acres was farming 7 plots of land and employing two people full time. During his off-season, Curtis Stone works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story and inspiring a new generation of farmers.
“As a worldwide effort, this can create millions of permanent jobs; and these are jobs with purpose, because you can actually feel good about the things you’re producing for your community.”
– Curtis Stone, Green City Acres
“Just imagine what our cities would look like if we had an urban farmer on every street corner producing healthy, abundant, fresh food for the people in that community.”
– Curtis Stone, CEO Green City Acres