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Farm Small Farm Smart

By Diego Footer

Weekly insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably. The show is hosted by Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. Each week I talk with a beginning, or experienced farmer diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on farming challenges and struggles, sales and marketing, soil preparation, weed management, post harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm startup, market selection, and work-life balance.

  1. 1.
    BEST OF: The Long Journey of Slowly Scaling a Farm on the Side with farmer Travis Schulert10/19/2019
    1:16:31
  2. 2.
    f5: The Language of Nature10/18/2019
    2:11
  3. 3.
    f5: Grow What's Valuable, Not What Isn't10/17/2019
    3:59
  4. 4.
    f5: How to Inoculate Biochar10/16/2019
    3:48
  5. 5.
    f5: Innovation is Very Expensive10/15/2019
    5:56
  6. 6.
    How to Hire the Right Person for Your Farm - Advice From a 20 Year Hiring Specialist (FSFS184)10/14/2019
    1:31:21
  7. 7.
    BEST OF: Designing Simple and Effective Passive Solar Greenhouses with Rob Avis10/12/2019
    46:01
  8. 8.
    f5: Farming Doesn't Have To Be the Answer10/11/2019
    2:56
  1. 9.
    f5: There Wasn't Enough Balance10/10/2019
    4:01
  2. 10.
    f5: Pure Passion Isn't Enough10/09/2019
    4:12
  3. 11.
    f5: Because We Had Land Constraints, We Had to Change10/08/2019
    4:26
  4. 12.
    Growing A Farm with The Resources You Have with Loblolly Flower Farm (FSFS183)10/07/2019
    1:03:39
  5. 13.
    BEST OF: Harvesting Products, Restaurants, and Crop Planning - The Urban Farmer10/05/2019
    40:38
  6. 14.
    f5: Change Starts in the Kitchen10/04/2019
    6:02
  7. 15.
    f5: Why Our Salad CSA Works10/03/2019
    4:46
  8. 16.
    f5: Go Slow, but Not Too Slow10/02/2019
    2:57
  9. 17.
    f5: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Weed Control10/01/2019
    2:53
  10. 18.
    Building Soils with Min-Till, Biochar and Compost (FSFS182)09/30/2019
    57:52
  11. 19.
    BEST OF: Growing a $100,000 Farm - Elliot Seldner of Fair Share Farm on No-Till, Farm Efficiency, and Balancing Life09/28/2019
    1:25:15
  12. 20.
    f5: Mycofiltration - Filtration Through Mycelium09/27/2019
    7:38
  13. 21.
    f5: Advice for Starting Out09/26/2019
    1:36
  14. 22.
    f5: Sometimes It Just Takes A While09/25/2019
    4:13
  15. 23.
    f5: The Effects of Your Decisions09/24/2019
    2:43
  16. 24.
    f5: I Don't Need to Make More for Needs I Don't Have09/23/2019
    3:48
  17. 25.
    BEST OF: How Farmer Ray Tyler Tripled His Sales by Farming LESS Land09/22/2019
    1:09:26
  18. 26.
    f5: Improving Our Post Harvest Process09/20/2019
    5:50
  19. 27.
    f5: The Grind of Start-up09/19/2019
    5:23
  20. 28.
    f5: Biodynamic Compost for Increasing Soil Fertility09/18/2019
    5:30
  21. 29.
    f5: The Reality of Starting Out In a Small Market09/17/2019
    5:44
  22. 30.
    f5: Why We Invested in Our Nursery09/16/2019
    2:55
  23. 31.
    BEST OF: The Next Step for Market Gardening with Jean-Martin Fortier09/14/2019
    59:19
  24. 32.
    f5: Start Small and Keep Overhead Low09/13/2019
    2:54
  25. 33.
    f5: Maximizing Microgreen Shelf Life09/12/2019
    1:57
  26. 34.
    f5: Real World Functional Regenerative Agriculture09/11/2019
    4:07
  27. 35.
    f5: Collaboration is Huge09/10/2019
    2:43
  28. 36.
    f5: What Happens At the Biochar Root Interface?09/09/2019
    5:56
  29. 37.
    f5: Find What Works For You09/06/2019
    2:15
  30. 38.
    f5: Advice for New Farmers09/05/2019
    5:14
  31. 39.
    f5: Success in Keeping it Small and Manageable09/04/2019
    3:12
  32. 40.
    f5: Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Advice09/03/2019
    4:30
  33. 41.
    f5: Altruism Doesn't Pay Your Taxes09/02/2019
    1:25
  34. 42.
    BEST OF: The Five Things That Made My Farm More Profitable with Farmer Conor Crickmore08/31/2019
    1:11:02
  35. 43.
    f5: The World's Complexity Problem08/30/2019
    7:13
  36. 44.
    f5: The Economy of Nature08/29/2019
    5:10
  37. 45.
    f5: More Than I Expected Was Possible08/28/2019
    4:33
  38. 46.
    f5: More Fertility Equals More Production08/27/2019
    4:42
  39. 47.
    f5: Be An Early Adopter08/26/2019
    2:54
  40. 48.
    BEST OF: $350,000 on 1.5 Acres and Still Growing with Farmer Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm08/24/2019
    58:32
  41. 49.
    f5: The Great Work of Our Time08/23/2019
    5:24
  42. 50.
    f5: What Happens When You Add Biochar to Soil?08/22/2019
    3:57
  43. 51.
    f5: Why Biointensive Methods of Production?08/21/2019
    6:48
  44. 52.
    f5: Designing Polyculture Plantings08/20/2019
    3:15
  45. 53.
    f5: Keep Your Ideology, but Keep It in Your Back Pocket08/19/2019
    4:18
  46. 54.
    f5: Facing Fear and Going Into the Unknown08/16/2019
    3:56
  47. 55.
    f5: Value Adding Vegetables with Home Delivery08/15/2019
    5:12
  48. 56.
    f5: Someone Has To Tell You It Will Workout08/14/2019
    3:59
  49. 57.
    f5: Biochar Basics08/13/2019
    6:34
  50. 58.
    f5: Scale Back to Scale Up08/12/2019
    2:41
  51. 59.
    BEST OF: Inside the Organic Inspection Process with Laura Murray08/10/2019
    48:41
  52. 60.
    f5: The Magical Magnificence of Mycelium08/09/2019
    4:17
  53. 61.
    f5: Going Bankrupt Changed Everything08/08/2019
    3:06
  54. 62.
    f5: We Need More Collaborative Distribution08/07/2019
    6:32
  55. 63.
    f5: Startup and Appropriate Technology08/06/2019
    5:40
  56. 64.
    f5: How Successful is our Farmstand?08/05/2019
    3:00
  57. 65.
    BEST OF: Is ORGANIC CERTIFICATION worth it?08/03/2019
    1:14:40
  58. 66.
    f5: Be a Realist!08/02/2019
    3:05
  59. 67.
    f5: Do It Now!08/01/2019
    5:27
  60. 68.
    f5: This May Have Been A Bad Idea07/31/2019
    3:47
  61. 69.
    f5: How We Generated Early Cash Flow07/30/2019
    5:21
  62. 70.
    f5: The Benefits of Growing Indoors07/29/2019
    5:14
  63. 71.
    BEST OF: Greens: A Powerful Economic Driver of the Urban Farm - The Urban Farmer07/27/2019
    41:10
  64. 72.
    f5: Small Farms Should Think About Big Farm Food Safety07/26/2019
    5:16
  65. 73.
    f5: We Need Purpose07/25/2019
    5:31
  66. 74.
    f5: Our Farmstand is a Huge Part of Our Business07/24/2019
    6:20
  67. 75.
    f5: Using Tools to Try to Get a Little Bit Better07/23/2019
    5:15
  68. 76.
    f5: The Slow, Steady Progress of Organic Agriculture07/22/2019
    3:32
  69. 77.
    BEST OF: The Market Gardener - $140,000 on 1.5 Acres07/20/2019
    1:07:25
  70. 78.
    f5: Just Start!07/19/2019
    5:00
  71. 79.
    f5: There Isn't a Formula For Success That Works Everywhere07/18/2019
    4:12
  72. 80.
    f5: Selling Seeds - Where to Start?07/17/2019
    5:08
  73. 81.
    f5: Going No-Till Changed Everything07/16/2019
    4:53
  74. 82.
    f5: It's More Than Just Income Here07/15/2019
    3:59
  75. 83.
    BEST OF: Hustle - The Biggest and Most Powerful Tool on The Farm (FSFS64)07/13/2019
    55:30
  76. 84.
    f5: There Isn't An Easy Path If You Do This07/12/2019
    4:04
  77. 85.
    f5: Information Is the Best Investment You Can Make07/11/2019
    2:57
  78. 86.
    f5: Refining the Vision07/10/2019
    3:22
  79. 87.
    f5: Winter Growing In A Cold Climate07/09/2019
    3:23
  80. 88.
    f5: Don't Expect it To Be Easy07/08/2019
    2:05
  81. 89.
    BEST OF: Building Soil Health by Dr. Elaine Ingham07/06/2019
    1:14:59
  82. 90.
    f5: Real Businesses Have Real Costs07/05/2019
    4:12
  83. 91.
    f5: Find A Fit For You07/04/2019
    6:10
  84. 92.
    f5: We Are All the Same07/03/2019
    5:30
  85. 93.
    f5: Is a 30" Bed Width Optimum?07/02/2019
    3:43
  86. 94.
    f5: Rural Farming Won't Make You Rich07/01/2019
    4:04
  87. 95.
    BEST OF: The Importance of Information, Mentors, and Adaptation – The Urban Farmer (FSFS23)06/29/2019
    50:57
  88. 96.
    f5: What Are Your Dreams?06/28/2019
    2:01
  89. 97.
    f5: Can You Make Money Selling Seeds?06/27/2019
    5:55
  90. 98.
    f5: How We Started Our Farm06/26/2019
    4:35
  91. 99.
    f5: Starting the Next Generation of Farmers06/25/2019
    6:25
  92. 100.
    f5: The Romanticism and Reality of Farming06/24/2019
    5:24
  93. 101.
    THE PODCAST AS YOU KNOW IT IS DONE - Changes Ahead - Please Listen06/23/2019
    9:36
  94. 102.
    BEST OF: Knowing and Growing What Chef's Want and What's Profitable with The Culinary Gardener Evan Chender (FSFS115)06/22/2019
    58:58
  95. 103.
    BEST OF: Increasing Crop Quality - Better Soil, Better Crops with Dan Kittredge of BioNutrient.org06/15/2019
    1:11:50
  96. 104.
    BEST OF: Tomato Mania - How to Get More Total Crop Production by Inter-planting Tomatoes with Other Crops (FSFS48)06/08/2019
    55:45
  97. 105.
    Feel Better, Farm Better Live Better - A Farmer Wellness Episode with Scott Hebert (FSFS181)06/05/2019
    1:16:23
  98. 106.
    BEST OF: Growing What Chefs Want with farmer Taylor Rogers of In Season Omaha (FSFS87)06/01/2019
    1:02:49
  99. 107.
    Sell More Flowers - The Different Market Streams for Cut Flowers (FSFS180)05/29/2019
    1:14:15
  100. 108.
    BEST OF: The Importance of Soil - Where Market Gardening and Grow Biointensive Meet with Jodi Roebuck (FSFS124)05/25/2019
    1:17:59
  101. 109.
    The Farmer’s Office - The Business of Farming with Emma Hendel (FSFS179)05/22/2019
    1:18:38
  102. 110.
    BEST OF: Failing Above Other Peoples' Heads (FSFS69)05/18/2019
    1:05:57
  103. 111.
    Choosing the Right Crops (and Customers) for Your Farm with Ben Hartman (FSFS178)05/15/2019
    46:24
  104. 112.
    BEST OF: Successfully Growing Summer Greens (FSFS108)05/10/2019
    1:17:36
  105. 113.
    Being a Parent and a Farmer (While Starting a Farm) with Justin Logeais (FSFS177)05/08/2019
    52:31
  106. 114.
    Top 10 Cool Season Flowers for Small Farms (FSFS176)04/29/2019
    1:31:35
  107. 115.
    Crop Planning for Microgreens with Spreadsheets (FSFS175)04/24/2019
    57:38
  108. 116.
    Practical Tips for Increasing Sales at the Farmers Market (GFL174)04/17/2019
    1:28:12
  109. 117.
    Farm Growth Without Compromises - Thoughts on Scaling, Hiring, and Maintaining Quality with Jordan MacPhee (FSFS173)04/10/2019
    1:28:19
  110. 118.
    Strategies for Growing Tomatoes and Building Soil with Ben Hartman (FSFS172)04/03/2019
    49:51
  111. 119.
    BEST OF: Farming Against All Odds with Ray Tyler of Rosecreek Farms (FSFS83)03/27/2019
    1:17:11
  112. 120.
    Farming While Being a Parent - Time Management and More with Kim Doughty-McCannon (FSFS171)03/20/2019
    59:11
  113. 121.
    A Very Important Topic Affecting Farmers (and Everyone Else) (FSFS170)03/13/2019
    49:55
  114. 122.
    Growing Tomatoes for Profit with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm (FSFS169)03/06/2019
    49:01
  115. 123.
    Top 10 Warm Season Flowers for Small Farms (FSFS168)02/27/2019
    1:19:03
  116. 124.
    Farm Couples: Being Successful as Partners in Life and Business with Emma Hendel and Elliot Seldner (FSFS167)02/20/2019
    1:12:18
  117. 125.
    Tips for Successfully Competing in a Crowded Market with Jordan MacPhee (FSFS166)02/13/2019
    1:12:43
  118. 126.
    Business Opportunities Growing Cut Flowers with The Flower Grower Benny Pino (FSFS165)01/30/2019
    53:45
  119. 127.
    Doing The Most Important Things in 2019 with Javan Bernakevitch (FSFS164)01/25/2019
    1:52:51
  120. 128.
    Goal Setting and Yearly Planning for Success with Farmer Yosef Camire (FSFS163)01/23/2019
    49:52
  121. 129.
    Building Deep Soil with A Lot of Organic Matter featuring Ben Hartman (FSFS162)01/16/2019
    1:03:33
  122. 130.
    Do You Have a Farm Business or a Farm Job? (FSFS161)01/09/2019
    31:11
  123. 131.
    10 Life Changing Audiobooks to Listen to With Your Cat When It's Snowing (FSFS160)01/02/2019
    1:21:26
  124. 132.
    Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever (FSFS159)12/26/2018
    26:18
  125. 133.
    Growing a Farm Business with a Successful Farmstand featuring Jenny Quiner (FSFS158)12/19/2018
    1:10:27
  126. 134.
    Different Crops and Market Streams to Scale Farm Income with Elliot Seldner (FSFS157)12/12/2018
    56:32
  127. 135.
    Increasing Net Profit with Less Work, Waste, and Costs featuring Ben Hartman (FSFS156)12/05/2018
    1:02:58
  128. 136.
    Beyond Startup: Taking A Farm to the Next Stage with Elliot Seldner (FSFS155)11/28/2018
    1:01:49
  129. 137.
    THANKSGIVING EXTRAVAGANZA - Board Game Edition11/21/2018
    1:02:20
  130. 138.
    A Base Principles Approach to Farming - Understanding Why and Context with Chris Thoreau (FSFS154)11/14/2018
    54:49
  131. 139.
    Growing a Farm Business with Positive Optionality featuring Justin Gay (FSFS153)11/07/2018
    1:00:58
  132. 140.
    The Four Base Principles of Lean Farming and How to Use Them on Your Farm (FSFS152)10/31/2018
    1:22:30
  133. 141.
    Hustling and Balancing Time to Build a Farm Business with Rome Julian (FSFS151)10/24/2018
    1:04:55
  134. 142.
    Considerations for Adding Microgreens On Top of Field Crops (FSFS150)10/17/2018
    1:00:13
  135. 143.
    Creating the Perfect Farm Business for You with Travis Schulert (FSFS149)10/10/2018
    1:08:35
  136. 144.
    These Exact Lean Principles Turned Around My Farm with Ben Hartman10/07/2018
    20:01
  137. 145.
    How to Successfully Sell Microgreens to Wholesale Customers (FSFS148)10/03/2018
    1:07:01
  138. 146.
    Marketing a New Farm and Overcoming Startup Challenges with Jay Reid (FSFS147)09/26/2018
    1:07:28
  139. 147.
    Finding New Customers Fast with Max Becher (FSFS146)09/19/2018
    1:11:44
  140. 148.
    Complexity is the Opposite of Lean - Making Your Farm More Efficient with Ben Hartman08/01/2018
    20:12
  141. 149.
    Running Your Business Shouldn't Mean Working All of the Time with Chris Thoreau (FSFS145)06/27/2018
    30:41
  142. 150.
    Challenges Growing and Managing a New Microgreens Business with Jon Grootveld (FSFS144)06/20/2018
    1:23:42
  143. 151.
    Selling to Whole Foods and Growing in Tropical Miami with Moses Kashem (FSFS143)06/13/2018
    54:40
  144. 152.
    Dialing Back Farming Expectations with John Jarmusz (FSFS142)06/06/2018
    56:20
  145. 153.
    Building a Thriving Farm Business with Relationships featuring Drew Sample (FSFS141)05/30/2018
    1:13:15
  146. 154.
    Innovative Techniques to Grow Microgreens with Urban Rebel Farms (FSFS140)05/23/2018
    1:24:54
  147. 155.
    Farming As Part of Life, Not All of Life with Scott Hebert (FSFS139)05/16/2018
    1:11:18
  148. 156.
    The Importance of Food Safety and Sanitization with Microgreens featuring Chris Thoreau (FSFS138)04/25/2018
    50:09
  149. 157.
    Online Sales and Establishing Yourself as a New Farmer with Mark Chapman (FSFS137)04/18/2018
    48:45
  150. 158.
    Growing and Selling Medical Herbs with Lindsay Napolitano (FSFS136)04/11/2018
    1:08:46
  151. 159.
    A Produce Manager and Farmer's View on How to Sell Produce to Grocery Stores with Bob Close (FSFS135)04/04/2018
    57:46
  152. 160.
    Selling Only Microgreens Only to Grocery Stores with Vincent Cuneo (FSFS134)03/28/2018
    1:34:08
  153. 161.
    Pioneering Urban Farming in Sweden with Buddha Browett of Los Perros Urban Farming (FSFS133)03/21/2018
    51:37
  154. 162.
    Seeing the Vision - The Long, Slow Road to Farming for Life with Michael Bell (FSFS132)03/14/2018
    59:47
  155. 163.
    Running a Small Scale Seed Selling Business on a Small Farm with Dan Brisebois (FSFS131)03/07/2018
    40:34
  156. 164.
    Growing Great Microgreens Starts with the Great Soil featuring Chris Thoreau (FSFS130)02/21/2018
    1:09:03
  157. 165.
    Selling Vegetables Online and Farm Start Up with Daniel Garcia of Garcia's Gardens (FSFS129)02/14/2018
    56:39
  158. 166.
    Farm Success with Methods You Might Not Expect featuring Yosef Camire (FSFS128)02/07/2018
    1:11:55
  159. 167.
    Grow A Lot of Vegetables on Just 8000 Square Feet... Hydroponically with Darren Vollmar (FSFS127)01/31/2018
    1:15:36
  160. 168.
    A Practical Look at Vegetable Farming and a Fragile Seed System with Chris Thoreau (FSFS126)01/24/2018
    1:13:39
  161. 169.
    What Urban Farming Is Really Like - Success and Challenges with Farmer AJ Zaycheck (FSFS125)01/17/2018
    1:15:26
  162. 170.
    The Importance of Soil - Where Market Gardening and Grow Biointensive Meet with Jodi Roebuck (FSFS124)01/10/2018
    1:19:07
  163. 171.
    Why We Choose Flowers Over Vegetables with Loblolly Farm (FSFS123)01/03/2018
    1:31:34
  164. 172.
    Your Journey to You - Following The Dream and Following Opportunity Too (TUF REPLAY)11/22/2017
    50:07
  165. 173.
    The Challenges of Market Farming in Hot and Wet Texas with Brent Heironimus (FSFS122)11/15/2017
    1:02:19
  166. 174.
    The 10 Year Evolution of a Microgreen Farmer - Life and Business, Business and Life (FSFS121)11/08/2017
    1:11:17
  167. 175.
    Increasing Post Harvest Processing Efficiency with Michael Kilpatrick (FSFS120)11/01/2017
    55:41
  168. 176.
    Starting and Growing an On Site Farmstand and Farm with Jenny Quiner of Dog Patch Urban Gardens (FSFS119)10/25/2017
    1:09:26
  169. 177.
    Base Principles Which Make Neversink Farm Successful with farmer Conor Crickmore (FSFS118)10/18/2017
    1:26:01
  170. 178.
    The Journey Towards the Regenerative Vegetable Farm - Learning, Selling, and Growing More Product Over Time with Shawn Kuhn of Vitruvian Farms (FSFS117)10/11/2017
    1:09:16
  171. 179.
    Continuous Improvement - Lessons Learned on Farm and on Other Farms with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organics (FSFS116)10/04/2017
    1:52:35
  172. 180.
    Knowing and Growing What Chef's Want and What's Profitable with chef and farmer, The Culinary Gardener Evan Chender (FSFS115)09/27/2017
    1:03:47
  173. 181.
    Start with What You Can and Grow - Season Extension, Farm Tools, and Improving Processes with Ray Tyler (FSFS114)09/20/2017
    55:09
  174. 182.
    Increasing Farm Productivity and Efficiency with Michael Kilpatrick (FSFS113)09/13/2017
    1:20:11
  175. 183.
    The Lean Farm with Ben Hartman (FSFS112)08/30/2017
    1:07:33
  176. 184.
    Buying, Growing, and Improving a Microgreens Business with Max Beecher and Chris Thoreau (FSFS111)08/23/2017
    1:55:09
  177. 185.
    Starting Your Own Farm by Selling Someone Else's Vegetables First with Max Beecher (FSFS110)08/16/2017
    1:30:15
  178. 186.
    The Struggles and Successes of Microgreen Startup with Eddy Gilmore (FSFS109)08/16/2017
    1:25:07
  179. 187.
    Mastering Summer Greens - How 4 Farmers are Effectively and Productively Growing Salad Greens in the Heat (FSFS108)08/16/2017
    1:22:27
  180. 188.
    The Challenges and Successes of CSA Farming on 2 Acres with Sam McLemore of Bountiful Harvest Farms (FSFS107)08/16/2017
    1:22:23
  181. 189.
    No-Till Farming in Rural Arkansas with farmer Brandon Gordon of 5 Acre Farms (FSFS106)08/16/2017
    1:07:01
  182. 190.
    The Long Journey of Slowly Scaling a Farm on the Side with farmer Travis Schulert (FSFS105)08/16/2017
    1:20:27
  183. 191.
    Bigger or Better - The Next Step for Market Gardening with farmer Jean-Martin Fortier (FSFS104)08/16/2017
    1:02:34
  184. 192.
    Inside the Organic Inspection Process with Organic Inspector Laura Murray (FSFS103)08/16/2017
    52:02
  185. 193.
    Is ORGANIC CERTIFICATION worth it with organic pioneer and farmer Scott Murray (FSFS102)08/16/2017
    1:18:30
  186. 194.
    How to Grow Microgreens Consistently All Year with farmer Chris Thoreau (FSFS101)08/16/2017
    55:14
  187. 195.
    The Future is Now – Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Urban Farmer & Farm Small, Farm Smart (FSFS100)08/16/2017
    1:22:53
  188. 196.
    Farming When the Game Changes - Balancing Being a New Parent and the Farm with Curtis Stone (FSFS99)08/16/2017
    49:52
  189. 197.
    Profitable Market Farming in The Middle of Nowhere with Blake Cothron of Peaceful Heritage Farm (FSFS98)08/16/2017
    1:18:39
  190. 198.
    Growing a $100,000 Farm - Elliot Seldner of Fair Share Farm on No-Till, Farm Efficiency, and Balancing Life (FSFS97)08/16/2017
    1:29:15
  191. 199.
    Do New Crops Pay? - The When, How, and Why of a New Crop with Chris Thoreau (FSFS96)08/16/2017
    56:38
  192. 200.
    Growing Better by Growing Smaller - Going From Half an Acre to 500 Square Feet with Alex Bertsch of Epic by Nature Farm (FSFS95)08/14/2017
    1:03:54

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