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Ferris Whitehouse
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Hello everyone! First post here, been lurking for a while though. I'm interested in starting a permaculture style farm in Kelowna BC Canada. My grandfather has some property with incredible potential that is being grossly underutilized. There are 13 acres facing south with a shallow slope all the way across. It is currently only being used to grow small amounts of hay. I live here with my parents, who are builders and keen on subdividing the property. I've recently sparked an interest in aquaponics because I was interested in the automation aspect of it (long lime electronics hobbyist) and this led me to the whole world of permaculture. I'm totally convinced that sustainable farming is what I want to do but I am hopelessly ignorant at the moment as I've been focusing on electrical engineering school for the past two years and have had no prior experience with farming/gardening. I've been reading every book I can get my hands on and am looking for some resources to help me plan exactly what/when/how to grow as many plants as I can. I also have no idea how I would approach selling (or distributing for free) the product once it was grown. I will be spending some time around kelownas farmers markets in the near future and continue to research what will/wont grow here. There is a lot of information out there with tips and techniques once you're going, but I need to create a very comprehensive plan in order to convince my parents that this has potential. They are very skeptical by nature and like to know all the details of projects I attempt before I start digging around and spending money, which is absolutely understandable. Anyways to wrap this up, I have not put nearly enough time into researching yet and if anyone here could suggest some links or books or examples that would help me with the specifics of executing a small farm I'd be very grateful. Thanks for reading!
 
Ferris Whitehouse
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Thanks a lot Adam.
I've requested joels books at my library already, I will check out the rest of your links. I do know of Curtis Stone as well but the specifics aren't really disclosed unless you purchase their spin farming guide(which I probably will do eventually) but I will keep digging.
 
Adam Hoar
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Ferris Whitehouse wrote:Thanks a lot Adam.
I've requested joels books at my library already, I will check out the rest of your links. I do know of Curtis Stone as well but the specifics aren't really disclosed unless you purchase their spin farming guide(which I probably will do eventually) but I will keep digging.


Curtis is doing a lot of podcasts, might be worth listening to them here is a quick google search. https://www.google.com/search?q=curtis+stone+podcast&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
 
John Coltaine
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I'll second Curtis Stone as a recommendation, he's also located in BC.

Here's some links to a few of his interviews on the Permaculture Voices podcast. Additionally they're doing an entire year long podcast series called The Urban Farmer which is a week by week look at running an urban farm for a year - it just started towards the end of March and you can get it through the regular PV Podcast feed.

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Luke Callahan was an urban farmer doing microgreens only and might be worth a listen:
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