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Highly profitable farm-no till.

 
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Hi,
This farm, at singingfrogsfarm.com, is apparently grossing $100,000 per acre, on 3 acres, no till veggie production. Very interesting no till methods, soil O.M. content, low water use,etc. Good interview of the farmer's here: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-05-27/paul-elizabeth-kaiser-sustainable-farming-2-0
 
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Thanks, Carlo, wonderful to see a successful farm.
I've embedded the podcast below and here is a live link to their website... http://singingfrogsfarm.com/Home.html

 
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carlo biagi wrote:This farm {...} is apparently grossing $100,000 per acre, on 3 acres, no till veggie production.



So that works out to $2.29 per square foot. That is approximately the cost of one head of lettuce which is about what a square foot of ground can produce. In maritime Central California, I'd expect to be able to harvest multiple crops per year from the same square foot of space.


 
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How did you come to $2.29 per ft2?
 
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Rose Gardener wrote:How did you come to $2.29 per ft2?



$100,000 per acre
43,460 ft2 per acre

100,000 / 43,460 is 2.29ish


 
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$100,000/43,560, I assume.


Edited to add: Burra beat me to it.
 
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Even so, finding a market for 130,000+ theoretical lettuces is its own thing, and the major accomplishment to my mind.
 
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Roberta Wilkinson wrote:Even so, finding a market for 130,000+ theoretical lettuces is its own thing, and the major accomplishment to my mind.



Yup... I suppose that the profitability of the farm has a lot to do with location: right next to San Fransisco, one of the foodiest cities in the country, and in California, one of the most expensive places to live. And it would require great management: to organize the labor required to plant, pick, and distribute that much produce.
 
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Visited this farm twice now. It is an impressive operation.

I work(volunteer) almost full time at a CSA farm www.AnandaValleyFarm.org and we are trying to emulate Paul & Elizabeth's methods, in a similar climate.

What they have done is very innovative in it's practicality.

Like many smaller market farms they rely on growing many different types of vegetables for a CSA direct to consumer retail pricing.
A lot of work, but a method smaller farms can compete with larger mechanized ones while giving people fresher, healthier food.
Their profitability probable exceeds large farms when looking at profit/acre, profit/capital investment. Profit/man hour is probably less though, but this means they employ more labor and employ less machines.

 
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It´s a shame that in the podcast hardly any detailed discussion goes into the details of their methods and techniques, and their website doesn´t seem to have any comprehensive material on it either. I guess we´ll have to wait for the book...
 
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I really am inspired by the pod cast of Singing Frogs Farm! there is hope for my hard pan problem.
 
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