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NO MATTER WHAT YOUR GOAL, CAUSE OR MISSION IS RIGHT NOW, food is at the center of it. Growing it. Eating it. Trading it. Selling it. These how-to guides will equip you with the ability to produce a lot of it, and turn it into something of value.

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  • #1-7 SPIN-Farming Basics

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    #1-7 SPIN-Farming Basics

    Contained in these seven guides is everything you need to get operational and generating cash flow quickly – a business concept, farm design, startup costs, infrastructure and equipment, detailed day-to-day workflow, crop selection, pricing strategies, revenue targets, financial benchmarks, and marketing options.

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  • #7 SPIN Marketing

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    #7 SPIN Marketing

    Creating a farm brand identity…A few words about organic…Marketing options…Community Supported Agriculture Programs(CSA)…Restaurant sales…Contract growing…Home deliveries…Buying clubs…Farm stands…Farmers markets…Stand display…Selling your produce…Professional marketing practices…Mix and match multiple unit pricing

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How do you start an income producing home-based, backyard or urban farm?

Here’s the answer – 8 case study models based on actual experience that illustrate a different context, scale and crop repertoire. Each will help you see how you can get a backyard farm business in and off  the ground quickly, affordably and successfully, working alone, or with family and friends. Mix and match them to create a farm that fits into your lifestyle, life cycle and location.

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Here are in-depth lessons on the backyard farming topics we get asked about the most.

  • Dig Deeper # 3: Quick Greens

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    Dig Deeper # 3: Quick Greens

    While greens are the cash crop for many a SPIN farmer, quick greens are not yet widely grown. Learn how to grow Quick Green crops every 2 weeks, sell them for as much as $50/lb., and generate $6k to $12k throughout the season from just 1,000 sq. ft. Includes 44 photos.

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  • Dig Deeper # 4 : Rainbow Carrots

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    Dig Deeper # 4 : Rainbow Carrots

    One of the reasons SPIN farmers are successful is that they are constantly thinking up new ways to make money, and one of the best ways is to introduce new products. Dig Deeper # 3 described how to grow and market a new class of greens called Quick Greens. This guide will explain how to get creative with carrots. Includes 41 photos.

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Your purchase comes with a free trial membership in the SPIN farmers online learning hub, Backyard Riches. There you get online learning sessions and a private online support group where you can connect with those who are pioneering and tweaking SPIN-Farming around the world. Brainstorm with those who have “been there”, or who are willing to help figure it out if they haven’t. Most do not come from farm families and don’t want to take on the traditional burdens of owning hundreds of acres of land, investing piles of money and making a big lifestyle change. They just want to make money growing food to meet the needs of their local communities. Sound like you? Then join in! Look for the invitation in your email after you purchase.