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Seeding Rate Helps Answer Whether A Crop Is Worth Growing

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s  Market Garden, Pleasantdale SK The planning questions keep coming, and last week the big one was, “How do I know if a crop is worth growing?”

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Plant With Your Head as Well as Your Gut

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK “Go with your gut” is sometimes good advice. But if you want to succeed in business, you also have to

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Why Not Just Grow High Value Crops?

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK In planning discussions the question frequently comes up, “If you want to make money, why not just grow the highest

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Move Forward by Thinking Backwards

Courtesy of Jared Regier, Chain Reaction Urban Farm, Saskatoon SK Every bit of advice I encountered about starting a farm suggested not starting with any kind of CSA program in

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How to Scope Your Startup When Land Is Not an Issue

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK SPIN is closely associated with urban farming because it requires little space to support a farm business, and you don’t

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A Planning Method to Stick With

Courtesy of Jared Regier, Chain Reaction Urban Farm, Saskatoon SK So this is what a typical quiet evening at home looks like these days.  My wife Rachel snuck this photo

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Planting Plan for an Early Spring $1,000 Market Week

Courtesy of Adithya Ramachandran, Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens, Dundurn SK, Canada It looks like spring is arriving early this year in Saskatoon. My first plantings in high tunnels typically go in during

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For Staggered Plantings, Ignore the Spreadsheet

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK Success at any scale of farming requires continuous production of certain crops, such as green beans and onions, leafy greens

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Are Transplants Worth the Effort?

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK A frequent forum topic is whether to start your own transplants or buy them. Sounds like a simple cost/benefit analysis,

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How Much Land Do You Need to Support a 100 Member CSA?

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK  In the SPIN online support group, business models are debated as hotly as growing practices. A recent topic was CSA’s.

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