Having started out part-time on 4,000 sq. ft. in 2018, Scott and Blythe Woods are now growing full-time on 20,000 sq. ft. (about half an acre). For a husband-wife team, owner-operated farm, that’s about the optimal size. The key, as Scott explains in this video, is pacing your expansion so you don’t overextend yourself. SPIN’s intensive relay growing method and system of land base allocation are the tools he used to do that.
Their local Adams County farmers market was their launching pad, and is still their main sales channel. But, like many SPIN farmers this past year, they found the pandemic’s silver lining online. E-commerce not only kept them in business, it is supporting an expansion.
In this 30 minute video they explain why flowers will be a big part of that – they are planting 5.000 sq. ft. of them this year. They also talk about partnering with other farmers, building an online business, on-farm events, losing farmland but gaining new customers, smart growth and lots more here.
There aren’t a lot of industries that can look back last year and say, ‘We had our best year ever’, but we did.”–Scott Woods
FOLLOW BLYTHE AND SCOTT DOWN THE GARDEN PATH TO FARM SIZE INCOME. USE THE GUIDES THEY DID TO GET STARTED HERE.