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SPIN Farming
Watch a 3 minute video of how SPIN-Farming was used to create a model urban farm in Philadelphia, PA.
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Meet a SPIN farmer who thinks different!

Andy Pressman, Jaffrey, NH

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Raised in Columbus, OH, the home of many fast food chains, Andy Pressman has always searched for ways to grow healthier and sustainably-raised food for his family and community. Andy grew up with the mantra “bigger is better”, the guiding principle of Midwest agriculture, but he always thought differently. He sought out farmers and teachers who would show him sustainable ways to build soil, grow food and make money. As a beginning farmer, he worked on diversified farms, raising vegetables, fruits, medicinal herbs and livestock. After a few years in the fields throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England, he returned to school to pursue his interest in Permaculture and small-scale agriculture, eventually earning a Master’s degree in Sustainable Systems Design and Agroecology.

After school, Andy returned to farming in Virginia and then in Pennsylvania. In 2007, he became an Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and demonstrate small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to agriculture and energy. Moving to the city with a family and full-time career, Andy discovered SPIN- Farming, a system that would allow him to stay involved in farming by turning his yard into a commercial farm. So, as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. In the case of SPIN-Farming, the teacher was a computer, and SPIN’s online learning series. But when Wally Satzewich, SPIN’s developer, took to the road to do workshops, Andy was one of the SPIN master’s first students. Shortly thereafter, Andy oversaw the implementation of the first University-based SPIN farm in the U.S.

Andy and his family now live in Southern New Hampshire, which is known as the Granite State because the soil is mostly made up of rocks, so farming small plots intensively is a big advantage there. He also continues his work with NCAT, conducting workshops and providing technical assistance on small-scale intensive farming. Andy says that because SPIN-Farming has taught him how to handle his time and land more efficiently, he makes more money, while having more time to spend with his family and working with other farmers.

SPIN Corps

How can you join the SPIN Corps?

SPIN Corps members need at least one season of generating income with SPIN-Farming. The next steps are explained in this guide.