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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.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: "I can see how these methods could help to address critical community-wide issues such as local jobs, entrepreneurship, food security, poverty, environmental issues..."
SPIN Gardening
Turn your garden into a significant food source with SPIN-Gardening™

Meet a SPIN farmer who’s
building a better future!

Curtis Stone, Kelowna BC

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A former band member of People for Audio, Curtis Stone is now the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a three quarter acre urban farm based out of Kelowna, BC. Having no prior experience as a farmer or gardener, Curtis started his farm simply out of a desire to be more autonomous, and to make a living by the triple bottom line principle. His farm employs one other person full time, and is still growing.

Curtis uses SPIN-Farming’s multi-locational approach. His operation is spread out amongst eight different urban plots, rented from homeowners, to grow vegetables for local distribution. In exchange for the use of their land, landowners receive a weekly basket of produce throughout the growing season. This mutually beneficial arrangement saves them the burden and cost of maintaining a lawn, while reducing their food costs and providing Curtis with growing space. All of his produce is grown with natural methods, meaning that no chemical fertilizers, sprays, or pesticides are used. In fact, he barely uses any fossil fuels at all because his operation is entirely pedal powered. Bicycles and custom built trailers serve all his transportation needs, including fresh produce deliveries to restaurants and the Farmers Market, as well as the transport of compost and equipment, including a 400 lb. rototiller.

A bike tour down the west coast from Kelowna to San Diego in 2008 where Curtis visited off-grid homesteads, eco villages and urban farms, inspired him to try to make a difference. Using SPIN-Farming as a method of social change, Curtis is demonstrating that a transition away from a food system that is energy intensive, environmentally destructive and socially inequitable is not only easy and fun, but also profitable.

Green City Acres has now completed three successful seasons and Curtis is a case study example that the SPIN production system can be successfully implemented by anyone who wants to heed the calling to farm. During his off-season, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story and inspiring a new generation of 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.