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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Resources to Get You Out of the Starting Blocks

John Dysinger

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  • November 30, 2017
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If you have the Father as we continue this morning we just want. You to add that you will see the sense there in the focus that we will not. Sidetracked with. Financial issues or looking at the scene in possibility we trust and. Jesus. OK So I think just for this hour we're going to be. Going over some resources and information that I feel as I was telling Ron the other day I feel like the session you just heard about why we should be doing this and this 1 are the most important 1 you can get because honestly in the next 9 or 10 hours you know we're going to be touching the surface of a lot of things but here you have resources that can take you deeper and so we're going to we're going to go into this in depth and then in the next however many hours we have you're going to hear me referring to some of the people I'm going to introduce you to right now and you will it will make more sense if we have the resources handed out at the beginning so I thought we could start with a little history. Modern History of market gardening. And. It's a little hard to know where to start but. In our country back in the thirty's forty's there were people call and Helen Mirren. Any of you heard Scott and Helen Nearing Probably not they were academics they were very I think university professors who got tired of. Modern American life course this was. Many years ago but still it's that time day they said you know this is. Where we want something different and they moved up to Vermont and Homestead you know what I mean when I think homes you know basically we're trying to be self-sufficient. And they were some books on it. 1 was called Well the 1 that I'm familiar with is called The Good Life and is actually quite fascinating because although they are spiritual outlook was very different than ours they had some amazing. Truths they were v get. Back before I think the term was invented and. They were big and they were teetotallers no alcohol no cigarette none of that very health minded and I think maybe most importantly they believed in the dignity of manual labor. And really. The dignity of man the labor and then they value the simple life and it's really quite convicting to read some of their work and say wow. We've missed something here because they actually had quite a following that would come up to their place they were in Vermont. And they they did a maple syrup. Operation and that was the way they earn their what they call bread money you know anything that they couldn't grow themselves they earned money for many people sir to provide Well a big the resort bought up the mountain behind them and they. They moved to the coast of Maine. And there they started the blueberry. HATCH And that was the way they earn their bread money I don't want to get too sidetracked on this but the point is that their experience is they wrote about attractive a young man named Elliot Coleman. And Eliot Coleman who grew up in a very a fluid family in New Jersey but as many young people who grow up in a fluent life say they realize you know there's got to be something more than lie in this this is satisfying ele home and read the nearest book and he went to visit them and he was fascinated and fell in love with the agrarian life and he was into adventure sports he. Had some good conversations he told me he got a master's in Spanish literature not because he wanted he had that much interest from Spanish literature but it was because he wanted to be able to spend the. Spend the winter in Philly. Are in Tina I forget which 1 it was so you could ski year round. He was beginning to ski skiing so anyway when he when he got turned on agriculture he said you know this is the greatest adventure sport ever. Because it's the mountain it's never summit. Can you imagine being in to adventure sports hero to rock climbing. And. Kayaking whitewater kayaking and here he finds this challenge that he can never conquer. And so that was I think he was in is late twenty's and he's he's now I think in his mid seventy's still trying to summon the mountain and that gives you an idea a Agriculture is you know every year you say this is the year we've we're all the mistakes now we're going to summon this melt we're going to conquer it. And every year Nature throws you a curve ball and you never quite. Anyway so Eliot Coleman went on No just interesting sidelight he near him these were so impressed with him that they offered to sell him some of their money and. They had bought it at this is the coast of Maine I don't know that you've been They're beautiful. They had bought it like $50.00 an acre. And so 20 years later when Elliot Coleman came along they sold it to him for $50.00 an acre. As their view even though they weren't Christian was we want to pass this on pass the blessing on to somebody else Elliot Coleman has sent hold a number of pieces of his land in he always sells it 50 dollars and. Even though it's probably worth. At least $50000.00 in a. Neat manner but now it Coleman learned from the new areas and then he says he was he got the kind of mind he's always thinking. You know how can I do this better how can I make it more simple so he decided to go to Europe which has more of a tradition of small scale agriculture and learn from well particularly learn from the French who are doing. These these intensive market gardens around France this is fact you know in the. Fifty's sixty's seventy's. So he went there and learned in came back to Maine and started applying it and eventually wrote this book the new organic growth or. Indices the 1st 1 on your resource list so I'm not getting off too far we're talking about these books this is the blog that I. I like to say there 2 thing that that got me into agriculture 1 was specifically the quote My wife read that no dividing a man has ever improved upon 1 you understand that and you believe. And the 2nd thing with this book I bought this book before we ever started Marty's gardening we were living in the country and wanting to have a garden and this book was so good and as I read it I said you know I think I could enjoy this he makes it sound so enjoyable. This book it says it's revised and expanded 2nd edition but it's still getting rather dated it was it was published in 1995 updated decision. But I still recommend it I wish I had my coffee if you could see how it's done I've year to insert it is and it's literally falling apart because this was my constant companion in the garden he's just so practical you know showing you how to hold the tools and how to. I mean just a lot of really really good information so in my opinion this is this is the place to start on your journey into market gardening. Now I will say on this list if you look through it all I realize it's very American and I I you know almost took off with the suppliers and stuff because I'm thinking well this isn't going to be relevant I want you but I left them on just because. You can go on the Web sites you can look at stuff and give you ideas and you know it's not impossible to get seeds from the states Rudd BAILEY I think is learning through trial and error how to get them from the state you know because there are a variety that may not be available here so anyway I left all that information on the air realizing that it may not be really relevant to you that maybe you can you can some of the Web sites are very educational Johnnie's websites on the selected seed. Has a lot of good information on it. So you'll hear me talk about Elliot Cohen and I consider him my mentor and it was a very I don't want to get to sidetracked with stories let's make sure what. This goes to leaven the 45 right. Always an 1130 degree starkly. To. Make this or that. OK. Let's let's get through this and there's time I can tell you well know I'll just tell you quickly because this this was. Not only really pivotal for us but also for my son who I'll tell you more about later. I always wanted to meet Elliot call me and he was coming to Nashville which is the closest city where you live Nashville Tennessee but he was doing a seminar on Sabbath. And you know we've chosen not to do those things on the Sabbath so I was kind of feeling a little. Going to happen and my daughter who I think was about 16 at the time got it in her head that she was going to write Ellie. And so she wrote to him and she just explained how her father had patterns is our Master Elliott arm and we were coming to the conference because it was on the Sabbath and there be a possibility of any other time when you could meet me and we could talk and this was all without my knowing. So she sent the letter and he he responded and said I'd love to meet your father how about breakfast Sunday morning and so she had great joy and I still have it in lie my Ellie holding the book and invitation she wrote up for breakfast with Elliot Coleman and that was the special special thing for me and he said and I hope you'll come too so she came and along with my brother and I we had a wonderful visit and he invited us up to his far to spend some time and that was where my son. Got inspired to start make can fool for small farms and maybe we can talk more about that later on but just a example of how standing for something Perkins to pull opened up doors that probably never would have opened otherwise and you know not only is not only being blessed by earning a good income from anything tools but literally and I don't say this because he's my son but this tool right here about lay there has revolutionize the market gardening world. So praise God right God is good. So this text was kind of it in the marquee gardening world for many years Elliott Coleman is the 1 that came up with the 30 inch wide bed which I realize again we're dealing with inches and centimeters so we're going to have to work with that but this is now the standard for market garden is a 30 inch wide bed and all the tools are designed for a 30 inch bed. So now what it was was where everyone went and how this book came out some years ago let me see it came out in English. In 2014 came out in French in 2012 John of our town 48 is a French Canadian. And he is a young guy well he's probably in his. Late 35 now he. Talked the new organic growth over and basically took the principles from there and revised them and updated to him for the 21st century and has a few twists of his own that he brought into where and this book started a 2nd wave. Of the market gardening revolution because this is is literally it's the closest thing I know of to a handbook that you can take this. All of it and be successful at it. And because he's young he came you know he's called the rock star. And the market gardening world and this huge wave of young people. Said wow you know maybe this is attainable cuz I need the point now this this guy is farming an acre and a half. Making $150000.00 on an acre and a half in 6 months of marketing. And he's saying I'm doing this in Canada which. Here where it gets cold you can do it too and so this really turned a lot of people on to market gardening and literally I mean I don't know if it's good or bad because all of the sudden the competition has just exploded in our area. This guy comes through Australia every year. And New Zealand putting on seminars but then there was another young guy from Canada and I know some of you have heard of him Curtis Stone. Urban farmer how many of you have. Curtis has literally hundreds of videos on You Tube you can get an education in market gardening just from his videos yet another young Canadian He's from the west side of Canada who now currently the latest I heard he's he's earning a $100000.00 off a quarter of an A. Quarter of an acre farming people's yard in the city. Now interesting Lee enough. He was just with my son and telling him that he has just bought an 11 acre farm and is going to be developing that So that's going to be interesting to see where he goes from here but. This guy also because he's so visible on you too has. Really these 2 guys John Meyer ton We call him J.M. and Curtis Stone have really taken market gardening to the next level and. Are doing amazing things so that goes through well let me just show you 1 other book which probably isn't so relevant for you here and let's hear from. Tory Are any of you from Victoria. All of you from New South Wales are you queen. OK so you don't have much winter really but we have. Bozo enough winter. So this book Eliot call my luck and say that in Maine. Which if you know American geography that was at the 44th latitude so you can transpose that to the southern hemisphere I think that's way down probably Tez mania or somewhere down there. And he's growing now year round in unheated structures. So again this this was like another wave of the market gardening revolution that you can actually grow year round in very cold climates without high tech very expensive green houses simple 1 layer of plastic and 1 layer of floating rope have. We read this or actually was the precursor to this. Back in the early 2000 and started when there's a 2003 based on his experiment and knowledge we've been running that ever since. So this is a strangely it's really the only thing out there only serious thing on winter growing again being in the southern hemisphere you're going to have to transpose everything but all of the all the basic principles would apply. Stream Li influential book. And the books and information is just mushroom me you know I we tell people you should never have to go through what we went through now that doesn't mean you're going to have an easy time you're going to have your child and hardships but there's so much information out there now that you shouldn't have to go through years of learning in the school of hard not. OK what else the lean farm this book came out just 2 or 3 years ago have any of you heard of lean manufacturing it's kind of a Toyota thing it's it's a way of looking at. The manufacturing process from the viewpoint of eliminating waste and only focusing on those things that are actually making money and so this book does a masterful job. Of applying those lean principles this is you know the lean message came out of Japan Toyota has been the champion of that and that's part of the reason why. They do so well. So he does a masterful job of helping farmers. Apply those same lean methods to the far end become much more efficient you know when you think about farmers you think about somebody working. Super long hours and. Getting very little return and just slaves to the farm Well the amazing thing about this new wave of small farmers and the reason why I'm sharing all of this with you well let me just back up and say I really feel strongly that this is not about money. It's about a lifestyle that God has called those who it's about serving others so I want to make sure that's clear and I throw around these numbers just to help you see what people are doing not suggesting that you'll ever reach those kind of numbers or even that you should but I want to get rid of the myth that don't go into farming because there's no money there that is just patently false. People are making a good living. And J.M.. And Curtis. And somebody else will talk about just a few minutes these people are working 40 hours a week. 5 days a week. They're not only to their farm they are living what most people would call a very balanced life 40 hours or less then Hartman is working much less than 40 hours. He's got a young kid he doesn't want to spend all his time on the farm. And so. I share these not because they have none of them well I think BEN HARTMAN is a Christian none of these other guys are even Christians although I'm convinced God is working with them in the garden and you know we we've been able to meet all of them because. Of his work and the inroads that is made and. We're praying for them because I believe there are a lot closer to the Lord and they are real. Being in the garden it's often the person. So this is another excellent book and then this is a new 1 that just came out like a month ago I haven't even finished reading this the lean far guy to growing vegetables so this book is really focused on the principles of leaning your farm up but this book then you know a lot of people said hey you know we want more practical examples how are you applying this on your farm so he wrote this sequel and this is taking the lean principles from this book and showing you how he uses them on his farm he has a very small operation less than an acre he hires. I think he was saying hires you know 1 or 2 people part time to help him he's grossing around 90000. You know most farms the nets. You use that term of year net and how it was then that is between 40 and 50 percent of gross that seems to be pretty much across the board with small arms sold. Yeah so he's making enough to provide And again I realize the cost of living here is probably a little higher than in the states as you have to factor all that in. OK. I don't have a copy of sustainable market farming with me that's another excellent book market forming success family friendly farming these are all good Clarks if you're if you have a family and you're wanting to instill in them the value of farming and hoping that they might carry on for the next generation that family friendly farming book by Joel salad that is excellent is really good tips he's very well known he's the Elliot Coleman the meat it's the small meat industry you know. Grass fed beef and in poultry and all of that I'm sure that's probably how do you hear like it is in the States you know as as compared to factory farms where they're confined and. Grain and. So Joel Saltz in his main from a neighbor who's out there and I know he's been a number of times the greenhouse and who pounds the growers handbook. 1 thing you'll find out we'll talk about more as we go through the course is that. Are growing undercover. It is. So much better you get so much higher quality produce and you know you're you're limiting your. Environmental variables to a certain degree so. This book what this book does is takes all the techniques of the big guys from Holland and the big rovers that are doing this on a large scale and helps you to apply them on a small scale. Why doesn't everybody get up and stretch a little you know it's hot in here and were sitting too much. Don't want anybody to fall asleep you might miss how something important. So again this is then to leaven 30 is that right OK. Growing for market magazine Yeah you're welcome to walk around a little bit it won't bother me I'm drawing for market magazine again it were probably be pretty expensive for you to get a paper subscription from the state. But it is also available electronically I feel like if I did you know. Here. There's the set and I may need this this is the 1 I have free we can print off more. If we need to just just remind me to do that. Growing for market magazine ism magazine written specifically for market gardeners and by market gardeners So it's very very practical people sharing what has worked for them what hasn't worked for them I look forward to every issue. Feel like every issue I I. More than paid for the whole years of scription So I'm kind of I like to read the. Best way I learn so I know everybody in different words that if you're the kind that learns well from reading I would highly recommend that and of course all the books. Another good book the organic farmers business handbook. How to Really if you're into I know I heard there's something counts and hear something if you're into the. Crunching numbers on spreadsheets this is a good book too and basically the whole book is is really about you know counting because you really know how much it's costing you to produce it's very easy for farmers to kind of go off solve that over you know and. Actually I don't think this 1 is even on the list. So I apologize for that. The organic farmers business handbook I believe Rod have you have or are these books available in Australia. I mean I think Chelsea Green would have some presence here most of the. Children or. We refer to the straight. People which. Mean I'm pretty good you're a whip so I'm. Not smart her last time all. Right. And. That's probably the best. Piece. Of the French. Richard whiz wall Richard whizzed wall W.I. as to view a L L. So you really try to feed off werewolf with the. Live look if you look you know this is. Yeah it's good to have right here unknown can't be here all the time that feel free to. Give the Ozzie perspective this. OK then I want to spend a few minutes on the Internet resources again and things are just booming farmers friend L.L.C. dot com is is my son's website where he's so the brains Harvester aligned with the high road we've heard that he can steam out with a month or 2 ago. And we'll talk more about the tools later but. Yeah you know most of the things coming to Australia are this shipping is quite costly but it's amazing how many he's selling to us rally in New Zealand. Quite regularly she delivers and the N.H.L. usually which is pretty reliable. We don't have time to go through all of these square up if you're going to do farmer's market. Where is an incredible tool that Rod can testify to. It's a way to take credit card payments with with you know an i Phone or peripherally an i Pad but it does so much more than that it has a. You use it as a cash register you can put all your produce in there and very easily you know calculates your totals and everything but it does so much more than that it keeps records of exactly what was sold and you can go back from last year you know the same market last year you can see exactly what you sold so it helps you to know for planning purposes how many punches of radishes you need to bring to market and if it's sold it will tell you. When you know the hours that you sold it so you know if if the selling ended at 3 in your market goes 6 you didn't have near enough radish and you need to tune so it's an incredibly useful tool that I would highly recommend. You don't have to be online for. Only 1. Difference between the math is not good. For you from. You know all these tools that have come out are just making it easier and easier now it's not easy. But it's just helping. OK And then I want to make sure you know maybe we can come back if you have questions on any of these things come back later on and so on the on the 3rd page farmer to farmer Pod Cast dot com If you have a way to to download pod casts. I would highly recommend those especially now you know they are kind of geared for a little wider audience you know you'll have farmers sharing their experience that are maybe growing 2030 acres which you know in small farms that's a big small town. And so you may not feel like that is relevant you know in the next session we're going to talk about why I really am. And pushing like really small farms a year and a half or less. That's my passion so anyway but there's a lot of information that you can glean from those and apply them to really small farms but all these ones I mentioned are all doing it on this kind of really small scale. Yeah no. Use when it's on going for you or you. Know a common way. Every would be front of every. Whole way. And little. Survivor rules are there's now what is the 160 years in the something like that is. 1 of them and. You know I don't. Know when. The next 1 is You Tube urban farmer the stone I hope that's right years I think it is anyway you go on youtube and search for Curtis hours and hours of videos on there covering every aspect of small farming. Perma culture voices is another pod cast that Kernis film has gone through at least 2 seasons are 2 years where he gives kind of a weekly update on how it's farm doing what he's learning what he's doing so this is so many resources and then there's another section of this perma culture voices I haven't quite figured out how it all fits together to call creative destruction. Which sounds like a funny term but I actually looked it up and it actually is. An economics. Creative destruction that. Has a meaning. But. Anyway in that creative destruction podcast there's 3. Streams 1 for for meat producers 1 for small market farmers and 1 for my Korean growers. And so that small market farmer wine is particularly helpful if I convince you that that's the way you should go. Because it's specifically interviewing farmers who are just doing in a hurry too so that's a great resource and then the last 3 we'll just talk about in the last minute that we have here perma culture voices no sorry profitable urban farming dot com that is Curtis Stone's online course he has a full online course that he has put together I've known people who hate for you know. Just an advertisement here. People going to college I don't know how much college costs here. Maybe it's not all free is that. I mean in the states to go to agonise college $25000.00 a year. You know $100000.00 for 4 year degree. Then many of those people can't get jobs. I mean I don't I don't want anybody to say on down in college. Question that. I don't think it's for everybody let me just put it leave. So to spend a few $1000.00 to hit an education as a market farmer. I mean. Never say farm I want to talk about this a bit because Conor Crick more. As I sit here is taking the market garden revolution to new heights with the amazing profitability of fish whose farm he's growing in New York we went to visit his farm last fall and we were blown away he'd never seen a farm So Christine you have to search to find who we are or us. It's just amazing. And this guy without any tractor he doesn't even use the B.C.'s walk behind truck here he's making over $350000.00 on less than a year and. He believes he can take it up to 500. Dollars. Now he has just come out with a course an online course that's the new thing all these guys are doing Rada actually has signed I'm jealous because I won. Anyway oh I'll see you soon who later but his forte is systems he has an incredible mind to look at a farm and say How can I simplify it that's why he got rid of the B.C.S. that's why he only uses hand tools in his mind it was it was more efficient permanent bit it's an incredible system. Anybody who's going back to Ron's flays after this conference he gets your hands dirty. I'm going to convince him to show a few episodes of this online horse and I think it will convince you. It would be worth your money and then finally summer Tun also is jumping on the back and wagon and he's got an online course coming out so you know you read the books you kind of decide whose style fits YOU course Connor more than have them. But. I would highly encourage you to try 1 of these online courses because you know there's hours and hours of information in there which we just don't have time to get into here so again in closing these guys are not Christian I'm not advocating everything they say or do but my take is this they have learned sisters and efficiencies that if we could use you know I don't need to earn $350000.00 I wouldn't know what to do with that much money. But if I can earn enough to provide for my family with less hours per week Jack gives me more time to a bit. More time to rub shoulders with my customers and so to me this is what this is all about it's not trying her no big money it's not trying to prove. You know your is good as such and. So and So it's a power. Being good stewards of the land being good stewards of our time and honoring God. OK That's a quick overview I think again I'm not going to talk about the catalogs because there are probably only a limited use to you and many of them have websites that are known for its OK very good song Let's take a break get some fresh air. This media was brought to you by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God's word through research and audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave the Visit W W W audio person. For your father's With this morning just 1. Of your. Financial issues or. OK so I can just sit for this and we're going to be. Going on for some resources and information that I feel as I was telling Ron the other day I feel like the session you just heard about why we should be doing this and this 1 are the most important ones you can get because honestly. In the next 9 or 10 hours you know we're going to be touching the surface of a lot of things but here you have resources that can take you deeper and so we're going to we're going to go into this in depth and then in the next however many hours we have you're going to hear me referring to some of the people I'm going to introduce you to right now and you will it will make more sense if we have the resources handed out at the beginning so I thought we could start with a little history. Modern History of market gardening. And. It's a little hard to know where to start but. In our country back in the thirty's forty's there were people call and Helen Neary. Any of you heard Scott and Helen Nearing Probably not they were academic They were very I think university professors who got tired of. Modern American life course this was. Many years ago but that time day they said you know this is. Where we want something different and they moved out to Vermont and homestead and you know what I mean when I think home you know basically we're trying to be self-sufficient. And they were some books on it. 1 was called Well the 1 that I'm familiar with is called The Good Life. And is actually quite fascinating because although they are spiritual outlook with very different than ours. They had some amazing. Truths they were v get. Back before I think the term was invented and. They were big and they were teetotalers no alcohol no cigarette none of that very healthy mind and I think maybe most importantly they believed in the dignity of manual labor. And really. The dignity of man the labor and then they value the simple life and it's really quite convicting to read some of their work and say wow. We've missed something here because they actually had quite a following that would come up to their place they were in Vermont. And they they did a maple syrup. Operation and that was the way they earned their what they called Bread money you know anything that they couldn't grow themselves they earned money for many people sir to provide Well a big to resort bought up the mountain behind them and they did OK that. Name moved to the coast of Maine. And there they started to do very. Much and that was the way they earn their bread money I don't want to get too sidetracked on this but the point is that their experience is they wrote about attractive a young man named Elliot Coleman. And Elliot Coleman grew up in a very a fluent family in New Jersey but as many young people who grow up in a fluent life say they realize you know there's got to be something more in life than this this is satisfying ele home and read the nearest book and he went to visit them and he was fascinated and fell in love with the agrarian life and he was into adventure sports he we had some good conversations he told me he got a master's in Spanish literature not because he wanted he had that much interest from Spanish literature but it was because he wanted to be able to spend the. Spend the winter in the chili. Are Argentina I forget which 1 it was so he could ski year round. He was big into skiing snow skiing so anyway when he when he got turned on agriculture he said you know this is the greatest adventure sport ever. Because it's the mountain it's never summit can you imagine being into eventually horse he returned to rock climbing you know and seeing entire act and whitewater kayaking in here you find this challenge that he can never conquer. And so that was I think he was in his late twenty's and he's he's now I think in his mid seventy's still trying to summon the mountains. And that gives you an idea of agriculture it's you know every year you say this is the year we've learned all the mistakes now we're going to come and this is now we're going to conquer it. And every year Nature throws you a curve ball and you never quite. Anyway so Eliot Coleman went on No just interesting sidelight he nearing his wrist so impressed with him and they offered to sell him some of their land. They had bought it at this is the coast of Maine I don't know if you've been there beautiful. They had bought it like $50.00 an acre. And so 20 years later when Elliot Coleman came along they sold it to him for $50.00 an acre. Because their view even though they weren't Christian was we want to pass this on pass the blessing on to somebody else Elliot Coleman has sent sold a number of pieces of his land in the always sells it always and. Even though it's probably worth at least $50000.00 in a. Neat manner but now it Coleman learned from the Nero's and then he said he was he got the kind of mind he's always thinking. You know how can I do this better how can I make it more simple so he decided to go to Europe which has more of a tradition of small scale agriculture and learn from the world particularly learn from the French who are doing. These are these intensive market gardens around crime this is fact you know in the. Fifty's sixty's seventy's. So he went there and learned and same back to Maine and started applying it and eventually wrote this book the new organic growth. In this is the 1st 1 on your resource list so I'm not getting off too far we're talking about these books this is the blog that I I like to say there are 2 things that that got me into agriculture 1 was specifically the quote my white bread that no dividing a man has ever intrude upon 1 you understand that and you believe it. And the 2nd thing with this book I bought this book before we ever started marketing gardening we were living in the country and wanting to have a garden and this book was so good and as I read it I said you know I think I could enjoy this he makes it sound so enjoyable. This book it says it's revised in expanded 2nd edition but it's still getting rather dated was it was published in 1095 updated decision. But I still recommend it I wish I had my coffee if you could see how I've year to insert it is and it's literally falling apart because this was my constant companion in the garden he's just so practical you know showing you how to hold the tools and how to. I mean just a lot of really really good information so in my opinion this is this is the place to start your journey into market gardening. Now I will say on this list if you look through it all I realize it's very American and I I you know almost took the suppliers and stuff because I'm thinking well this isn't going to be relevant I want you but I left them on just because. You can go on the Web sites you can look at stuff and give you ideas and you know it's not impossible to get seeds from the states rugby league I think is learning through trial and error how to get them from the state you know because there are a variety that may not be available here so anyway I left all that information on the air realizing that it may not be really relevant to you. Maybe you can you can some of the Web sites are very educational Johnnie's Web sites on the selected seed. Has a lot of good information on it. So you'll hear me talk about Elliot Coleman I consider him my mentor and it was a very I don't want to get to sidetrack when stories let's make sure what. This close to leaven the 45 right. Always an 1130 degree starkly. Limited vision that R.K.. OK. Let's let's get through this event there's time I can tell you well know I'll just tell you quickly because this was. Not only really pivotal for us but also for my son who I'll tell you more about later. I always wanted to meet Elliot call me when he was coming to Nashville which is the closest city where you live Nashville Tennessee but he was doing a seminar on Sabbath. And you know we chose not to do those things on the Sabbath so I was kind of feeling a little bummed that going to happen and my daughter who I think was about 16 at the time got it in her head that she was going to write Ellie. And so she wrote to him and she just explained how her father had patterns is our Master Elliott farm and that we were coming to the conference because it was on the Sabbath and there be a possibility of any other time when he could meet me and we could talk and this was all without my knowing. So she sent the letter and he he responded and said I'd love to meet your father how about breakfast Sunday morning. And so she had great joy and I still have in my my belly home and book an invitation she rode out for breakfast with Coleman and that was the special special thing for me and he said and I hope you'll come to so she came and along with my brother and I we had a wonderful visit and he invited us up to his far as spend some time and that was where my son. Got inspired to start make can fool for small farms and maybe we can talk more about that later on but just a example of how standing for something Perkins to pull opened up doors that probably never would have opened otherwise and you know not only is not only being blessed by earning a good income from a thing tools but literally and I don't say this because he's my son but this tool right here about lay there has revolutionize the market gardening world. So praise God right God is good. So this text was kind of it in the marquee gardening world for many years Elliott Coleman is the 1 that came up with the 30 inch wide bed which I realize again we're dealing with inches and centimeters so we're going to have to work with that but this is now the standard for market gardening is a 30 inch wide bed and all the tools are designed for a 30 inch bed. So Eliot was was where everyone went and you know this book came out some years ago I mean sea and came out an English. In 2014 came out in French in 2012 John Martin 48 is a French Canadian. And he is a young guy well he's probably in his. Late thirty's by now he took the new organic growth over and basically took the principles from there and revived them and updated them for the 21st century and has a few twists of his own that he brought into it as this book started a 2nd wave. Of the market gardening revolution because this is literally. The closest thing I know of to a handbook that you can take this book and follow it and be successful at it. And because he's young he became you know he's called a rock star in the and market gardening world and this huge wave of young people said wow you know maybe this is attainable because. I need to point out this this guy is farming in a print to have. $150000.00 on an acre and a half in 6 months of marketing. And he's saying I'm doing this in Canada which is way up there where it gets cold you can do it too and so this really turned a lot of people on to market garden and literally I mean I don't know if it's good or bad because all of a sudden the competition has just exploded in our area. This guy comes to Australia every year and New Zealand putting on seminars but then there was another young guy from Canada and I know some of you have heard of him Curtis Stone. Urban farmer how many of you have. Curtis has literally hundreds of videos on You Tube you can get an education in market gardening just from his videos yet another young Canadian He's from the west side of Canada who now currently the latest I heard he's he's earning a $100000.00 off a quarter of an A. Quarter of an acre farming people's yard in the city. Now interesting Lee enough. He was just with my son and telling him that he had just bought an 11 acre farm and is going to be developing that So that's going to be interesting to see where he goes from here but. This guy also because he's so visible on you too has. Really this is these 2 guys John Mark ton We call him J.M. and Curtis Stone have really taken market gardening to the next level and. Are doing amazing things so that goes through well let me just show you 1 other book which probably isn't so relevant for you here and let's hear from. Tory Are any of you from Victoria all of you from New South Wales queen. Because you don't have much winter really but we have. Those all anough winter. So this book Eliot call my luck and say is in Maine. Which if you know American geography that was at the 44th latitude so you can transpose that to the southern hemisphere I think that's way down probably Tess mania somewhere down there. And he's growing now year round in unheated structures so again this this was like another wave of the market gardening revolution that you can actually grow year round in very cold climates without high tech very expensive green houses simple 1 layer of plastic and 1 layer of floating rope. We read this or actually was the precursor to this. Back in the early 2000 and started when there's a 2003 based on his experiments and knowledge we've been running that ever since so this is a strangely this is really the only thing out there only serious thing on winter growing again being in the southern hemisphere you're going to have to transpose everything but all of the all the basic principles would apply. Stream Lee influential book. The books and information is just mushroom me you know I we tell people you should never have to go through what we went through now that doesn't mean you're going to have an easy time you're going to have your child and hardships but there's so much information out there now that you shouldn't have to go through years. Learning in the school of hard not. OK what else the lean farm just came out just 2 or 3 years ago have any of you heard of lean manufacturing it's kind of a Toyota thing it's it's a way of looking at. Manufacturing process from the viewpoint of a limb in the eating ways and only focusing on those things that are actually making money. And so this book does a masterful job. Of applying those lean principles this is you know the lean message came out of Japan Toyota has been the champion of that and that's part of the reason why. They do so well. So he does a masterful job of helping farmers. Apply those same lean methods to the far end become much more efficient you know when you think about farmers you think about somebody working super long hours and. Getting very little return and just. Slaves to the farm Well the amazing thing about this new wave of small farmers and the reason why I'm sharing all this with you well let me just back up and say I really feel strongly that this is not about money. It's about a lifestyle that God has called us to it's about serving others so I want to make sure that clear and I throw around these numbers just to help you see what people are doing not suggesting that you'll ever reach those kind of numbers or even that you should but I want to get rid of the myth that don't go into farming because there's no money there that is just patently false. People are making a good living. And J.M.S.. And Curtis. And somebody else will talk about in just a few minutes these people are working 40 hours a week. 5 days and they're not slaves to their farm they are living what most people would call a very balanced life 40 hours or less then Hartman is working much less than 40 hours. He's got a young kid. He doesn't want to spend all his time on the farm and so. I share these not because they have none of them well I think BEN HARTMAN is a Christian none of these other guys are even Christian although I'm convinced God is working with them in the garden and you know we been able to meet all of them because. My sons were and the inroads that is made and. We're praying for them because I believe they're a lot closer to war and they realize. Being in the garden has softened the earth. So this is another excellent book and then this is a new 1 that just came out like a month ago I haven't even finished reading. The lean far right to growing vegetables so this book is really focused on the principles of leaning your farm up but this book then you know a lot of people said hey you know we want more practical examples how are you applying this on your farm so he wrote this sequel and this is taking the lean principles from this book and showing you how he uses them on his farm he has a very small operation less than an 8th year he hires I think he was saying hires you know 1 or 2 people part time to help him he's grossing around 90000. And you know most farms the net you use that term of year net and how it was then that is between 40 and 50 percent of gross that seems to be pretty much across the board with small farms sold. Yeah so he's making enough to provide And again I realize the cost of living here is probably a little higher than the states as you have to factor all that in. OK you know. I don't have a copy of sustainable market farming with means that's another excellent book market farming success family friendly farming these are all good Clark if you're if you have a family and you're wanting to instill in them the value of farming in hoping that they might carry on for the next generation family friendly farming book by Joel salads and excellent really good tips he's very well know that he's the Elliot Coleman of the. Meat the small meat industry you know. Grass fed beef and poultry and all of that I'm sure that probably catching the air like it is in the States you know as as compared to factory farms where they are confined and said great and. So Joe south and his main firm a name for herself there and I know he's been just really a number of times to greenhouse and who pounce growers handbook. 1 thing you'll find out we'll talk about more as we go through the course is that. Growing undercover is. So much better you get so much higher quality produce and you know you're you're limiting your. Environmental variables to a certain degree. So. This book what this book is takes all the techniques of the big guys from Holland and the big rovers that are doing this on a large scale and helps you to apply them on a small scale. Why doesn't everybody get up and stretch a little you know it's hot in here and were sitting too much. Don't want anybody to fall asleep you might miss something important. So again this is then to leaven 30 is that right OK. Growing for market magazine Yeah you're welcome to walk around a little bit it won't bother me I'm drawing for market magazine again it were probably be pretty expensive for you to get a paper subscription from the state but it is also available electronically I feel like it's. Here. There's the set and I may need this this is the 1 I have free we can print off more. If we need to just just remind me to do that. Growing for market magazine ism magazine written specifically for market gardeners and by market gardeners So it's very very practical people sharing what has worked for them what hasn't worked for them I look forward to every issue. Feel like an every issue I I. More than paid for the whole year's subscription so I'm kind of I like to read the. Best way I learn so I know everybody in different words that if you're the kind that learns well from reading I would highly recommend that and of course all these books. Another good book the organic farmers business handbook. How to Really if you're into I know I heard there's something counts and hear something if you're into the. Crunching numbers on spreadsheets this is a good book too and basically the whole book is is really about you know counting because you really know how much it's costing you to produce it's very easy for farmers to kind of go off solve that over you know and. Actually I don't think this 1 is even on the list. So I apologize for that. The organic farmers business handbook I believe Rod have you have or are these books available in Australia. I mean I think Chelsea Green would have some presence here most of the. Children or. We refer to the straight. People which. Mean I'm pretty good you're a whip so I'm. Not smart Carol. All. Right all right. That's probably the best. Piece. But you have a friend who will improve Richard with Wall Richard whizzed wall W.I. as to view a L L. So you really try to feed off werewolf with the. Live look the people who know this is. All. Yeah it's good to have right here unknown can't be here all the time feel free to. Give the Ozzie perspective this is. OK then I want to spend a few minutes on the Internet resources again and things are just booming farmers friend L.L.C. dot com is is my son's website where he's so the brains Harvester aligned with the high road we've heard that he can steam out with a month or 2 ago plain Wieder and we'll talk more about the tools later but. Yeah you know most of the things coming to Australia are this shipping is quite costly but it's amazing how many he's selling to us rally in New Zealand. Quite regularly she delivers and the N.H.L. usually which is pretty reliable. We don't have time to go through all of these square up if you're going to do farmer's market. Where is an incredible tool that Rod can testify to. It's a way to take credit card payments with with you know an i Phone or peripherally an i Pad but it does so much more than that it has a. You use it as a cash register you can put all your produce in there very easily you know calculates your totals and everything but it does so much more than that it keeps records of exactly what was sold and you can go back from last year you know the same market last year you can see exactly what you sold so it helps you to know for planning purposes how many punches of radishes you need to bring to market and if it's sold it will tell you. When you know the hours that you sold it so you know if if the selling ended at 3 in your market goes sick you didn't have near enough radishes and you need to shoot and so it is an incredibly useful tool that I would highly recommend. You don't have to be online. Only on. The difference between the mad dog of. The same or a different. Challenge. You know all these tools that have come out are just making it. Easier and easier now it's not easy but it's just helping. OK And then I want to make sure you know maybe we can come back if you have questions on any of these things come back later on and so on the on the 3rd page farmer to farmer Pod Cast dot com If you have a way to to download pod casts. I would highly recommend those especially now you know they are kind of geared for a little wider audience you know you'll have farmers sharing their experience that are maybe growing 2030 acres which you know in small farms that's a big small town. And so you may not feel like that is relevant in the next session we're going to talk about why I really am. And pushing like really small farms acre and a half or less. That's my passion so anyway but there's a lot of information that you can glean from those and apply them to really small farms but all these ones I mentioned are all doing it on this kind of really small scale. Yeah on the phone for no. Use when it's on going for you or your I. Always come away. Every with the front of every. Whole way. And little. Survivor rules are there's Now what did the 160 years in the something like that is. 1 of them and. You know I don't. Know when. The next 1 is You Tube urban farmer the stone I hope that's right years I think it is anyway you go on youtube and search for Curtis hours and hours of videos on there covering every aspect of small farming. Perma culture voices is another pod cast that Kernis film has gone through at least 2 seasons or 2 years where he gives kind of a weekly update on how it's farm doing what he's learning what he's doing so this is so many resources and then there's another section of this perma culture voices I haven't quite figured out how it all fits together to call creative destruction. Which sounds like a funny term but I actually looked it up and it actually is. An economics. Creative destruction. But. Anyway in that creative destruction podcasts there's 3. Streams 1 for for meat producers 1 for small market farmers and 1 for my Korean growers. And so that small market farmer wine is particularly helpful if I convince you that that's the way you should go. Because it's specifically interviewing farmers who are just doing in your shoes so that's a great resource and then the last 3 we'll just talk about in the last minute that we have here perma culture voices no sorry profitable urban farming dot com that is Curtis Stone's online course he has a full online course that he has put together I've known people who hate for you know just an advertisement here. People going to college I don't know how much college costs here. Maybe it's not all free is that. I mean in the states to go to agonise college $25000.00 a year. You know $100000.00 for 4 year degree. Then many of those people can't get jobs. I mean I don't I don't want anybody to say on down in college. Question that. I don't think it's for everybody let me just put it leave. So to spend a few $1000.00 hit an education as a market farmer. I mean. Never say farm I want to talk about this a bit because Conor Crick more. As I sit here is taking the market gardening revolution to new heights with the amazing profitability of fish whose farm he's growing in New York we went to visit his farm last fall and we were blown away he'd never seen a farm So Christine you have to search to find who we are or us. It's just amazing. And this guy without any tractor he doesn't even use the B.C.S. walk behind truck here he's making over $350000.00 on less than a year and. He believes he can take it up to 500. Dollars. And he has just come out with a course an online course that's the new thing all these guys are doing Rada actually has signed I'm jealous because I won the you know. Anyway oh I'll see you soon who later but his forte is systems he has an incredible mind to look at a farm and say How can I simplify it that's why he got rid of the B.C.S. that's why he only uses hand tools in his mind it was it was more efficient. Permanent beds an incredible system. Anybody who's going back to Ron's flays after this conference he gets your hands dirty. I'm going to convince him to show a few episodes of this online horse and I think it will convince you. It would be worth your money and then finally summer Tun also is jumping on the back and wagon and he's got an online course coming out so you know you read the books you kind of decide whose style fits YOU course Conner more than have them. But. I would highly encourage you to try 1 of these online courses because you know there's hours and hours of information in there which you just don't have to get into here so again in closing these guys are not Christian I'm not advocating everything they say or do but my take is this they have learned systems inefficiencies that if we could use you know I don't need to earn $350000.00 I wouldn't know what to do with that much money. But if I can earn enough to provide for my family with less hours per week Jack gives me more time to a bit. More time to rub shoulders with my customers and so to me this is what this is all about it's not trying her no big money it's not trying to prove. You know your is good as such and. So and So it's a power. Being good stewards of the land being you the stewards of our time and honoring God. OK That's a quick overview I beginne I'm not going to talk about the pound wars because they're probably only of limited use to you in many of them have websites for me to OK very good song Let's take a break it's right here. This media was brought to you by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God's word through research and audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio or if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W audio.

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