1. Refresher Courses

    Refresher Courses

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinWatch replays of our instant learning sessions to get better at SPIN. Get better at what matters most to your business success. JUNE: Talkin'Operations with Wally-o Wally's moving his home base about 2.5 hours northeast. What worked when he was 5 minutes from market isn't going to work now...

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  2. Basket Case

    Basket Case

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinHere’s a small touch that can generate a big increase in sales – offering a shopping basket at your stand. It works in several ways. It makes it much easier for customers to load up if they aren’t having to juggle different items and encourages impulse buys. It also...

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  3. A Cooler Startup

    A Cooler Startup

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinCourtesy Roxanne C., Philadelphia, PA An aspiring flower farmer planning to start up in 2018 has been thinking through with us whether or not to invest in a cooler. Here are some of the considerations. If you opt to take SPIN’s low road and launch without a cooler, it...

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  4. Wanna be a flower farmer?

    Wanna be a flower farmer?

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinCourtesy of Roxanne C., Philadelphia PA Farm to Vase. Slow Flowers. Floral Foraging. Handcrafted Heirlooms. Seasonal Blooms. The 50 Mile Bouquet. Sound sort of familiar? All the groundbreaking trends that powered the local food movement are now doing the same for local flowers. Is it a good time to...

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  5. Use Your Natural Advantage

    Use Your Natural Advantage

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinA big benefit of backyard farming is that you can make the same level of income as traditional farmers, but eliminate their expensive and sometimes environmentally harmful practices. Take pest management. A lot of the concern about the safety and quality of our food is because of pesticides. Backyard...

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  6. Backyard Farmers Target Cat People

    Backyard Farmers Target Cat People

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinCourtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon, SK Cat grass is a good niche crop. Many of your customers will have cats, and who doesn’t want to treat their cat? Most cat people are familiar with cat grass, so there is no need for a hard sell,...

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  7. Do You Ever Get Too Old For Backyard Farming?

    Do You Ever Get Too Old For Backyard Farming?

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinCourtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK Over the 10 years I’ve been doing SPIN-Farming workshops this question comes up at just about every one. SPIN-Farming is certainly more labor intensive than riding around on a tractor all day. And I know I’m not getting any...

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  8. Create Your Own Supply Chain

    Create Your Own Supply Chain

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinCourtesy of Roxanne C., Philadelphia PA It took several generations to dismantle local food supply chains but SPIN farmers like Mary Ackley, owner/operator of Little Wild Things City Farm in the heart of DC, are rebuilding it pretty quickly, without Trump-size infrastructure investment or government policy changes. All she’s...

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  9. Farming in Plain Sight

    Farming in Plain Sight

    Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinCourtesy of Roxanne C.,Philadelphia PA The beauty of SPIN-Farming is that it can use spaces that are not suitable for traditional farming. Any remnant of land that measures at least 1,000 sq. ft. can contribute enough production and revenue to be worth a farmer’s time. So when you put...

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