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  1. Hey buddy. I'm getting serious this year but I need certain items. Primarily a cooler, rototiller, bike trailer. If you have any dependable equipment you aren't using let me know. I'm growing only carrots, 2 varieties of mixed lettuce, arugula, beets, tomatoes and peppers. Keeping it simple. I've got a plot in the Glenmore, but need somewhere to put my tomatoes. Any suggestions?

  2. Curtis, did you ever screw up every now and then with a chef? Whether it was your first one or fifth one? Like maybe the found some dirt in your produce or some random spots on the leaves of the produce, any little thing that could turn a chef or his customers off? If so, how did you salvage the situation?

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us! I am an entrepreneur and it is great to see others history in their passions. It is encouraging when I feel down to watch you!!!!

  4. I'm glad you mentioned the Pareto Principal. That has been a game changer in my life this year. Richard Koch definitely opened my eyes to being more efficient and focusing on what really matters. I encourage everyone to look into Richard Koch 80/20 manager book. It was at my local library.

  5. I have a question.. after watching this, and being in the position of wanting to get our market started on our land, we are trying to prioritize how to approach things. Would you say it's better to spend the available money for workshops and training, or would you start investing in infrastructure? We are starting biz plan and plan on applying for USDA loan and are also waiting for equip high tunnel. My thought is that it would be wise to get training and understanding of processes and how things flow first so that when we have financial capacity to get infrastructure purchased, we'll be in a position where we have a better grasp of what to do with it all. I'd be interested to hear your take… Especially since it's your workshop we're interested in. No bias, there, I'm sure! 😉

  6. Wow you must have been really fit with 10 hours of pedal power.
    With all those varieties of crops you must have really gotten to know their characteristics and how well they do for your climate.

  7. Curtis, you have such a cool background story with the bike! As a graphic designer, I feel like you should incorporate a bike into your logo somehow because I really like this story it has with it. Cool beginnings!

  8. Curtis, it would be great if you could talk about introducing "new"(and I use that term loosely) products to the buying public. As a former chef myself, and increasingly a grower these days, I'm constantly amazed at how reluctant the public is to even try new products. For instance: I've grown dozens of varieties of tomatoes over the years and I've gradually narrowed them down to about 6 or 7 . The other day a neighbour came over and I offered her some cherry tomatoes. There were three varieties: an orange one, a darker orange and a very red cherry tom. Guess which one she chose? (even after I had told her it was the least flavourful of the three) Carrots too. I've grown purple, yellow, white and orange varieties and people only seem to want what they know, not what tastes the best. I realize farmers need to grow things that sell, so catering to their markets is a necessity, but what about educating people (even chefs) about different varieties, especially if they taste superior to others? I realize it's not the biggest priority for farmers, but could you speak about this a bit in one of your vids? Keep up the great work. Cheers!

  9. I needed this video, I have turned down offers for land that are about 30 to 40 minutes away from me, but at the same time I have had to accept plots that are at least 30 minutes away from me north and south of me because the interest near me is hard to come by and the only local news that pretended to be interested has never followed up with me, even though they asked me to follow up with them and I have…so, its a struggle to find plots all relatively close to me. Not to mention some close plots I have had to turn down because of shade obstruction, people in Camden County, New Jersey love their tress and refuse to offer their front lawn because of what neighbors will think or say. So pedal power right now is not realistic. Oh and my furthest plot is actually my best plot, so its being used for quick crops because everything just grows well there.

  10. I think this video and part one have been some of the more helpful videos to me, personally. It helps to learn from others mistakes. Thanks, excited for part 3,4,5,6,…100

  11. Thanks for taking the time to give us this valuable perspective from your past. A careful and mindful reflection of the hits and misses is your gift to your followers.
    This video REALLY reinforces the feeling I have expressed in other comments. Your ability to just start talking, make an ineresting and thoughtful story come to life, all in (seemingly) one try is just amazing. I am aware that this talent does not come without work and emotional energy.
    Lastly, keep in mind that these videos are also a gift you are giving to your daughter. She will grow up with the "Daddy Curtis", but this gives her a window into the "pre-Daddy" life you have lived. I know she will treasure these videos.
    All the best.

  12. I find myself thinking "am I wasting my time?" A lot with certain things I do on the farm.. It's comforting to here you "wasted" a lot of time your first year too, because it has really started to get to me. I have poor water pressure and one big thing I feel myself wasting time on is moving the flip flop sprinkler ever twenty minutes and hand watering when the thing won't work. You're an inspiration, thanks a lot.

  13. Great insight Curtis these little nuggets of successes and failures in those early days are gold for anyone thinking of doing the same. just as important if not more so than here's how to sow seed, tarps, set up irrigation etc.

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