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Post  Paydirt on 4/21/2010, 10:32 pm

Is there anyone here using SFG for a large scale operation. This is my second year raising my own personal garden but I'm starting to think big. I have access to a lot of land and compost (manure mainly) and I'm interested in starting something of a commercial operation. I plan on starting off selling produce at farmers' markets and hope to expand to a CSA. Is there anyone else thinking along these terms?

I've gotten some crazy looks from some folks when I talked about this as farmers around here utilize conventional plow and row cropping. Love to hear some thoughts on this.
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Post  Jay Bird on 4/22/2010, 7:57 am

Last year I used wide raised bed method and sold all extra veggies at the farmers market along with fresh eggs and handcrafted leather products, when I found Mels book the bells went off. We all know how much work it is to garden conventionally and SFG takes the labor out of the picture. In my area Tomatoes, cuc's Okra and peppers are the best fresh veggie sellers and the canned goods do well also. So I builts 9 4'x12's and 6 4x4's and 2 2x12 boxes planted the main selling veggies and am anticipating a bubper crop to sell at the farmers market. If all goes well I will double the size next year. There is no way I could have grown any more in a conventional method it was just too much work!

All that being said next year the blackberries will be transplanted into boxes to reduce the grass and weed issues, 2 wide by 100' long times 3 rows.

Americans need to return to the buy american philosophy, local grown fresh veggies are better tasting and healthier as well as it keeps the money here in the great USA where it belongs!
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Post  Paydirt on 4/22/2010, 9:17 am

Thanks Jaybird, that's impressive. Amen on buying American, but also buying local. I'd rather support someone across town with my business than Wal-Mart. Hopefully more folks will do the same.
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Post  timwardell on 4/22/2010, 9:45 am

Hello PayDirt (love the username, btw),
Welcome to the Forum. I just saw the thread and had JayBird not already replied I would have introduced you to him. I hope both of you keep us all posted on your success. I'm excited by the possibilities and potential of seeing SFG executed on a large scale. I think it would hold great promise for alleviating hunger in many parts of the world - not to mention providing a viable income with much less work. I'm envious of both of you and hope you post some pics of your SFF's (square foot FARMS) once everything is growing.
Best of luck! Very Happy
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