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The 12 steps what?

The 12 steps to farming is

  • A series of educational & Inspirational documentaries, webinars & interviews
  • A community of aspiring and experienced farmers
  • All about Urban, Vertical, High Tech, plant, mushroom, insect and ecosystem farming
  • The many different aspects of running an agriculture business. From the crops to grow, the technologies to use, to the marketing, business strategies, finances, policy, architecture and so much more

What steps?

  • Step 1 – Why do you Farm?
  • Step 2 – Story and background
  • Step 3 – How to chose your crops
  • Step 4 – Business Model
  • Step 5 – All about growing & technology
  • Step 6 – Resources, input & output
  • Step 7 –  Marketing & Customers
  • Step 8 – Partners or competitors
  • Step 9 – Location, Architecture & Agritecture
  • Step 10 – Financing
  • Step 11 – Law and Policy
  • Step 12 – Final advice

More info on each step

There is also a FB-group where you can connect to a global community of pioneering farmers!

Who are the 12 step farmers?

Funghi espresso 12 steps

Funghi Espresso – More food than resources

On Tuesday 13th of November 2018, at 14.00 CET, Funghi Espresso hosted a 12 steps Google Hangout, live from
their farm in Florence, Italy.

Plantgeek system

PlantGeek – Automation for Aquaponics

Plantgeek is a research team at the University of Agricultural Science in Cluj-Napoca. They are protagonists of high tech ecosystem farming, aka AMI-farming.

12 steps to urban or vertical farming Agritecture consulting team

Agritecture Consulting – New York City

Henry Gordon-Smith and Agritecture Consulting have started up many different Urban Farming projects. Learn from them, learn from the best.

Les Sourciers 12 steps to become an urban or vertical farmer

Les Sourciers – hydroponic farming in France

Les Sourciers are Marion Sourdois and Nicolas Sarlé, a Franco-Argentinian couple passionate about hydroponics and changing the food system. They’re the perfect example of the saying: “To change the world, start by changing yourself”.

Elaine Kung Agritecture Plus.Farm

Plus.Farm – DIY vertical farming system

The Plus.Farm is designed to be affordable, modular, customisable, and easy to use. This allows you to let your creativity go wild! We talked to Elaine Kung from Agritecture!

Oogstgoed – Community Supported Agriculture

A Belgian Urban farm that grows 200 different crops. They can do this because they apply a business model called Community Supported Agriculture aka CSA

Les 13 Blès – Goat farming for cheese

Les 13 blés is a GoatFarm connected to a Cheese Factory very close to the centre of France. It is run by the amazing Justine Floquet.

PLNT Antwerp Niels De Caigny 12 steps

PLNT – CEA farming in Antwerp

Learn from the best vertical farmer in Antwerp: Niels de Caigny! Via the 12 steps of PLNT you can learn about all aspects of running a Vertical farming.

Yara Nagi Sky Vegetables Rooftop Farm Bronx New York 12 steps to urban farming

Sky Vegetables – Rooftop greenhouse in the Bronx

Yara Nagi, operations manager at Sky vegetables talks about the 10.000sq ft Greenhouse, integrated into an apartment building in the Bronx, New York City!

12 steps Square roots Green food solutions Street leafs Electra Jarvis Jonathan bernard

Square Roots entrepreneurs – Electra & Jonathan

Find out how 2 vertical farming entrepreneurs had the same technology, the same location and the same guidance, but started up 2 very different businesses.

Plant control by LED light Wageningen University symposium

Plant Control by LED Lights – interviews at Wageningen university

On 19 October 2017, there was an important symposium at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). Many interviews were done about "Plant Control by LED lights".

Le Champignon de Bruxelles

Le Champignon de Bruxelles started with 3 friends. After reading some inspiring books, they discovered an emerging niche with an enormous potential to change the world for the good: the cultivation of mushrooms on organic waste sourced in cities.

Robbes Vertical Farm Finland Robert Jordas gutters

Robbes “Little” Garden – Finland

Want to combine the experience of the traditional greenhouse industry with vertical farming innovation? Then listen very carefully to Robert Jordas of Robbes in Finland.

Millibeter Insect Farming Johan Jacobs

Millibeter – Insect farming in Belgium

Is organic waste one of the most valuable raw materials Belgium has to offer? If you ask Johan Jacobs, he might say yes!

Niraj Ray Cultivate the city The Nationals rooftop Urban farm

Cultivate the City – Washington DC

If you start an Urban Farm, take advice from someone who made 25 of them happen. Listen to Niraj Ray from Cultivate the city in Washington DC.

Coolfarm – Indoor Farming automation

CoolFarm is a Portugal based company that unites a highly skilled and motivated team of horticulturists, biologists, software and hardware engineers, product designers and business experts. Together, they create solutions for the indoor farming needs.

Verticulture Aquaponic farming Miles Cretien

Verticulture – Aquaponic farming

Indoor Aquaponic farmers from NYC that provide fresh and highly nutritious food to economically and culturally diverse populations.

SmallHold mushroom farming New York

Smallhold – Mushroom farming in New York

2 skilled mushroom farmers from NYC bringing the farm to the consumer. How do they do it? Go and find out!

Zjef Van Acker yellow oyster mushroom pad en stoel 12 steps to farming

How NOT to run an urban mushroom farm – Part 1/3

In recent years Zjef Van Acker, one of the founders of the 12 steps to farming, has been working hard on establishing another urban agriculture project: Pad and Stoel, an urban mushroom farm in the city of Antwerp (Belgium). Learn about the the glorious mistakes that set the stage for the downfall of Pad en Stoel.

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