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The 12 steps to become an urban or vertical farmer – Step 12 – Final Advice

Welcome to the “12 steps
to become an Urban or Vertical farmer” This series brings you the stories of many different
Urban & Vertical farmers from around the world and the 12 steps they had to take
to become successful. To end their story, every farmer gave their
final advice to aspiring Urban and Vertical Farmers. This was so awesome that we
compiled all these answers into 1 video. This video! So sit back, enjoy …
and let the 12 step farmers give your their advice to help you start your urban
and vertical farming adventure! First of all you need to be convinced about
why you want to do it. That’s the most important thing If you’re not even convinced
about why, forget about it. You need for yourself to define
how you’re going to do it. Write the business plan. It’s not about having a business plan,
it’s about having a plan. If you don’t have a plan you’re screwed,
because you’re gonna run around and spend your money. You need a plan.
Have a strategy. Strategy can be very easy
but you need to have the plan. Okay, how are we going to get
to a point where this is a business? Because I mean….farming, you can do
farming as a hobby, which is fine. but then you need another job
to sustain a hobby if you want your farming
to become your livelihood you need to have a plan
and then you just need to go for it because you like doing it and you
know why you want to be doing and just need to go 100%. I think what I would say…
you need to see this experience as an… ….as an experience of life a little
bit you need to see it like that. That it will teach you so many things about yourself. and that it will bring you lots of things to learn that it will be tough
but if you see tough as a good way of growing… then it’s interesting I think yeah that’s what I would say and that you feel that… I don’t know, that you’re in something
that’s growing a little bit. it’s cool to feel that you’re
not alone doing mushrooms. I like to hear that there are
other projects and stuff because I think it’s
so cool thing to do. Zjef: To be a part of something Yeah! We are part of a I mean I
know this is the future Not only urban farming Farming….organic farming I would say. doing something. just go for it! And there’s something I want to add When we arrived in France You know French people… I did my thesis about French people
versus American people and how they behave in different situations. And the French people way of doing things
is they don’t like risks. Okay, so instead they spend a huge
amount of time and sometimes money to evaluate the risk before doing anything You know they’re like: oooh, and maybe I
shouldn’t do this because of that let’s calculate a tic a tic a tic tic tic tic tic tic tic And when in the end they do something,
10 people have done it before them. …and you know In the American and Argentinian way
of doing it…it’s like: Just go for it! You do it! and then you think of what you
shouldn’t have done and then you change little things But you’re already a step ahead,
like 10 steps ahead from the French guy So when we arrived here
we were like…. Should we do with the French way
or the Argentinian way? and obviously we did the Argentinian way And it was great, because it was not
supposed to work! everything that we’ve done if you follow the books
It was not supposed to work and we just did it how
we felt it would be good and it worked so just follow your instincts and just do it Somebody who wants to start a
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. They have to check and do
some kind of research… market research, in the village
or in the area where they are, if they have land already. if they are able to have enough members
and you can get your members long before you start your CSA farm, because you
can first start building a list of your members and make sure that you have
enough members And starting the farm is in fact peanuts There’s a lot of examples of other
CSA-farmers in Flanders. who have done it
and you can ask them for help. The CSA-network provides help. So it’s just just a question of
getting a group of people that are willing to come and buy
food from you and do this year after year and then the next steps are easy…. if you have a little bit of green fingers. You have to do what you want to do and enjoy the things you do Zjef: It’s the most importent philosophy I think do you agree?
Zjef: Yes, I agree. To become a farmer in general…
try to be autonomous. Try not to be bonded to
big loans or financers. Or people that buy your stuff Try to be as autonomous as
possible and that, for me means that
you operate in a local environment autonomous but also connected
with the community With the local community Try to do it local, keep it small,
yeah, these kind of keywords And try to get a fair price Zjef: What would you teach every new
urban or vertical farmer? Or someone who wants to get into it? I think the most important thing is to plan ahead I think it’s very important for you to know
who you’re selling your produce to I think it’s very easy for us to get caught up
in all the technicalities like… The hardware I’m going to choose The LED’s …the areas.. But is it profitable? I mean…have you really done your numbers,
did you do you numbers? Did you find partners to sell your produce to? I mean, what are they going to buy from you?
Is it lettuce? Is it microgreens? Is it mixed salads? I think the first thing is to know who’s
going to buy your produce. what you’re interested in? What are the volumes? and that will dictate the technology, the area and everything else that you’re
going to build in tune to grow on that basis So I think that’s very important. Obviously, you don’t have to
marry the first person you meet. I mean you’re not you’re not getting
distributed for a wife or anything like that but you should definitely know what you’re selling obviously, you don’t need to get to distributing it,
you could sell your own stuff You could also have your own shop
integrated into your warehouse or whatever… But I think it’s very important
to know your market And I think a lot of people fail in that regard they start planning… the size of the warehouse The brand of LED’s, the controller, the sensors,… And they still have no idea of
what you’re going to grow…. Who’s going to buy the produce…. I would say that…
if you’re going to get into this… Really think about what it is that
you’re actually trying to do And understand that… if, you know, that the implication
that you’re just going… to help people somehow isn’t necessarily going to happen if… your financing thesis and values are not in
line with that social welfare piece. You know, every piece of the puzzle needs to
be aligned on that value set. A lot of people talk about the value of this
but in the end it’s driven by… Personal benefit and not necessarily about a holer,
a more holistic approach to… Local economic development or…. living economies, local living economies
or whatever you want to say… If you’re trying to build a vertical farming Empire Than say that Don’t sugarcoat it so you know for those who
are interested in getting into this I would just caution them in that… it’s a slippery slope if you’re not careful and realistic or at least knowledgeable about… What this tech boom means for society and what it means for disadvantaged populations if you’re not in tune with the effects
of raising huge amounts of capital and blowing that but you still think that you’re doing something good You need a reality check So…. just be aware of that. Thank you for watching We hope you really enjoyed this video and by now you should understand
that running an urban or vertical farm requires an
understanding of its many different aspects So if you want to learn more
in depth from every farmer And prepare well on how to start your adventure Subscribe now to the 12 steps
to become an urban or vertical farmer. on KIKVORS.VIDEO See you there, and remember… Keep on growing

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