March 4, 2008

SPIN-Farming(TM) Releases New Guide Series

Five guides have been added to the SPIN-Farming online learning series on sub-acre farming. They detail what it is like to start and operate "theme" farms that specialize in such high-value crops as leafy greens; garlic; carrots and potatoes; salad mixes and flowers.

Each guide, which can be purchased for immediate access at, includes a dozen color photos illustrating growing, harvesting and marketing techniques and outlines typical start-up investments, operating expenses and revenue targets for each sub-acre operation.

The SPIN self-directed online learning program is used by home gardeners who want to try their hand at commercial farming as well as larger-scale farmers who want to diversify or downsize. SPIN-Farming is also attracting a following of first generation sub-acre farmers throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.

"SPIN-Farming offers the best of both worlds," says its developer and veteran urban farmer Wally Satzewich, who co-authors the learning program. "By applying small business practices to farming, SPIN enables entrepreneurs to couple their desire to own their own small business with their urge to farm. Best of all, they can do it right in their own backyards or neighborhoods without owning much, if any, land."

"SPIN-Farming is a franchise-ready system that makes the farming profession accessible to many more people," says Roxanne Christensen, co-author of the learning program and President of the Philadelphia-based Institute for Innovations in Local Farming, "because it eliminates the two barriers to entry -- sizeable acreage and substantial start-up capital. These new guides illustrate how farming can fit into any lifestyle or life cycle, and how it can be integrated into urban and suburban communities."

SPIN-Farming was recently named one of the 10 best sustainable ideas of 2007 by Touch the Soil magazine. (


S-mall P-lot IN-tensive Farming ( is a non-technical, easy-to-understand-and inexpensive-to-implement farming system that makes it possible to generate $50,000 in gross sales from a half-acre by growing common vegetables. It is organic-based and can be practiced on a single plot or multi-sited on several residential backyards in urban or peri-urban areas, or as part of a larger acreage in the country.