There never is going to be a perfect block of land with a perfect planting schedule for modern urban farming. But we have found that in our first couple of months for Yogyakarta Urban Farm “Lebah kecil” that using a schedule helps manage when we need to plant seedlings in trays. Also when we need to transplant the seedlings to the field or direct sow.
There is a lot of challenges at the moment of trying to develop a working modern urban farm, which hopefully others can later adapt to their own markets and areas.
At the moment even just trying to optimize the first year planting schedule for Yogyakarta Urban Farm “Lebah Kecil” is enough fun and that is not even taking into account the reality of seasonal variations is crop production periods.
But for most farmers they would not be interested in doing this much work, it is much easier to simply plant a single or a mixed field and then wait several months on larger land sizes and see what is the result.
Where this modern urban farming is about delivering consistent product volumes and quality on a regular basis every week to market/customers on small urban blocks of land. So the real measure will be in several years time when we can compare the revenue and production data.
Two references I found useful have been:
And “The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land”
“The Urban Farmer” is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s).
You can check it out here, definitely worth getting a ebook version or hard copy