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SPIN = Small Plot Intensive Farming

SPIN = Small Plot Intensive Farming

Location: Quarter Branch Farm, Lovettsville, Virginia

SPIN = small plot intensive farming
A low-cost, easy-to-learn system that produces ample high value produce on less than one acre, making it possible for first-generation farms to get started without a lot of land or capital investment.

Kevin was a woodworker (until he discovered dirt).

SPIN farming removes 7 barriers for those looking to start a farm:
1) food can be grown closer to consumers (sometimes mere blocks away)
2) small amounts of land can be obtained economically
3) infrastructure investment is minimal
4) four-legged pests don’t require as much attention (less deer fencing)
5) cities provide warmer micro-climates, extending growing seasons
6) no tractors needed (just a tiller)
7) little or no outside labor required

SPIN farms increase soil fertility: less compaction, better aeration, increased levels of organic matter, more available nutrients

Kevin never wanted to be a farmer.

“When I started out I didn’t have much experience. I guess I was a “greenhorn.” In fact, I only became a farmer because of my health. I had ulcerative colitis, but after I switched to fruit and vegetables my health dramatically improved. Buying all that produce cost money especially the organics, and the quality wasn’t always good, so after reading some Eliot Coleman books I planted my first garden (with fifty fruit trees). Around that time I suddenly lost my job, so I took all the money I’d saved up and tried to figure out how I could make a living with the land I had.”