SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) Farming was a phrase I only recently came across, and here is a definition that seems to sum it up: "SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size."

On this same website, they go on to describe the financial opportunities that those with an entrepreneurial spirit can possibly enjoy.

Whether you are new to farming, or want to farm in a new way, SPIN can work for you because:
  • Its precise revenue targeting formulas and organic-based techniques make it possible to gross $50,000+ from a half- acre.
  • You don't need to own land. You can affordably rent or barter a small piece of land adequate in size for SPIN-Farming production.
  • It works in either the city, country or small town.
  • It fits into any lifestyle or life cycle.
SPIN is being practiced by first generation farmers because it removes the two big barriers to entry - land and capital - as well as by established farmers who want to diversify or downsize, as well as by part-time hobby farmers.

There are some more great resources here. If this idea takes your fancy, then follow the links above, or search SPIN Farming and you'll find plenty to inspire you.

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Comment by steve on August 23, 2010 at 2:42pm
Hi, Ooooby has a SPIN farm group started a couple of months back, join up
Comment by James Samuel on August 20, 2010 at 11:43pm
If anyone is interested in finding out more (especially from a NZ perspective) there is a SPIN Farming group on Ooooby
Comment by Jodi Hansen on August 20, 2010 at 5:11pm
Wow, thanks so much for that James. Looks a fantastic urban faming model for the future!
Comment by Angie Gibbons on August 19, 2010 at 6:18pm
Bio-intensive is also another name for this type of farming
Has anyone paid for the SPIN farming doc? Am trying to put something together for the Ooooby store growers.
Comment by Pete Russell on August 19, 2010 at 3:34pm
This is very exciting. Thanks James.

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