Grow Biointensive Income – Calculations from a 500 Square Foot Mini-Farm

So Grow Biointensive is a mini-farming system that’s primary goal is to sustainably grow a complete diet.  According to the website, Grow Biointensive can produce 2-6 times the yields of conventional agriculture while using 99% less energy.

This makes me VERY curious of the financial implications of Grow Biointensive.

So, in starting to investigate the financial implications, I calculated income generated from a 5 Bed Mini-Farm Unit (500 square feet) that is documented in Grow Biointensive’s bible How To Grow More Vegetables 8th Edition on page 188.  The unit is designed for Northern California climate so I simply called up a local grocery store for current retail prices.

Below is a table showing the revenue figures for different amounts of land according to the skill level of the grower:

Sq. Ft.

Beginner

Intermediate

Expert

500

$        746

$       1,497

$      4,016

4000

$    5,974

$    11,974

$    32,131

1/2 Acre

$  32,528

$    65,198

$  174,951

The key thing to note about the above mini-farm design is that it was designed for sustainability and diet … not income.  After talking with John Jeavons, my next task in this investigation is to actually design a mini-farm that is designed for sustainability, diet, and income.

I’ll keep you posted …

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