We talk about how Miranda and Mimo rehabilitated the property, and made the journey from startup to turning a profit while they financed the farm with income paychecks from their day jobs. We discuss the challenges of running a farm while working an outside job, as well as adding a child to the mix this past year. Plus, Mimo and Miranda talk about the challenges they’ve encountered on an urban farm, and how they’ve overcome them.
Miranda and Mimo share their strategies for season extension, which they consider key to their business model in order to maximize profits from a limited land base. Urban Buds uses a variety of techniques inside and outside of a variety of structures. We also get into the nuts and bolts to achieving a long vase life with their cut flowers.
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Quotes from the Show
[Mimo] The farm is a labor of love for sure.
[Miranda] I think that we've seen the rewards of sacrifice.
[Mimo] I don't know anybody who starts a business, a brand new business and doesn't have another income, no matter farming, whatever it is.
[Mimo] when you're up all night with the baby, you move a lot slower on the farm, for sure, the next day.
[Miranda] It just felt like it was time to make this project even more meaningful by having a son.