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March - September 2024

 

7 months of growing guidance, expert services, and educational resources to walk together through the spring, summer, and fall growing seasons

 

Limited Availability for the First Cohort (up to 5 spots) 

Only available to residents of the following zip codes -

28202, 28203, 28204, 28205, 28206, 28210, 28211, 28226, 28270, 28277, 28105, 28078

PREMIERE PRACTICE by The Patio Farmer includes the following services, 

  • 1-on-1 Coaching Services 

    • ​Weekly visits to your growing space from Farmer Erin (each visit will last up to 45 minutes) 

    • Summary notes of each visit posted to the client portal with harvest recommendations, and any recommendations for maintenance between visits

    • Tracking milestones throughout the seasons as we grow, and celebrating them! 

  • $100 non-refundable credit towards products and supplies ($700 value over the course of the contract) 

  • Membership to Plant Club by The Patio Farmer at the KNOW level ($203 value over the course of the contract)

  • GROWTH: 52 weeks of intentions, reminders, and advice for growing food at home ($35 value) 

 

$599 / month-to-month OR $3,894 / prepaid (half off your first month!) 

Use the link below to submit an application to PREMIERE PRACTICE. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spots are filled for the 2024 cohort. Following application approval, The Patio Farmer will schedule a call to discuss next steps for the program. Applications received after available slots are filled will be automatically added to the waitlist for the next PREMIERE PRACTICE cohort.

For more information, check the Frequently Ask Questions section below!

Frequently Asked Questions: 

 

Why does the program last 7 months?

PREMIERE PRACTICE runs from March through September so The Patio Farmer can support coaching clients through the three main growing seasons for zone 8a (Charlotte, NC). In March and April we will plan, plant, grow, and harvest spring vegetables together. In May, June, and July we will plan, plant, grow, and harvest summer vegetables together. In August and September, we will plan, plant, and grow fall vegetables together. Fall vegetables can generally be harvested through the new year! 

 

What services does The Patio Farmer provide during weekly visits?

Visits can include Consultations, Seasonal Installations / Plantings, Watering, Pest Inspections, Pest Treatments, Disease Inspections, Disease Treatments, Trellising, Pruning, Harvesting, Feeding, Weeding, and Plant Removal (only edible plants). The Patio Farmer is here to help your food growing space thrive! The Patio Farmer works exclusively with edible plants, with a few exceptions. 

 

Do I need to be home for each weekly visit?

Nope! As long as your growing space is accessible without special entry requirements (or these can be provided to The Patio Farmer), you do not need to be home at the time of service. 

 

Can I participate in weekly visits?

Yes! Ideally one, and up to two, visits each month will be scheduled where we work together to maintain your space. The first visit is usually a Consultation to go over your goals for the seasons, what you want to grow, etc. It is recommended that each seasonal planting / installation visit be done together as well. 

 

Will you send me notes after a visit?

Yes! Upon completion of each visit, The Patio Farmer will send a summary of tasks completed, notes, and any recommendations for next steps.  

 

What days will visits be scheduled?

Generally, weekly visits will be scheduled on Tuesdays or Wednesdays within a 3-hour window such as 8 - 11am, 11am - 2pm, 2pm - 5pm or 5pm - 8pm (seasonally, in summer) 

 

Do I get to select the crops I want to grow?

Absolutely! We will work together to create your crop wish list at the start of each growing season.

 

Will you build raised beds for me?

Absolutely! The Patio Farmer can build and install raised beds for you. Depending on the scope of the project, there may be an additional fee to cover set-up time and cost of materials. The monthly supply credit can be leveraged to help cover material costs too.   

What supplies are covered with the $100 monthly credit?

The monthly credit includes plants, seeds, soil, containers, raised beds, trellises, plant food, and pest / disease treatments. If monthly expenses exceed $100, the balance will roll into the next month’s credit until the full $700 supply credit has been used or the contract ends. This is a non-refundable credit. The Patio Farmer will send an accounting of the credit to the client at the start of each month with the remaining balance. If materials exceed $700 for the length of the contract, the client will receive a monthly invoice to cover these expenses for the duration of the contract. Payment is expected with net-30 terms.  

Where does The Patio Farmer source supplies from?

The Patio Farmer uses products and supplies that are safe for organic production. The Patio Farmer prioritizes supporting local, small business to source materials for clients. The Patio Farmer works with Windcrest Farm, a Certified Organic farm in Monroe, NC for all plants and plant food. The Patio Farmer sources Certified Organic seeds through High Mowing Organic Seeds as well as open-pollinated seeds from Sow True Seed in Asheville, NC 

What is included with a Plant Club KNOW membership?

Weekly newsletter called The Growing Guide, to walk you through a specific crop from seeding to harvesting each month (March - lettuce, April - carrots, May - zucchini, June - edible flowers, July - green beans, August - kale, September - kohlrabi). Plus, access to The Patio Farmer’s online community through Circle which includes The Patio Farmer’s Resource Library. 

 

Is there a contract for this coaching program?

Yes! A signed contract / service agreement is required to participate in the PREMIERE PRACTICE program.  

 

Can I cancel my service?

You can cancel your PREMIERE PRACTICE service agreement at any time. However, you are still responsible for paying the balance of the contracted amount of ($4,193 or $599 x 7 months) within 30-days of cancellation. If you pre-paid for the coaching service at the start of the contract, no additional fees are owed at the time of cancellation.  

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