at least one other job, or engages in full time non farm work in the late fall and winter months, Schutzbank said. "You won't make as much money farming as you would as a software engineer, a lawyer or a doctor the way that it looks right now in the city," Schutzbank said. "But that might change as farmers grow, consolidate and farm more land. "Urban farmers will need to partner with rural farms and divide their crop selection in ways that make economic sense.
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rate before the growing season for a weekly basket of produce to be delivered to members. Schutzbank met with aspiring urban farmers while studying the viability of rooftop gardening on a Fulbright scholarship. "They all wanted to know if [urban farming] is really do able, they wanted to know is this something I can make a living wage at," said Schutzbank. "The way you do that is traditional business analysis, the same way you would for a Fortune 500 company on down. "Schutzbank sifted through costs and revenues and examined market trends to create a poster style report that provides a baseline to analyze the progress of the industry. Schutzbank is now collecting farmers' financial data from 2011.
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