The Starting and Growing A Microgreens Business Online Course is a course designed to teach you the everything that you need to know run a profitable microgreens business. From choosing the right equipment to sowing seeds to selling product, microgreens grower expert Chris Thoreau has you covered.
Chris has grown microgreens commercially for 7 years as part of the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative, a business that produces over 300 trays of microgreens per week and generates over $200,000 in revenue annually on just 320 square feet.
If you want to learn how to strategically approach growing microgreens systematically as a business, then this is the course for you.
You get unlimited lifetime access to the content.
Sample video from the course
1. Introduction and Primary Components (1 hour 41 minutes)
2. Infrastructure (1 hour 10 minutes)
3. Packaging, Labels, and Hygiene (43 minutes)
4. Production Process (2 hour 20 minutes)
5. Crop Planning and Record Keeping (35 minutes)
Each topic will be covered in detail and include important tips, methodologies, and a focus on the importance of attention to detail. The course also includes electronic take-home materials for future reference along with some screencasts to help you use that material effectively.
You will leave this course not only with a greater understanding of intensive microgreens production but also with greater insight into how to grow food on a small-scale efficiently.
Bonus Videos Included with the Course:
Microgreen Economics - Building and Maintaining a Profitable Business
Microgreens are an appealing crop due to their high value and minimal space requirements. But a successful business requires more than a valuable crop, and the appeal of a high-value product often blinds growers to the accompanying expenses and responsibilities. Building a sustainable microgreens production system takes time and attention to ensure it can establish and maintain profitability. In this talk, Chris Thoreau will explore the dynamics at play in building a microgreens business and share key factors for financial success.
Ensuring Product Integrity - Factors for Success in Intensive Microgreen Production
Whether you are growing microgreens in an urban or rural setting; full-time or part-time; as a stand-alone business or integrated into your vegetable farm – the challenges are much the same. From seed to delivery, Chris Thoreau will share the principles, actions, and systems critical to the success of his urban microgreens operation. Now in its eighth year of production in, the Vancouver Food Pedalers production model is focused on ensuring product integrity from seed to delivery – a strategy that has cemented their reputation as one of North America’s most innovative small-scale microgreens producers. This talk will give you a set of principles and strategies transferable to all small-scale farming operations.
Chris Thoreau holds a BSc. (Hons.) in Agroecology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) where his focus was on soils, urban farming, and plant breeding. Currently working on expanding the viability of urban farming in Vancouver, he has worked on uniting these areas of study to help increase the sustainability of urban food production.
Chris is a founding owner-member at Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative, an urban farming business focused on growing sunflower shoots and other soil-grown microgreens for local markets, restaurants, and growers. Now in its 10th year, the business is a profitable and respected contributor to the local food chain. The Food Pedalers distribute all their food by bicycle. Chris left the Food Pedalers in 2017 to work on other projects but still checks in regularly!
Chris has focused on a number of key areas which have contributed his success as an urban farmer: