Josh Volk has been working on Small Farms for the past 20 years. He started as a mechanical engineer with a garden. Volunteering in community gardens on the weekends he was inspired by to learn production techniques and apprenticed on a tractor scale farm in California before managing farms and setting up tractor based systems for 10-15 acre vegetable operations. For the past 10 years he’s been splitting his time between a return to hand scale production, consulting for tractor scale operations, designing tools, and writing articles about farm tools and techniques. He is author of the recent book “Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less.” He currently lives and farms in Portland, Oregon.
Slow Hand Farm is a one man operation run by me, Josh Volk.
I help small farms and market gardeners in a variety of ways and I keep my hand in production by working with a good friend who runs a small CSA here in Portland, Oregon.
I have been particularly inspired by the international Slow Food Movement since first hearing about it 20 years ago, and for even longer I’ve had a special interest in working with hand tools. The two fit well together, and while I don’t always work exclusively with hand tools, or with food, the Slow principles of “good, clean and fair” are always at the core of what I do.
To apply for the CULTIVATING SMALL FARM SUCCESS workshop series, click here.
This was a lot of work, but it paid off, I started the farm business of my dreams. And if you take the 2019 program, you can see my farm during one of the field days!