Utilize your food growing skills for the surrounding community while making extra cash
Explore how much you can earn by joining the Lettuce urban farming network:
Do you have the skills and dedication it takes to grow a beautiful and productive garden? Then the Lettuce GrowShare Urban Farmer program might be a perfect fit for you. The Lettuce GrowShare Program connects individuals who have the skill to grow food to households that have the space to farm.
Earn extra cash doing what you love: growing local food for the community and helping the environment thrive through sustainable farm practices.
See how you can start growing today!
How It Works
Lettuce’s streamlined, interactive process will match you up with a Landowner and have you growing food quickly and efficiently.
Create an account, and fill out the online form to become a GrowShare Urban Farmer.
Farmer Qualification and Introduction Process
A member of the Lettuce GrowShare team will connect you to a farm site that has already been assessed and qualified to be a Lettuce Urban Farm Host. You will be introduced to your farmland host to confirm compatibility.
Set up & the GrowShare Farming Agreement
After the introduction, each party will sign an agreement following The Lettuce Farming Guidelines to lay out how the farm will be established, the duration of farming, payout structure, water, and daily access. Lettuce will provide the help you need to get your farm started – including a planting plan, expert advice for taking care of your plants and pointers to the materials and tools you should purchase. All this will lead to getting you beginning growing based on the Lettuce GrowShare Standards.
Upon signing of the GrowShare Agreement, you will be accepted into the network and you can begin growing food with all of Lettuce’s planning and information resources at your disposal.
Once you are a part of the Lettuce GrowShare program and an Urban Farmer, Lettuce makes it easy to plan your farm, crops, and harvest with timely, targeted information and support.
Grow according to the customized Crop Plan that Lettuce provides to you via your online account. These Crop Plans are based on:
Location of the farm
Size of the farm
The Lettuce Crop plan enables you to know what to grow, when, and how. Follow the Lettuce Growing Standards to maintain production of clean, quality produce and your production rating.
There are certain ongoing costs to factor into growing your own produce to sell in the Lettuce Vegetable Marketplace.
Water: The amount of water used on your farm varies each season and from farm to farm, but typically costs approx. $2-4 per 100 sq ft of growing area. With The GrowShare Farming Agreement, it is up to both parties to determine how water costs are shared, and this can affect the percentage of payouts received from the sales of produce.
Seasonal Implements: Trellises, jutes, stakes, and other equipment to aid in the growth of your crops. Once purchased, these implements can be utilized season after season, and many are made from reclaimed, chemical free materials.
Starts + Seeds: Each season it is the farmers responsibility to provide seeds and starts (Transplants or baby plants) to establish your crops for eventual harvest. Starts can cost anywhere from $.75-$2.5 per start, or can be grown by you! Seeds typically cost $1-3 per packet
Fertilizer: Fertilizer is key to producing nutrient dense vegetables. 1 lb of fertilizer typically covers 33 sq ft of growing area and can cost $1.50 per pound. Fertilizer is also the Urban Farmer’s responsibility.
Including specific crop growing protocol, ongoing maintenance, and seasonal turnover for continuous, reliable production
A Lettuce Urban Farmer can lend a hand or an extra pair of eyes to help you improve your production and efficiency
We’ll provide you ongoing training classes at Lettuce HQ or on-site at farms and update you on weather conditions and how to prepare accordingly.
Continuously refine your growing skills and become a master producer.
Harvest & Get Paid
Lettuce makes getting paid for your produce easy.
- Follow harvest schedules that are part of your Crop Plan.
- Submit crops to the Produce Receiver at a Lettuce facility for washing, weighing and packaging.
- Both parties, the landowner and the farmer, receive an email detailing your harvest totals, and total payouts as agreed upon by the GrowShare Farming Agreement.
- Payouts are sent to each party online within 7 days.
Great for Families with Young Kids
Growing food, for your own family, or for the city is an amazing activity that engages the neighborhood, make a meaningful contribution to the family’s income and teaches kids many skills with just one real world ‘activity’:
- How food is grown
- Environment and ecology
- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- Business and entrepreneurship
- Perseverance and problem solving
- Responsibility, authority and following instructions
And, they’ll develop knowledge that’ll stays with them for a lifetime.
Let's Get Started . . .
. . . on a rewarding journey to take back our food system
Starting Costs Starting Costs
Have an existing farm? Excellent! You’re well on your way to producing local veggies for your community!
If you need to establish your farm, use the Farm Setup Calculator below to estimate your start up costs .
Need help establishing your farm? Lettuce’s team of farm installers can help! Learn more.
There are two common ways to grow food outdoors: In-ground (if the native soil is well suited), or Raised Beds.
In-Ground Self Setup Costs
In-ground beds are plots established into the existing soil. If soil conditions on your land are ideal, establishing a farm into the existing land can be quick and cost effective. With a few amendments like compost and manure almost any soil can become a healthy, productive farm.
Raised Beds Self Setup Costs
Raised beds are ideal for land with less than ideal, rocky soil and can also help with organizing your crops and managing your time. Although slightly less cost effective, raised beds are constructed and filled with a new soil mixture, eliminating weed or and containment interference.
When you participate in Lettuce GrowShare, you become a part of a paradigm shift in the how, when and where of how food gets to tables.