126.Woody DeLauder on Small Scale Farming for Big Impact and Profitability

Have you considered the notion that having a ton of land is not imperative to thrive?


We’re joined today by Woody DeLauder of Rootbound Farms LLC, a small suburban farm located in Southern Maryland. Rootbound grows in-season produce using no-till growing methods. They grow fresh foods and make soap, kimchi, and other handmade goods for the local Maryland community. Tune in to learn all about what it takes to be a small, yet thriving farm!

In This Episode:

What Woody’s Youtube channel is all about 1:16

How Rootbound Farms got started 1:38

When Rootbound got set up with farmers markets 5:17

How Woody got started with soaps 7:56

The inside scoop about Woody’s legal battle 17:32

How Rootbound Farms approaches marketing 25:18

What kind of peppers they grow 31:39

How they utilize wood chips 32:59

Woody’s favorite farming tool 36:22

Where you can find more about Woody and Rootbound Farms 37:37

About the Guest

Woody DeLauder, along with his wife Janine and son Arlo, own Rootbound Farms LLC. Their farm is a sustainable, biodiverse, no-till, Back-to-Eden suburban farm located in Southern Maryland. They pride themselves in growing in-season vegetables, making cold-processed soaps, and making other sustainable goods for their local community. They sell online, deliver, and also sell at their local farmers market from April to November. Their YouTube channel serves as their video diary and for informational purposes. They grow on a total of about 5,000 square feet, on a lot that is around 3/4 of an acre. They are firm believers that farms do not need to be huge operations to be profitable.

Resources and mentions

Website – https://www.rootboundfarms.com/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/wdelauder/videos

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rootboundfarmstead

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rootboundfarms/

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We also have six free eguides to help you be more effective on your farm (Winter Growing, Pastured Poultry, Washing Shed Efficiency, Profitable Farmers Toolkit, what to look for in a farm property, etc), which you can download here.