This was our growing and marketing bible when we started the farm.
"Eliot Coleman's book will help market gardeners establish the vital and profitable link between farm and city during the 1990s. Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy." —Robert Rodale
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The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener ~ This expansion of a now-classic guide originally published in 1989 is intended for the serious gardener or small-scale market farmer. It describes practical and sustainable ways of growing superb organic vegetables, with detailed coverage of scale and capital, marketing, livestock, the winter garden, soil fertility, weeds, and many other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.With more than 45,000 sold since 1988, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as:
- Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available.
- The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up.
- The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses.
- Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants.
- The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live.
This time of year always makes us want to get outside and start digging in the dirt. We are having a rare sunny, warm day here in Oregon.... just a hint of spring because winter is not done with us yet. This sunshine makes one itch for spring none-the-less so what's better than a brand new book to keep you company until spring really does arrive. This is a well written and thought provoking guide book. John covers earth-friendly gardening basics, vegetables, herbs, fruits, food from animals, the farm kitchen and more....... This is a must for anyone wanting to explore the simpler life.
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Learn how to live sustainably in the city, the suburbs, or the country
Many people are cutting back on consumerism and trying to simplify their lives, realizing that the "new way" isn't necessarily the best way. The sustainable living movement goes beyond a desire to protect the environment and practice green living; it's about rediscovering simple survival skills that, in an earlier time, were known and practiced by almost everyone.
The New American Homestead gives you a wealth of information about homesteading—a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency—from raising chickens, bees, and other animals to gardening in earth-friendly ways to canning, preserving, home brewing, and cheese making. The book does not assume that you have a sizable parcel of land in the country; author John Tullock's techniques can be put to use in virtually any space, even a small urban plot.
- The book appeals to anyone who has a yard, courtyard, deck, or porch with room for gardening; wants to spend less money maintaining a household; and desires to reduce his or her carbon footprint through sustainable living
- The author emphasizes cultivating foods of all kinds in spaces of one-third of an acre or less, with consideration given to costs, family needs, available space, and the pleasures of the table
- Includes advice for achieving sustainability in other aspects of urban/suburban life