The Biological Farmer: A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming

The Biological Farmer: A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming

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By (author) Gary F. Zimmer

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  • Publisher: Halcyon House Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Metairie
  • ISBN 10: 0911311629
  • ISBN 13: 9780911311624
  • Sales rank: 106,715

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Biological farming does not mean less production; it means eliminating obstacles to healthy, efficient production. It is a safe and sustainable system designed to keep production up. Once the chemical, physical and biological properties of the soil are in balance, you can expect optimal outputs, even in bad years. Biological farming improves the environment, reduces erosion, reduces disease and insect problems, and alters weed pressure - and it accomplishes this by working in harmony with nature. Skilled biological farmers learn how to take care of soil life - they nurture it, feed it a blanced diet, and use tillage tools and methods to enhance soil life. Biological farmers learn proper fertilizer uses to correct mineral and nutrient imbalances to feed plants and soil life. This is the farming consultant's bible and Zimmer knows how to make responsible, sustainable farming work.

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Gary is recognized around the world for his commitment to improving farming through restoring soils.Through a lifetime in agriculture, he has never stopped learning or teaching. Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Gary studied dairy nutrition, earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree from the University of Hawaii, combined with years of hands-on farming experience. Teaching agriculture in southern Minnesota, he continued learning, studying and reading, always asking questions and looking at ways of farming with an open mind. He began asking questions about the soil and how it relates to healthy and productive plants, which lead him to read The Albrecht Papers. For the past 25 years, Gary has been evaluating farming practices as a consultant, on his family's farm, and as president of Midwestern Bio-Ag, a biological farming consulting company located in Blue Mounds, Wis. He operates the Bio-Ag Learning Center, where biological farming practices and agricultural products are field tested, and where the annual Field Day draws over 600 agriculture professionals from across the country. Otter Creek uses the ideas Gary has gleaned over a lifetime spent studying agriculture. Gary is the author of the book, The Biological Farmer, A Complete Guide to the Sustainable and Profitable Biological System of Farming, published in 2000. His focus remains on the soil as the source of nutrients: how healthy soils produce healthy plants for healthy livestock and healthy humans.