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Sustainable Market Farming : Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

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Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.
Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately one hundred members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides: * Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, and harvest and storage * Information about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varieties * Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement. Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over twenty years, where she helps grow food for around one hundred people on three and a half acres, and provides training in sustainable vegetable production.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 204 x 235 x 27.94mm | 950g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • B&W photographs and illustrations throughout; 8-page color section
  • 0865717168
  • 9780865717169
  • 125,152

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THE COMPLETE YEAR-ROUND GUIDE FOR THE SMALL-SCALE MARKET GROWER

Whether you are a new farmer just starting out, an experienced producer looking to move into year-round production on a few acres, or a home gardener who is serious about food production, this book is for you. -- IRA WALLACE, Author of Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast , Coordinator of variety selection and outreach for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

...simply the best new cutting-edge resource for small organic producers... a gold mine of practical farming knowledge! -- MARK CAIN, Dripping Springs Garden, Huntsville, Arkansas

...a valuable addition to the library of both beginning and seasoned vegetable farmers, and a unique text for vegetable production and urban farming classes. -- JOHN BIERNBAUM, Professor of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive year-round guide for the small-scale farmer in every climate zone. Leveraging the author's exhaustive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit sustainably on a few acres, this practical manual provides:

Detailed profi les of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage Information about new, effi cient techniques, season extension and disease resistant varieties Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise.

Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to take your operation to the next level, Sustainable Market Farming is the resource you need to maximize your harvest without compromising quality or soil fertility. Enhance your participation in the maturing local agriculture movement with this exciting, timely and invaluable resource.

PAM DAWLING is a contributing editor at Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for 38 years, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, where she helps grow food for around 100 people on three and a half acres, and provides training in sustainable vegetable production for community members.

To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending select New Society Publishers books to its readers. This book is one of them.
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Table of contents

Foreword by Lynn Byczynski
Introduction: Sustaining Community and Agriculture

PART 1: TECHNIQUES

Planning




Year-Round Production
Create Your Own Field Manual
Crop Review
Crop Rotations for Vegetables and Cover Crops
Seed Storage, Inventory and Orders
Scheduling Transplants
How Much to Grow

Planting




Crop Spacing
Transplanting Tips
Direct Sowing
Summer Germination of Seeds
Succession Planting for Continuous Harvesting

Sustainable Crop Protection




Season Extension
Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables
The Hoophouse in Winter and Spring
The Hoophouse in Summer

Soil and Crop Quality




Maintaining Soil Fertility
Cover Crops
Cover Crops Chart
Sustainable Disease Management
Sustainable Weed Management
Sustainable Pest Management

Harvest and Beyond




Manual Harvesting Techniques
Winter Vegetable Storage (Without Refrigeration)
Root Cellars

PART 2: CROPS

Legumes




Green Beans
Southern Peas, Asparagus Beans and Limas
Fava Beans
Edamame
Snap Peas and Snow Peas
Peanuts

Brassicas




Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Collards in Spring
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Collards in Fall
Asian Greens

Other Greens




Spinach
Chard and Other Summer Cooking Greens
Lettuce All Year Round

Roots




Carrots, Beets and Parsnips
Celery and Celeriac
Turnips and Rutabagas

Cucurbits




Summer Squash and Zucchini
Winter Squash and Pumpkins
Cucumbers and Muskmelons
Watermelon

Alliums




Garlic
Bulb Onions
Potato Onions
Leeks

Nightshades




Tomatoes
Peppers
Eggplant
Potatoes

The Others




Okra
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potatoes

Seed Crop Production




Seed Growing
The Business of Seed Crops by Ira Wallace

Resources
Index
About The Author
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About Pam Dawling

Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing For Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for 38 years, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, where she helps grow food for around 100 people on three and a half acres and provides training in sustainable vegetable production. Pam's farming experience includes caring for cows, sheep, goats, pigs, bees, chickens, ducks and geese; growing small acreages of wheat, barley, oats, field beans and hay, using old farm implements, and growing and cooking more than sixty different kinds of vegetables and fruits.
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