Organic Farming Books
Going organic may be a clear way of getting back to basics—and getting away from the havoc chemicals can wreak on our health and our environment—but the basics themselves may not be so clear. How to begin? What kind of fertilizer and feed are allowed? Is there natural pest management? What does certification entail? And is this the way to go? This book covers the basics and then some. Whether you’re thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, whether you’re growing crops or raising animals, you’ll find everything you need to know in these pages—from getting started to developing a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites, and organizations focusing on every aspect of organic farming, including state standards and more information.
The Complete Guide to Organic Livestock Farming: Everything You Need to Know about Natural Farming on a Small Scale (Back-To-Basics Farming)
Small scale farming has grown greatly in popularity during the last two decades, with a greater turn in public awareness toward locally grown, organic, grass fed products that have not been modified, chemically altered, or poorly fed. Those looking to start a small scale farm and raise livestock have a greater chance than ever before to take advantage of the new market for small scale goods. This book will show any potential small scale farmer how to start raising their livestock and marketing it to the organic, natural lifestyle community that so fervently seeks out these products. Topics covered include: The basic outline for a new small farm, including which livestock to raise, how to build their pens and habitat, and what to feed them to maintain a healthy, organic farm The basics of animal husbandry, from genetics and breeding to feeding, building locations, and proper health and reproduction care How to find the right niche for selling your products and any legalities that may be encountered The butchering and processing phase Hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews have been conducted for this book with top experts in farm management to provide you with details about farm planning, financial planning, and proper livestock planning. A complete appendix will detail the various breeds and needs of cattle, chickens, goats, horses, pigs, and sheep to help you select the right livestock for your farm. In addition, you will learn the basic composition of most feeds, different grasses and legumes you can use, and find a plethora of outside resources to utilize. For anyone with dreams of a small farm and raising livestock in their future, this is a book for you.
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm.His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”
Homesteading For Beginners BOX SET 2 IN 1: A Detailed Guide Earn Money Homesteading + 30 Tips To Grow Organic And Delicious Vegetables And Fruits: (Beginners ... To Build A Backyard Farm, Urban Gardening)
Homesteading For Beginners BOX SET 2 IN 1: A Detailed Guide Earn Money Homesteading + 30 Tips To Grow Organic And Delicious Vegetables And FruitsHomesteading For Beginners - Self-Sufficiency Is New Sexy! A Detailed Guide To Live Debt Free And Even Earn Money HomesteadingWould you like to know how to turn your personal property into a homestead that makes money?Are you interested in learning how to grow vegetables and herbs, as well as how to fertilize them all without having to spend a dime after your initial investment? Then you’ve found the right book! There are so many advantages to growing your own food and raising your own meats, money being one of them! Gardening For Beginners: Start Your Debt Free And Pesticide Free Natural Life! 30+ Time Proven Tips To Grow Organic And Delicious Vegetables And Fruits! Money and health are two of the biggest struggles people face in today's world. Eating organic food can cost a lot of money, so many individuals and families find themselves fighting to keep healthy food on the table when debt is piling up. What if we told you that you can erase debt, eat wholesome food and even make a profit by simply starting an organic garden? It's true. Organic gardening has been around far longer than the commercial, pesticide-laden farms and factories that produce most of our food today. Not long ago, farmers relied on natural principles and planning to ensure that their crops would grow and flourish. In this book, we've compiled a list of time-tested strategies for growing and eating healthy, home-grown fruits and vegetables. We've covered everything from planning your first garden to collecting your harvest and tons of tips for saving money and even making a profit growing food. Download your E book "Homesteading For Beginners BOX SET 2 IN 1: A Detailed Guide Earn Money Homesteading + 30 Tips To Grow Organic And Delicious Vegetables And Fruits" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!Tags: backyard farming, backyard homestead, backyard chickens, homesteader, homestead gardening, homestead survival, homestead guide, mini farming, vertical gardening, indoor gardening, urban gardening, organic gardening, backyard chickens, raising chickens, backyard homesteading, homestead projects mini farming for beginners, Backyard Mini Farm, Organic Food,Growing Your Own Organic Food, Homesteading, Backyard Chickens, Backyard Gardening , Homesteading Essentials, Homesteading Books, Homesteading Gardening, Backyard Beekeeping , Veggies and Herbs
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.
Turn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper.The Profitable Hobby Farm provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture.A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foodsIncludes sample business plan, grant application, marketing and advertising plan, and other formsLengthy resources section directs you to additional readingAlso by Aubrey: Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm BusinessWhether it's growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens for their eggs, or making organic wine or cheese, this book shows you how to turn your hobby into a profit.
HOMESTEADING: Farming For Beginners (Animal Books, Food, Farming, Beekeeping, Animal Farm) (Breeding Animals, Backyard, Farming Books, Farming for Dummies, ... Agriculture Business, Mini Farming Book 1)
Do You Want To Know The Easiest Way To Get Started With Farming?Maybe you are brand-new to farming, or maybe you are just curious and considering farming as a hobby or a new career. It can be very overwhelming, and difficult to know where and how to get started without either someone by your side taking your by the hand and showing you what to do, or following simple instructions from a farming guide book, such as this one.Here is a preview of what you will learn:- How to choose the best type of land for your needs (how much land for each type of animal)- Which type of equipment and tools are necessary- How to plan your grazing- Which breed of cattle to choose- The benefits of grass-fed beef- How to properly milk a cow- How to handle animals in the safest, and least stressful way possible- How to keep your herd healthy- The minerals, supplements, and vaccinations your animals will need- How to brood chicks- How to butcher chickens- The different types of pig breeds- How to avoid your pig from escaping- The best meat breeds- How to avoid birthing issues- Goat milk, soap, and cheese- The beehive and how to populate it- How to collect honey- How to winterize the hive- And so much more!**One last thing...if you download today, you'll get a link to receive incredible ebooks TOTALLY FREE!**To Read Immediately, Scroll Up To The Top-Right & Click The Orange "Buy now with 1-Click" Button.
For twelve consecutive months, author Brian Bender lived a nomadic life on small organic farms across the United States. Leaving behind a teaching career, he hopped from farm to farm through an organization called WWOOF: World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Farming Around the Country reveals the humor and hardship of life dominated by a revolving door of farm animals, injuries, eccentric farmers, and unexpected wisdom. The heart of this story lies with the unusual people and tasks on each farm. Bender entered his year of transformation as a high school science teacher and came out educated in the ways of sustainable living and human happiness.
Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting
Books on container gardening have been wildly popular with urban and suburban readers, but until now, there has been no comprehensive "how-to" guide for growing fresh food in the absence of open land. Fresh Food from Small Spaces fills the gap as a practical, comprehensive, and downright fun guide to growing food in small spaces. It provides readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce their own fresh vegetables, mushrooms, sprouts, and fermented foods as well as to raise bees and chickens—all without reliance on energy-intensive systems like indoor lighting and hydroponics. Readers will learn how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops and storage lockers into commercial-quality sprout and mushroom farms, and their outside nooks and crannies into whatever they can imagine, including sustainable nurseries for honeybees and chickens. Free space for the city gardener might be no more than a cramped patio, balcony, rooftop, windowsill, hanging rafter, dark cabinet, garage, or storage area, but no space is too small or too dark to raise food. With this book as a guide, people living in apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes will be able to grow up to 20 percent of their own fresh food using a combination of traditional gardening methods and space-saving techniques such as reflected lighting and container "terracing." Those with access to yards can produce even more. Author R. J. Ruppenthal worked on an organic vegetable farm in his youth, but his expertise in urban and indoor gardening has been hard-won through years of trial-and-error experience. In the small city homes where he has lived, often with no more than a balcony, windowsill, and countertop for gardening, Ruppenthal and his family have been able to eat at least some homegrown food 365 days per year. In an era of declining resources and environmental disruption, Ruppenthal shows that even urban dwellers can contribute to a rebirth of local, fresh foods.
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters. Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses. Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm. His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”
100 Herbs for making JADAM Natural Pesticide: The way to Ultra-Low-Cost agriculture (JADAM Organic Farming)
Meet Mr. Yu, herb expert of Jadam. He fell in love with wild plants and flowers while crossing the White Head Mountain Range on foot. He describes 100 wild herbs that can be used to control agricultural pests. The awesome part is that these plants are found everywhere - meaning no more pesticide cost. Revolutionize your farming with Jadam. We also recommend our basic textbook "Jadam Organic Farming." Geol Yu was born in 1965 in a remote village in the spiritual Horse Ear Mountain in North Jeonla province of Korea.After graduating from Korea University (Statistics) he worked in a financial institution for over 10 years. His journey on foot that crossed the entire White Head Mountain Range inspired him to become a wild herb specialist. He went back to the mountains; to Akyang village in Mount Jiri. Also a photographer, he spends his time capturing wild herbs and flowers of Mount Jiri while studying and teaching wild plants. He also makes tea from native chrysanthemum. For years, he has been writing about insect-repelling plants on Jadam website (jadam.kr). His articles and photos can be seen at www.myroad.pe.kr.He is currently herb specialist and reporter of Jadam, wild herb and flowers teacher at Mount Jiri School, and manager of Gamguk (Chrysanthemum) Tea Garden company.Table of Contents001 Digitalis 20002 Red Spider Lily 24003 Aconitum 28004 Oleander 32005 Arisaema 36006 American Pokeweed 40007 Castor Oil Plant 44008 Tobacco 48009 Lacquer Tree 52010 Yew Tree 54011 Ginkgo 60012 Narcissus 64013 Greater Celandine68014 Japanese Snowbell 72015 Apricot 76016 Nandina 80017 Water Pepper 84018 Sophora 88019 Chinaberry92020 Mint 96021 Rosemary 100022 Bracken 104023 Climbing Bagbane 108024 Hinoki Cypress112025 Garlic 116026 Onion 120027 Hot Pepper 124028 Purslane 128029 Heartleaf Houttuynia 132030 Potato 136031 Madagascar periwinkle 140032 Cinnamon 144033 Clove 148034 Japanese Pepper 152035 Hylomecon156036 African Marigold/French Marigold 160037 Crown Wood Fern164038 Veratrum168039 Carpesium 172040 Lavender 176041 Lopseed 180042 Pinellia184043 Empress Tree188044 Wild Walnut/Walnut 192045 Garden Balsam 196046 Picrasma quassioides200047 Pomegranate 204048 Common Cosmos 208049 Tea Plant 214050 Mustard 218051 Securinega 222052 Japanese hedge parsley226053 Temple Juniper 230054 Japanese Aralia 234055 Korean Plum Yew 238056 Corydalis 242057 Korean Pasqueflower (Baekduong) 246058 Japanese Belladonna 250059 Royal Azalea 254060 Lily of the Valley 258061 Thunberg's Geranium262 062 Japanese Andromeda 266063 Shiso 270064 Curly Dock 274065 Chinese Lizards Tail 278066 Asian Copperleaf 282067 Japanese Hop 286068 Sweet Flag 290069 Sasa borealis294070 Jerusalem Artichoke 298071 Taro302072 Datura 306073 Wormwood 310074 Salvia plebeia314075 Kobushi Magnolia/Oyama Magnolia 318076 Mugwort 322077 Coffee 326078 Clematis 330079 Turmeric 334080 Juniper 338081 Pyrethrum Daisy342082 Crowfoot/Longbeak Buttercup 346083 Great St. John’s Wort/St. John’s Wort 350084 Derris 354085 Tree of Heaven 358086 Decumbent Bugle 362087 Knotgrass366088 Euphorbia humifusa/ Jigeumcho 370089 Rough Cocklebur/ Changija 374090 Japanese Royal Fern 378091 Chinese Pepper Tree 382092 Horsetail 386093 Lilac Daphne 390094 Common Gardenia 394095 Common Fig and Japanese Fig 398096 Japanese Rush402097 Japanese Chaff Flower 406098 Japanese Pagoda Tree 410099 Firethorn414100 Chinese Catalpa418
Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through—and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named "Molly" by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly's eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch children's hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and activities at the end of the book expand the message of the story.
Discover how easy and profitable it is to grow ans sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs and small livestock from your own backyard market garden. Learn how others grow and sell: o 14,000 pounds of food, on less than one-eighth acre - Ohio o $150,000 from one-half acre, to fancy restaurants - California o $40,000 from one acre of oriental raised beds - Oregon o $36,000 from 3/4 acre, to city farmers' markets - Massachusetts Learn how you can: . Earn top dollar, with minimum effort and maximum profits. . Grow high-value crops in small spaces, efficiently and quickly. . Improve your garden soil for super yields and superb flavor. . Create markets that are profitable, reliable, fun and sustainable. . Improve your garden soil for super yields and superb flavor. . Buy or build tools that speed your work and increase profits. . Enjoy a guaranteed salary from community supported agriculture or a membership garden. Find your market niche in: membership gardening, community supported agriculture, farmers' markets, card table in your front yard, farm stands, clientele membership clubs, producers cooperatives, restaurants, caterers, institutions, pick your own and even growing specialty crops for your neighbor's salsa recipe. "BACKYARD MARKET GARDENING is the book that shows you how to do what you can with what you have where you are." - George DeVault, Organic Gardening Magazine. "Market gardening as described by Andy Lee is very rewarding to the soul, the soil, the environment, and the flow of capital."- Jim Hightower, Austin, Texas
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers
The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems. Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. Ussery's model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop. Ussery offers extensive information on: The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle) Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management) Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock) How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing) Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging insects, and to make compost-including systems for pasturing and for tillage of cover crops and weeds Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!) And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos. No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.The Market Gardener is a compendium of la Grelinette’s proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods. This complete guide is packed with practical information on: Setting-up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery, and minimum tillage practices Growing mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management, crop yields, harvest periods, and pricing approachesInspired by the French intensive tradition of maraichage and by iconic American vegetable grower Eliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows by example how to start a market garden and make it both very productive and profitable. Making a living wage farming without big capital outlay or acreages may be closer than you think.Jean-Martin Fortier is a passionate advocate of strong local food systems and founder of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized model for successful biointensive micro-farming.
Organic food is the best food possible. It’s synonymous with premium quality, delicious flavor, conscientious farming, and optimum health. It’s what we need to feed our kids, it’s what we deserve to feed ourselves. And thanks in part to Myra Goodman, co-owner and cofounder of Earthbound Farm with her husband, Drew, organic food is now available just about anywhere fresh food is sold, becoming more mainstream every day. Not only has Myra been growing organic food for over twenty years, she has been cooking with it, too. In Food to Live By she combines her twin food passions, serving up hundreds of recipes, ideas, shopping and cooking tips, health notes, and more. Illustrating the book are full-color photographs throughout that bring readers right into the breathtaking California sunshine. This is perfect cooking for friends and family, packed with irresistible dishes for weeknight dinners and casual entertaining, festive breakfasts and fall picnics. Recipes are all about the ingredients and their intrinsic qualities, not fancy techniques or time-consuming steps. Marry chicken with three simple accompaniments— rosemary, lemons, and garlic—and it’s transformed. Heighten the flavor of a springtime fava bean and orzo salad with an unexpected fava bean “pesto.” Combine Meyer lemon juice and soy sauce to create a marinade, tenderizer, and sauce that results in a perfect grilled flank steak. Food to Live By also includes a wealth of information about organic farming and how to make the wisest food choices; there are full-color Field Guides—to gourmet greens, apples, heirloom tomatoes, winter squash—and Farm Fresh ingredient guides to sorrel, corn, melons, avocados, organic poultry, asparagus, artichokes, ginger, and more, featuring what to look for plus care and handling. The book is a boon to food lovers.
As kids love the outdoors, there's no better way to draw their interest in reading than a book about farm life. This type of book would teach kids about how humans produce foods from plants and animals and the types of foods that are generated on farms. It would also explain how some foods like cheese and flour are created.
Organic Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows readers the way to ensure a healthy harvest from their environmentally friendly garden. It covers information on the newest and safest natural fertilizers and pest control methods, composting, cultivation without chemicals, and how to battle plant diseases. It also has information on updated equipment and resources. It helps readers plant organically year-round, using herbs, fruits, vegetables, lawn care, trees and shrubs, and flowers. The tips and techniques included in Organic Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition are intended to reduce a garden's impact on both the environment and the wallet.