Organic Farming Books
Everyone who has ever dreamed of getting back to the soil will derive from Maurice Grenville Kains' practical and easy-to-understand discussions a more complete view of what small-scale farming means. Countless readers of Five Acres and Independence have come away with specific projects to begin and moved closer to the fulfillment of their dreams of independence on a small farm.Whether you already own a suitable place or are still looking, Five Acres and Independence will help you learn to evaluate land for both its total economic and its specific agricultural possibilities. There are methods of calculating costs of permanent improvements — draining the land, improving soil, planting wind breaks, putting in septic tanks, cellars, irrigation systems, greenhouses, etc. — and methods of carrying out those improvements. There are suggestions for specific crops — strawberries, grapes, vegetables, orchards, spring, summer, and fall crops, transplanting, timing, repairing what already exists — with methods of deciding what is best for your land and purposes and techniques for making each of them pay. There are suggestions for animals for the small-scale farmer — goats, chickens, bees — and means of working them into your overall farm design. And there are suggestions for keeping your small farm in top production condition, methods of continually increasing the value of your farm, methods of marketing your produce and of accurately investing in improvements — virtually everything a small-scale farmer needs to know to make his venture economically sound.Some things, of course, have changed since 1940 when M. G. Kains revised Five Acres and Independence. But the basic down-to-earth advice of one of the most prominent men in American agriculture and the methods of farming the small-scale, pre-DDT farm are still essentially the same. Much of the information in this book was built on USDA and state farm bureau reports; almost all of it was personally tested by M. G. Kains, either on his own farms or on farms of the people who trusted him as an experienced consultant. His book went through more than 30 editions in the first 10 years after its original publication. It has helped countless small farmers attain their dreams, and it continues today as an exceptional resource for those who want to make their first farming attempt.
Soil is the basis not only for all gardening, but for all terrestrial life. No aspect of agriculture is more fundamental and important, yet we have been losing vast quantities of our finite soil resources to erosion, pollution, and development. Now back in print, this eminently sensible and wonderfully well-focused book provides essential information about one of the most significant challenges for those attempting to grow delicious organic vegetables: the creation and maintenance of healthy soil. Chapter 2, "Understanding the Soil System," is alone worth the price of admission. Gershuny and Smillie give lay readers and experts a clear explanation of subjects--soil life and nutrient cycles--that have confounded most authors. Nowhere will the reader find simpler and more coherent descriptions of key concepts including cation exchange capacity and chelation. There are other books about soil available, including Grace Gershuny's comprehensive Start with the Soil, and there are books that feature chapters on soil building. What distinguishes The Soil of Soilis the authors' concise presentation; they give readers important information, including technical essentials, without getting bogged down in scientific or quasiscientific mumbo-jumbo. In addition, useful tables list specific compost materials, green manures, and other resources that allow growers to translate into action the more general information provided by the book. The soil-building techniques featured include: Organic matter management Building and maintaining humus On-site composting Green manures and rotations Cultivation and weed control Nutrient balances and soil testing Using mineral fertilizers Planning for organic certification Updates to the 1999 edition include analysis of Proposed Rules for the National Organic Standards, and expanded recommendations for private testing services and soil-testing equipment for home gardeners and organic farmers. All of us involved in the cultivation of plants--from the backyard gardener to the largest farmer--need to help regenerate a "living soil," for only in the diversity of the soil and its creatures can we ensure the long-term health of ourselves and our environment. The Soul of Soil offers everyone a basic understanding of what soil is and what we can do to improve our own patch of it. Seen in this light, this practical handbook will be an inspiration as well.
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.
It doesn't take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don't have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Hobby Farms Urban Farming, from Hobby Farm Press and the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, will walk every city and suburban dweller down the path of self sustainability. Urban Farming will introduce readers to the concepts of gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate. This comprehensive volume will answer every up and coming urban farmer's questions about how, what, where and why--a new green book for the dedicated citizen seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill.Winner of the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award in Home & Garden from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
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
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 current growth of organic farming is being fuelled by market demand. Nicolas Lampkin's book spells out both the principles underlying organic farming and the practical ways in which farmers can respond. He is particularly concerned with the economics of organic farming - a key point for farmers thinking of converting their land. The first part of his book spells out the principles: soil structure, crop nutrition, management of wastes, rotation design, weed management, pest and disease control, livestock husbandry. In the second part he goes into practical details for livestock systems, grassland and fodder crops, arable and horticultural crops, marketing and processing, physical and financial performance, and the conversion process. Some of the evidence on food quality and environmental impact is also reviewed. This is a guide to a way of farming which aims to be in partnership with the natural world rather than dominating it.
Mini Farming Book Collection: A Pictured Guide On How To Build Your Own Backyard Farm And Harvest The Best Quality Vegetables, Mistakes That Can Bother ... To Build A Backyard Farm, Urban Gardening)
Getting Your FREE BonusDownload this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion.Mini Farming Book Collection: A Pictured Guide On How To Build Your Own Backyard Farm And Harvest The Best Quality Vegetables, Mistakes That Can Bother You + (Surprise) Growing Your Own Marijuana (FREE Bonus Included)Book #1: Mini Farming: Guide For Beginners On How To Build Your Own Backyard Farm And Grow Your Own VegetablesThis book is the first in a series of two to teach you how to set up, plant, and care for your own backyard vegetable garden. You will learn about why having your own garden is such a great idea, and how to go about setting it up and planting your first seeds. The topics covered in the book include:Book#2: Backyard Gardening. Tending and Harvesting the Best Quality Vegetables On Your Own Mini FarmThis book is the second in a series of two, written to teach you how to set up, plant, and care for your own backyard vegetable garden. In this book you will read about how to ensure that the vegetable plants you grow will be healthy and productive for the duration of the growing season, and about what to do when the time comes to harvest your crops. The topics covered in the book include:BOOK #3: Mini Farming: A Pictured Guide For Beginners: How To Build A Backyard Farm And Start Growing Own Organic Fruits And VegetablesHave you ever considered ways that you might save yourself money on your grocery bill? Seriously, who hasn’t? If you haven’t considered your prospects for starting a farm before now, then now is the time. Sure, there are many challenges involved with starting a farm, chief among them is space. However, there is an amazing option that is offered to all who live on a less than optimal size piece of property, namely, the mini farm. Writing from my own experience, I can attest to the fact that it does not take anywhere near as much space as you would commonly think.BOOK #4: Mini Farming: 20 Essentials You Have To Know For Building Your Own Backyard Farm And 15 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Growing VegetablesEverything you need to know about mini farming is included in this book! Starting you off on the basics of how to prepare and structure your farming area to more complicated nuances like crop rotation, cover cropping and many other aspects of mini farm maintenance.BOOK #5: Cannabis: Everything You Wanted To Know About Growing And Using MarijuanaIf you are interested in expanding your knowledge about Cannabis or more popularly referred to by the general public as “marijuana”, you will find the tips and suggestions in this guidebook most helpful to you. In this book there is a wide variety of information surrounding the topic of Cannabis that I am sure you will find most informative.Download your E book "Mini Farming Book Collection: A Pictured Guide On How To Build Your Own Backyard Farm And Harvest The Best Quality Vegetables, Mistakes That Can Bother You + (Surprise) Growing Your Own Marijuana" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!Tags: backyard farming, backyard homestead, backyard chickens, homesteader, homestead gardening
The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers (Gardener's Supply Books)
Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable--as well as the most beautiful--crop on the farm. In The Flower Farmer expert flower grower Lynn Byczynski provides a complete introduction to raising a cornucopia of cut flowers for home use and for sale to retail customers, florists, and other markets. The book offers detailed, manageable plans for flower growing on a scale ranging from a backyard border to a half-acre commercial garden. It will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, including: Home gardeners who want growing tips from professionals, so that they can enjoy an abundance of flowers year-round in fresh and dried bouquets;Passionate gardeners and small-scale growers who want to raise and sell cut flowers in season for additional income;Small commercial farmers who want to increase farm revenue or even make a living from selling field-grown, specialty cut flowers.The Flower Farmer provides a clear, realistic look at both the benefits and the challenges of growing flowers organically for local markets. Chapters include information on:The best varieties of cut flowers--an A-Z list of more than one hundred recommended annuals and perennials, spotlighting the cultivars that are grown by professional flower farmersHow to cut, store, and preserve flowers for long-lasting beautyHow to dry flowers for crafting or for a dried-flower businessFlower-arranging basics from a designer's perspectiveExtending the season with woody shrubs and treesMarketing options for commercial growers, including sales at farmer's markets, supermarkets, florists, and wholesalers.Sprinkled throughout are profiles of successful flower farmers--from Vermont to California, Texas to Wisconsin--each of them providing a unique perspective proving that growing flowers can be as profitable as it is satisfying.
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.
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.
Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive, and profitable organic farm, from organic certification to planting crops to marketing your produce. If you’re thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, you’re in good company. The market for organic food increases every year, as does the number of organic producers: in the past two decades, the number of organic farms and businesses has more than tripled. And whether you’re growing crops or raising animals, you’ll need some helpful advice as you get started. Organic Farming can help—its pages are full of inspiring and educational wisdom from author Peter V. Fossel, who has farmed organically for more than 25 years. Find out how to farm without pesticides, how to find your way through the rules and regulations surrounding organic certification, and how to develop a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites, and organizations that focus on organic farming, including state standards. Organic Farming is the ideal practical handbook to fulfilling your dreams.
The domestic cut flower business has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, thanks in large part to the first edition of The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, which helped thousands of small growers start successful businesses. This newly expanded and thoroughly revised edition will be equally as influential for novices and experienced growers alike. With the cut flower business growing at record rates, demand is at all time highs, challenging growers to take advantage of new techniques to prolong the harvest. New sections on utilizing greenhouses, recommendations for flower cultivars, and post harvest handling growers throughout all of North America will help improve their bottom line. Also updated is the acclaimed resource directory, complete with sources of seeds, plants and supplies, and expert information on organic production under the National Organic Program. For the beginner and backyard gardener, there is an extensive section on the basics—variety selection, soil preparation, planting, cultivation, harvest, and floral design. For the commercial grower, The Flower Farmer includes information about larger-scale production, plus advice about selling to florists, wholesalers, supermarkets, brides, at farmers markets, and more. Also includes revised profiles of successful growers offering behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of some of the cutting edge flower farmers in the country. Because of the extensive revisions and enhanced content, this new edition of The Flower Farmer is essential reading for those already in the flower business, as well as those who dream of growing flowers for enjoyment or profit.
Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation
What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success? For more than twenty years, mycology expert Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter not only offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices; he shares the results of his groundbreaking research and offers myriad ways to apply your cultivation skills and further incorporate mushrooms into your life―whether your goal is to help your community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale. The book first guides readers through an in-depth exploration of indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills range from integrating wood-chip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden and building a “trenched raft” of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn to producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4×4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns. For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter offers in-depth coverage of lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials. Cotter also reports his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, “training” mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders, and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans. Geared toward readers who want to grow mushrooms without the use of pesticides, Cotter takes “organic” one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinking―one that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.
Providing expert tips on tending the land, caring for animals, and necessary equipment, Ann Larkin Hansen also covers the intricate process of acquiring organic certification and other business considerations important to a profitable operation. Discover the rewarding satisfaction of running a successful and sustainable organic farm.
Written for the transitioning and new organic farmer, Organic Dairy Farming brings together for the first time in a single volume the information to explain everything from organic soil management, calf care and mastitis control to the certification process and marketing for the organic premium. Combining up-to-date advice from 20 experts in a variety of fields, it presents organic concepts and practices in a readable form. The book includes farmer interviews demonstrating how they have successfully applied organic practices on their own farms. Over sixty illustrations, glossary, list of resources and complete index make the book very useable. An essential tool for both the farmer and the agricultural professional.
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.
Farming In Your Backyard for Beginners Vol.2 - Use Proven Strategies to Grow Plants, Herbs, and Food in Your Backyard Easily (Best Guide To Grow Organic ... Farming, Backyard Farming Strategies)
Easy Strategies To Grow Foods, Plants And Herbs In Your BackyardFarming In Your Backyard For BeginnersBONUS! : FREE Natural Remedies Report Never Released Included! **** LIMITED TIME OFFER ******This book contains strategies on how to grow plants, herbs and food in your own backyard. Although it is intended for those who are new to backyard farming, this book also includes info that a long time gardener may also find useful. The first part of this book provides the basics on backyard farming, the purpose of having one and the benefits you could get out of having your own backyard garden. This book focuses on soil health and getting rid of pests earlier before they spread. It includes tips on how to grow organic food, which enables you to stay away from the conventional system where pesticides and other man-made substances are utilized. The main objective of this book is to help the backyard farming newbies to learn the things they need to know first before planting their crops. Check Out What You Will Learn After Reading This Book Below!!Backyard Farming PurposesBackyard Farming TipsStrategies To Create Your Own Backyard FarmEasy Ways To Plant In Your BackyardGrowing Plants,Foods And Herbs Benefits Get The Book Before The Promotion Runs Out! Only For A Limited Time! You Do NOT Need A Kindle Device To Read This E-Book, You Can Read On Your PC, Mac, SmartPhone, And Or Your Kindle Device Tags: Backyard Farming, Growing Plants, Herbs, Foods, Backyard, Organic