Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental JusticeThe widespread but virtually invisible problem of pesticide drift--theairborne movement of agricultural pesticides into residential areas--has fueledgrassroots activism from Maine to Hawaii. Pesticide drift accidents have terrifiedand sickened many living in the country's most marginalized and vulnerablecommunities. In this book, Jill Lindsey Harrison considers political conflicts overpesticide drift in California, using them to illuminate the broader problem and itspotential solutions. The fact that pesticide pollution and illnesses associated withit disproportionately affect the poor and the powerless raises questions ofenvironmental justice (and political injustice). Despite California's impressiverecord of environmental protection, massive pesticide regulatory apparatus, andbooming organic farming ...
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.
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