Sustainable Market Farming Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

ISBN-10: 0865717168
ISBN-13: 9780865717169
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 2/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

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 Farmingis 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 storageInformation about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varietiesFarm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterpriseWhether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills,Sustainable Market Farmingis an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.Pam Dawlingis a contributing editor withGrowing for Marketmagazine. 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.

Lynn Byczynski is publisher and editor of a monthly news letter Growing for Market . She also operates Wild Onion Farm in Lawrence, Kansas, where she resides with her husband and two children. For more information, please visit the website of Growing for Market at www.growingformarket.com

Foreword
Introduction: Sustaining Community and Agriculture
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
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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