Soul of Soil A Soil-Building Guide for Master Gardeners and Farmers

ISBN-10: 1890132314
ISBN-13: 9781890132316
Edition: 4th (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 6/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 173
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

Helen Nearing left city life with her husband, Scott, nearly sixty years ago to move first to Vermont and then to their farm in Harborside, Maine. The Nearings' food and living philosophies have provided the guidelines for many who seek a simpler way of life. Helen is the author of Wise Words for the Good Life: A Homesteader's Personal Collection , Loving and Leaving the Good Life , Simple Food for the Good Life , and co-author (with Scott Nearing) of The Maple Sugar Book.

Grace Gershuny, in addition to her position on the staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program, has worked for many years as an educator, organizer, and market gardener. She is nationally known in the alternative agriculture movement, is the author of Start With the Soil, and Compost, Vermicompost and Compost Tea: Feeding the Soil on the Organic Farm as well as co-author of The Rodale Book of Composting and The Soul of Soil . She is on the faculties of the Institute for Social Ecology and Goddard College, and lives in Barnet, Vermont.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Understanding the Soil Ecosystem
Organic Matter and Humus
Physical Factors: Soil Structure and Tilth
Chemical Factors: Nutrient Cycles and Balances
Biological Factors: The Living Soil Community
Observing and Evaluating Your Soil
Recordkeeping
Monitoring Tilth: Reading the Field
Looking Beneath the Surface
Evaluating Biological Health: Looking at Life Forms
Soil Management Practices
Managing Physical Factors: Drainage, Irrigation, Tillage, and Cultivation
Organic Matter and Humus Management
Animal Manures
Composting
Green Manures and Other Soil-Improving Crops
Rotations
Using Off-Farm Nutrient Sources
The Marketplace and Organic Certification
Appendices
Glossary
Organizations and Periodicals
Bibliography
General References
Technical References
Index

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