The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture
Author: Andrew Mefferd
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603586377
Category:
Page: 288
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Best practices for the eight most profitable crops Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Why? Because they know and employ best practices for the most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and microgreens. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook levels the playing field by revealing these practices so that all growers--large and small--can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether growing in a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for how to best manage crops that goes beyond a list of simple do's and don'ts. As senior trial technician for greenhouse crops at Johnny's Selected Seeds, author Andrew Mefferd spent seven years consulting for growers using protected agriculture in a wide variety of climates, soils, and conditions. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook brings his experience and expertise to bear in an in-depth guide that will help readers make their investment in greenhouse space worthwhile. Every year, more growers are turning to protected culture to deal with unpredictable weather and to meet out-of-season demand for local food, but many end up spinning their wheels, wasting time and money on unprofitable crops grown in ways that don't make the most of their precious greenhouse space. With comprehensive chapters on temperature control and crop steering, pruning and trellising, grafting, and more, Mefferd's book is full of techniques and strategies that can help farms stay profitable, satisfy customers, and become an integral part of re-localizing our food system. From seed to sale, The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook is the indispensable resource for protected growing.

The Year-Round Hoophouse

Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates
Author: Pam Dawling
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771422505
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 320
View: 4434
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Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels or polytunnels – reduces the impact of an increasingly unpredictable climate on crops, mitigates soil erosion, extends the growing season and keeps leafy greens alive through the winter, and enables growers to supply more regional food needs. The Year-Round Hoophouse is a comprehensive guide to to designing and building a hoophouse and making a success of growing abundant, delicious fresh produce all year, whatever your climate and land size. Chapters include: Hoophouse siting, size, style, frame construction, and tools Bed layout, soil, crop rotations, and extensive coverage of various crops for all seasons Organic solutions to pests and diseases Disaster preparation Tested resources for each chapter. The Year-Round Hoophouse is ideal for farmers who wish to move into protected growing, as well as beginning farmers in rural and urban spaces. It is an essential reference resource for professors and students of courses in sustainable agriculture, as well as interns and apprentices learning on the job.

The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

More In-Depth Lean Techniques for Efficient Organic Production
Author: Ben Hartman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603587004
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 272
View: 2024
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At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste—of time, labor, space, money, and more—every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work. In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable. These methods include: Using Japanese paper pot transplanters Building your own germinating chambers Leaning up your greenhouse Making and applying simple composts Using lean techniques for pest and weed control Creating Heijunka, or load-leveling calendars for efficient planning Farming is not static, and improvement requires constant change. The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables offers strategies for farmers to stay flexible and profitable even in the face of changing weather and markets. Much more than a simple exercise in cost-cutting, lean farming is about growing better, not cheaper, food—the food your customers want.

Start Your Farm

The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer
Author: Forrest Pritchard,Ellen Polishuk
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615195130
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 3825
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A totally modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamers—covering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farm—from two leading lights in sustainable farming Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more: Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes? What does sustainable really mean, and how can a small (as little as one acre) to midsize farm survive alongside commodity-scale agriculture? How do you access education, land, and other needs with limited capital? How can you reap an actual profit, including a return on land investment? How do you build connections with employees, colleagues, and customers? At the end of the day, how do you measure success? (Hint: Cash your lifestyle paycheck.) More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it's well within reach—and there's no greater satisfaction under the sun!

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution

High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers
Author: Andrew Mefferd
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771422726
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 336
View: 1209
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Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your small farm. Farming without tilling has long been a goal of agriculture, yet tilling remains one of the most dominant paradigms; almost everyone does it. But tilling kills beneficial soil life, burns up organic matter, and releases carbon dioxide. If the ground could instead be prepared for planting without tilling, time and energy could be saved, soil organic matter increased, carbon sequestered, and dependence on machinery reduced. The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution is the comprehensive farmer-developed roadmap showing how no-till lowers barriers to starting a small farm, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases efficiency and profitability, and promotes soil health. This hands-on manual offers: Why roller-crimper no-till methods don't work for most small farms A decision-making framework for the four no-till methods: occulation, solarization, organic mulches grown in place, and applied to beds Ideas for starting a no-till farm or transitioning a working farm A list of tools, supplies, and sources. This is the only manual of its kind, specifically written for natural and small-scale farmers who wish to expand or explore chemical-free, regenerative farming methods.

La traición de Natalie Hargrove


Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: ALFAGUARA INFANTILES Y JUVENILES
ISBN: 8420409588
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 320
View: 8531
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Una novela de la autora de la saga «Oscuros». No se debe jugar con el destino... porque el destino puede ser muy peligroso. Natalie es, con diferencia, la más hermosa y la más perfecta candidata a convertirse en la reina del baile de este año. O eso considera ella. Su vida parece un sueño y su novio Mike es el acompañante ideal. Ha trabajado con esmero, ha cuidado todos los detalles y no va a permitirse que nadie ponga en peligro su nombramiento, ni siquiera Justin, ese odioso chico por el que ya no siente nada. Sin embargo, un trágico accidente dejará al descubierto algunos secretos del pasado que cambiarán su vida para siempre. Y es que nadie puede engañar al destino... La opinión de los lectores: «Después de haber leído ya tres de los libros de la saga "Oscuros", creía conocer el estilo narrativo de Lauren Kate, pero debo decir que en este libro me ha sorprendido. La trama engancha. Lauren Kate consigue desvelar página tras página lo justo y necesario para mantener la atención del lector hasta terminar el libro. Si bien algunas cosas son predecibles, el final es bastante sorprendente y te deja con un buen sabor de boca.» Blog Libros de ensueño «Una lectura que no puedes dejar pasar. Una novela llena de amor -no empalagoso-, secretos, misterios y como bien indica el título, traiciones. Lauren Kate ha hecho una sociedad ambiciosa, con novios por popularidad y amistad de conveniencia. La traición de Natalie Hargrove es una novela que se puede leer en una tarde.» Blog Página tras página «Lauren Kate lleva bien la trama, descubriendo al final toda la historia de Natalie y encajando las piezas de su pasado con los personajes. La traición de Natalie Hargrove supera con creces su otra saga, "Oscuros".» Blog La utopía de Casiopea

Otra manera de vivir

Cuando la comida importa
Author: Jane Goodall,Gary McAvoy,Gail E. Hudson
Publisher: DEBOLSILLO
ISBN: 9788483466636
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 416
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Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs, 3rd Edition

Care, Facilities, Management, Breeds
Author: Kelly Klober
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603426868
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 374
View: 2265
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Learn how to successfully raise your own pigs. Stressing the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices, Kelly Klober provides expert tips on making your hog operation more efficient and profitable. Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs will give beginners the confidence they need to succeed, while inspiring experienced farmers to try new techniques and experiment with new breeds.

The Winter Harvest Handbook

Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
Author: Eliot Coleman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 160358210X
Category: Gardening
Page: 264
View: 6595
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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.”

Tierra y alimento


Author: Pontificio consiglio giustizia e pace
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788820998868
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
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The Flower Farmer

An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, 2nd Edition
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 160358076X
Category: Gardening
Page: 284
View: 359
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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.

The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming
Author: Jean-Martin Fortier,Marie Bilodeau
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 0865717656
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 224
View: 979
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Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

Growing for Market

News and Ideas for Market Gardeners
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Vegetable gardening
Page: N.A
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Atlas de cirugía mínimamente invasiva

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Author: Constantine Frantzides
Publisher: Elsevier España
ISBN: 8445820796
Category: Medical
Page: 288
View: 7411
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El objetivo principal de este Atlas es mostrar a los cirujanos, de una manera detallada y concisa, cómo llevar a cabo procedimientos de cirugía mínimamente invasiva mediante laparoscopia. Este Atlas incorpora demostraciones en vídeo de intervenciones quirúrgicas en las que se explican de manera detallada todos los pasos que debe seguir un profesional para llevar a cabo este tipo de procesos. En total, la obra incluye cerca de 30 DVD, de entre 10 y 20 minutos de duración, con una narración en la que se explican los diversos aspectos de estas intervenciones. Además, más de 400 imágenes a color, y de gran calidad, ilustran este atlas proporcionando detalles concretos de las consideraciones técnicas de cada uno de los procedimientos de cirugía mínimamente invasiva. La calidad de los materiales que conforman esta obra, así como la participación en la misma de grandes expertos en cirugía laparoscópica, hacen que este Atlas se convierta en una excelente guía para los cirujanos en el empleo de técnicas de cirugía mínimamente invasiva. El objetivo principal de este Atlas es mostrar a los cirujanos, de una manera detallada y concisa, cómo llevar a cabo procedimientos de cirugía mínimamente invasiva mediante laparoscopia. El libro incorpora un DVD con cerca de 30 demostraciones en vídeo de intervenciones quirúrgicas en las que se explican de manera detallada todos los pasos que debe seguir un profesional para llevar a cabo este tipo de procesos. Además, el libro cuenta con 400 imágenes a color de gran calidad que proporcionan detalles concretos de las consideraciones técnicas de cada uno de los procedimientos de cirugía mínimamente invasiva.

The Greenhouse and Nursery Handbook

A Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Ornamental Container Plants
Author: Francis X. Jozwik,John Gist
Publisher: High Sierra Books
ISBN: 9780916781231
Category: Gardening
Page: 806
View: 2216
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Horticulture from A to Z.A complete guide to growing and selling ornamental container plants. Includes both business and culture aspects for 100s of ornamental plants. The latest in pest and disease control, specific suggestions for soils, nutrients, and all major cultural practices. Guidelines for commercial horticulture production and marketing. A must for the serious amateur or professional.

Nursery Manager


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nurseries (Horticulture)
Page: N.A
View: 7151
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