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 New Organic Grower, 3rd Edition

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 30th Anniversary Edition
Author: Eliot Coleman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603588183
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 304
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“Updated for its 30th anniversary edition; [This book] remains as relevant as ever.”—New York Times Book Review Since its original publication in 1989, The New Organic Grower has been one of the most important farming books available, with pioneer Eliot Coleman leading the charge in the organic movement in the United States. Now fully illustrated and updated, this 30th Anniversary Edition is a must-have for any agricultural library. Eliot Coleman’s books and innovative methods have helped innumerable organic farmers build successful farms in deep accordance with nature. The wisdom in this seminal book holds true even as the modern agricultural canon has grown—in large part due to Coleman’s influence as a wise elder with decades of experience. New information has been included in this edition to showcase the new tools and techniques that Eliot has been developing over the last thirty-five years. Inspired by the European intensive growers, The New Organic Grower, 30th Anniversary Edition, offers a very approachable and productive form of farming that has proven to work well for the earth and its stewards for centuries. Gardeners working on 2.5 acres or less will find this book especially useful, as it offers proof that small-scale market growers and serious home gardeners can live good lives close to the land and make a profit at the same time. The New Organic Grower is ideal for young farmers just getting started, or gardeners seeking to expand into a more productive enterprise. New material in this edition includes: Beautiful color photographs throughout, taken by master gardener and author Barbara Damrosch (Eliot’s wife and co-farmer) Updated information throughout on how Eliot’s practices have changed through his experiments over the years A new section from Damrosch about incorporating flowers on the small farm More information on new tools Eliot has invented that don’t appear in any of his other books

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: 2003
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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: 9462
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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.

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: 823
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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.

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: 1019
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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: 5591
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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.”

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
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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.

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: 973
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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.

Wie zerstört man eine Demokratie

das 10-Punkte-Programm
Author: Naomi Wolf
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783442156269
Category:
Page: 281
View: 5501
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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
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Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

National Gardening


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: N.A
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National Gardening Magazine's ... Garden Handbook


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: N.A
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Auf Dem Land

Das Faszinierende Leben Auf Dem Bauernhof
Author: Julia Rothman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783956141003
Category:
Page: 208
View: 920
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Organic Gardening


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Organic farming
Page: N.A
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Wir sind das Klima!

Wie wir unseren Planeten schon beim Frühstück retten können
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462320211
Category: Science
Page: 336
View: 648
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Jonathan Safran Foer schafft es erneut, uns ein komplexes Thema wie die Klimakrise so nahe zu bringen wie niemand sonst. Und das Beste: Einen Lösungsansatz liefert er gleich mit. Mit seinem Bestseller »Tiere essen« hat Jonathan Safran Foer weltweit Furore gemacht: Viele seiner Leser wurden nach der Lektüre Vegetarier oder haben zumindest ihre Ernährung überdacht. Nun nimmt Foer sich des größten Themas unserer Zeit an: dem Klimawandel. Der Klimawandel ist zu abstrakt, deshalb lässt er uns kalt. Foer erinnert an die Kraft und Notwendigkeit gemeinsamen Handelns und führt dazu anschaulich viele gelungene Beispiele an, die uns als Ansporn dienen sollen. Wir können die Welt nicht retten, ohne einem der größten CO2- und Methangas-Produzenten zu Leibe zu rücken, der Massentierhaltung. Foer zeigt einen Lösungsansatz auf, der niemandem viel abverlangt, aber extrem wirkungsvoll ist: tierische Produkte nur einmal täglich zur Hauptmahlzeit. Foer nähert sich diesem wichtigen Thema eloquent, überzeugend, sehr persönlich und mit wachem Blick und großem Herz für die menschliche Unzulänglichkeit. Und das Beste: Seinen Lösungsansatz können Sie gleich in die Tat umsetzen.

Greenhouse Management & Production


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Greenhouse management
Page: N.A
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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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The Organic Gardeners Handbook


Author: Frank Tozer
Publisher: Green Man Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: 248
View: 1095
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The Organic Gardeners Handbook tells you everything you need to know to create a highly productive vegetable garden. Combining European tradition with American creativity, it covers the art and science of organic gardening with a depth that is rarely seen in contemporary books. There are chapters on every aspect of organic vegetable gardening, soil dynamics, soil management, cultivation, composting, crop planning, raising seedlings, watering, harvesting, seed saving, greenhouses, and much more. Whether you are a complete novice and need your hand held through every step, or a veteran gardener with a permanent layer of soil under your fingernails, you will find this book both helpful and informative. A book that will soon be covered in dirty fingerprints, The Organic Gardeners Handbook is a companion to The Vegetable Growers Handbook.

Growing Pumpkins and Other Vine Crops in Wisconsin

A Guide for Fresh-market Growers
Author: Karen A. Delahaut
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Agriculture
Page: 18
View: 7727
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