Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm

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New Society Publishers, Oct 1, 2010 - Gardening - 480 pages

The heart of a sustainable food system

To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. The Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania's Three Sisters Farm.

At the heart of Three Sisters is its bioshelter — a solar greenhouse which integrates growing facilities, poultry housing, a potting room, storage, kitchen facilities, compost bins, a reference library and classroom area. The Bioshelter Market Garden examines how the bioshelter promotes greater biodiversity and is an energy efficient method of extending crop production through Pennsylvania's cold winter months. Both visionary and practical, this fully illustrated book contains a wealth of information on the application of permaculture principles. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Design and management of an intensive market garden farm
  • Energy systems and bio-thermal resources
  • Ecological soil management and pest control
  • Wetlands usage
  • Solar greenhouse design and management.

Whatever your gardening experience and ambitions, this comprehensive manual is sure to inform and inspire.

Darrell Frey is the owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a 5-acre permaculture farm, solar greenhouse and market garden located in Western Pennsylvania. Darrell writes extensively on permaculture design and ecological land use planning and has been a sustainable community development consultant and permaculture teacher for 25 years.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
TOWARD A PERMANENT CULTURE
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS SAFE HEALTHFUL AND SECURE
DIRECT MARKETING FOR A SMALL FARM
THEPERMACULTURE FARM DESIGN
BEYOND INTEGRATED PEST CONTROL INSECTS DISEASE WEEDS AND OTHER PESTS
SEASONS OF THE GARDEN
BIOSHELTER DEFINED AND DESIGNED
BIOSHELTER MANAGEMENT
COMPOST AND BIOTHERMAL
EDUCATIONON THE FARM
Compost Calculations AppendixC
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Darrell Frey is the owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a 5 acre permaculture farm, solar greenhouse and market garden located in Western Pennsylvania. Darrell writes extensively on permaculture design and ecological land use planning and has been a sustainable community development consultant and permaculture teacher for 25 years.

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