Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know

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MBI Publishing Company, May 15, 2007 - Gardening - 160 pages

Going organic may be a clear way of getting back to basics—and getting away from the havoc chemicals can wreak on our health and our environment—but the basics themselves may not be so clear. How to begin? What kind of fertilizer and feed are allowed? Is there natural pest management? What does certification entail? And is this the way to go?

 

This book covers the basics and then some. Whether you’re thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, whether you’re growing crops or raising animals, you’ll find everything you need to know in these pages—from getting started to developing a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites, and organizations focusing on every aspect of organic farming, including state standards and more information.

 

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Written by a former editor of mine, this is probably the best book ever written on the subject of organic farming. Read it and you will know everything you need to know about organic farming, organic gardening and farmer's markets. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 WHY ORGANIC?
6
Chapter 2 THE NEW FARM
16
Chapter 3 THE SOUL OF A SOIL
26
Chapter 4 COVER CROPS AND GREEN MANURE
30
Chapter 5 CROP ROTATION
34
Chapter 6 THE COMPOST QUESTION
38
Chapter 7 GREENHOUSES
44
Chapter 8 BUGS AND PESTS
58
Chapter 10 TRACTORS AND TILLERS
72
Chapter 11 TRANSITION TO ORGANIC
80
Chapter 12 TO MARKET TO MARKET
86
Chapter 13 VEGETABLE GROWING
100
Chapter 14 ORGANIC LIVESTOCK
140
Chapter 15 FLOWER FARMING
148
GLOSSARY
152
RECIPES
154

Chapter 9 WEED LIMITS
64
INDEX
159

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About the author (2007)

Peter V. Fossel has been an organic grower for 25 years, raising vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and nursery plants. He has written numerous magazine articles on farming and gardening, including for the magazine for the nation's top rural-agriculture retailer, Tractor Supply Company's Out monthly Out Here. He is currently gardens manager at The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson near Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

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