Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

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Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately one hundred members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

  • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, and harvest and storage
  • Information about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varieties
  • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise

Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.

Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over twenty years, where she helps grow food for around one hundred people on three and a half acres, and provides training in sustainable vegetable production.

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Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.

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THE COMPLETE YEAR-ROUND GUIDE FOR THE SMALL-SCALE MARKET GROWER

Whether you are a new farmer just starting out, an experienced producer looking to move into year-round production on a few acres, or a home gardener who is serious about food production, this book is for you.
- IRA WALLACE, Author of Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, Coordinator of variety selection and outreach for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

...simply the best new cutting-edge resource for small organic producers... a gold mine of practical farming knowledge!
- MARK CAIN, Dripping Springs Garden, Huntsville, Arkansas

...a valuable addition to the library of both beginning and seasoned vegetable farmers, and a unique text for vegetable production and urban farming classes.
- JOHN BIERNBAUM, Professor of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive year-round guide for the small-scale farmer in every climate zone. Leveraging the author's exhaustive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit sustainably on a few acres, this practical manual provides:

  • Detailed profi les of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage
  • Information about new, effi cient techniques, season extension and disease resistant varieties
  • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise.

Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to take your operation to the next level, Sustainable Market Farming is the resource you need to maximize your harvest without compromising quality or soil fertility. Enhance your participation in the maturing local agriculture movement with this exciting, timely and invaluable resource.

PAM DAWLING is a contributing editor at Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for 38 years, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, where she helps grow food for around 100 people on three and a half acres, and provides training in sustainable vegetable production for community members.

To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending select New Society Publishers books to its readers. This book is one of them.

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