American Hemp Farmer
In American Hemp Farmer, Doug Fine gets his hands dirty with healthy soil and sticky with terpenes when growing his own crop and creating how own hemp products. He shares his adventures and misadventures as an independent, regenerative farmer and entrepreneur, all the while laying out a vision for how hemp can help right the wrongs of twentieth-century agriculture.
Art and Science of Grazing
Grazing management might seem simple: just put livestock in a pasture and let them eat their fill. However, as Sarah Flack explains in The Art and Science of Grazing, the pasture/livestock relationship is incredibly complex. If a farmer doesn't pay close attention to how the animals are grazing, the resulting poorly managed grazing system can be harmful to the health of the livestock, pasture plants, and soils. Well-managed pastures can instead create healthier animals, a diverse and resilient pasture ecosystem, and other benefits.
Business Advice for Organic Farmers DVD
Longtime farmer and author of The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares his story and offers detailed advice on how to make your farm production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. This filmed NOFA workshop and interview on Cate Farm offers invaluable exercises for business-savvy farmers, including the costs of running a farm, office and bookkeeping management, creating a budget and a crop enterprise plan -- all easy to understand nuts and bolts of business management. Also contains downloadable spreadsheets for creating your own budgets, marketing charts, profit-and-loss statements, balance sheets and cash-flow projections. Wiswall shows how to farm smarter, not harder.
Dirt to Soil
As we know from his story, Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. Brown―in an effort to simply survive―began experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers. As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture.
Farming While Black
Farming While Black is the first comprehensive “how to” guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture.
Fermentation as Metaphor
Sandor Ellix Katz
In Fermentation as a Metaphor, Sandor Ellix Katz– bestselling author and James Beard Award winner– meditates on his unique art and work, drawing fascinating connections between microbial communities and aspects of human culture: politics, religion, social and cultural movements, art, music, sexuality, identity, and even our individual thoughts and feelings.
In this book, Coleman outlines a unique harvest extension system. Using simple designs for cold frames and mobile greenhouses, Coleman harvests fresh vegetables throughout the coldest winter months without heat or high-tech solar structures. This book shows how to build the needed equipment as well as how to grow different types of vegetables as the seasons progress, creating a wonderful variety of crops.
Happy Pigs Taste Better
What does it take to raise a happy pig? Armed with experience from running the largest organic hog operation in Maine, author Alice Percy is well equipped to answer this question.
Pigs are much closer to their cousin, the wild boar, than other domesticated animals. Ethically managing pigs requires an understanding of their natural mannerisms, including factors such as social grouping, mating, territory, housing, and, of course, their love of wallowing in the mud.
Rich Shih and Jeremy Umansky
Koji Alchemy is devoted to the processes and techniques for fermenting foods with koji – the transformational microbe behind the delicious umami flavors of Asian cuisine – soy sauce, miso, and so many others.
Letter to a Young Farmer
Gene Logsdon is the best kind of teacher: equal parts storyteller, idealist and rabble-rouser. In his final book of essays, the self-described "contrary farmer" addresses the next generation of small-scale "garden farmers" seeking a better way of life. With his trademark with and irreverent humor, Logsdon reminds us that small-scale farming isn't defined by accumulating wealth but by recognizing nature's beauty, cherishing the land, respecting our fellow creatures, and valuing rural traditions.
No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture
Renowned organic grower Bryan O'Hara experimented for several years to develop innovative methods and transition his Connecticut vegetable farm to a no-till system. In No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture, O'Hara shares his pioneering approach to creating biologically active soil that supports year-round production of nutrient-rich crops with minimal capital investment.
Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments
In The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments, experimental gardener Nigel Palmer provides practical, detailed instructions that are accessible and exciting to every grower who wants to achieve a sustainable garden ecosystem. These garden amendment recipes result in greater soil biological activity and mineral availability, and increase pest and disease resistance, yields, and nutrient density.
A system for regenerating land, storing carbon, and creating climate resilience
The concept of silvopasture challenges our notions of both modern agriculture and land use. For centuries, European settlers of North America have engaged in practices that separate the field from the forest, and even the food from the animal. Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals, and forages in a whole-system approach that offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. Such a system not only offers the promise of ecological regeneration of the land, but also an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while buffering the effects of a changing climate: increased rainfall, longer droughts, and more intense storm events.
Small Farm Future
A Small Farm Future is a ground-breaking debut, destined to become a modern classic—planting a flag at the intersection between economics, agriculture and society during a time of immense crisis. Farmer and social scientist Chris Smaje makes the case for organizing human societies around small-scale, local, agro-ecological farming in order to meet the environmental and political challenges of our times.
Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves.
The Flower Farmer
Step-by-step journey into organic flower growing, covering topics from choosing varieties, site and soil, buying and starting plants, flower types and distinctions, harvest procedures, arranging, going commercial, hardiness, and marketing. Includes an extensive appendix that features over 95 recommended flowering plants, complete with specific growing information and the names of the best cultivars for cutting garden and commercial use.
The Organic Grain Grower
The ultimate guide to growing organic grains on a small and ecological scale, The Organic Grain Grower is invaluable for both home-scale and commercial producers interested in expanding their resiliency and crop diversity through growing their own grains. Longtime farmer and organic pioneer Jack Lazor covers how to grow and store wheat, barley, oats, corn, dry beans, soybeans, pulse crops, oilseeds, grasses, nutrient-dense forages and lesser-known cereals.