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Sustainable Market Farming : Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres - Pam Dawling

Sustainable Market Farming

Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Paperback Published: 23rd February 2013
ISBN: 9780865717169
Number Of Pages: 456

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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 sustainable 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.


About the Author

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.

Sustainable Market Farming Introduction Sustaining Community and Agriculture 1 Techniques Planning1 Year Round Production2 Create Your Own Field Manual3 Crop Review4 Crop Rotations5 Seed Storage, Inventory and Orders6 Scheduling Transplants7 How Much to Grow Planting8 Crop Spacing9 Transplanting Tips10 Direct Sowing11 Summer Germination of Seeds12 Succession Planting Sustainable Crop Protection14 Season Extension15 Cold Hardy Winter Vegetables17 The Hoophouse in Winter and Spring 18 The Hoophouse in Summer19 Mulches, Organic and Plastic Soil and Crop Quality20 Maintaining Soil Fertility21 Cover Crops22 Cover Crops Chart23 Sustainable Disease Management24 Sustainable Weed Management25 Sustainable Pest Management Harvest and Beyond26 Manual Harvesting Techniques27 Winter Vegetable Storage (without refrigeration)28 Root Cellars Equipment30 Tools and Equipment31 Irrigation Crops Legumes33 Green Beans34 Southern Peas, Asparagus Beans and Limas35 Fava Beans36 Edamame37 Snap Peas and Snow Peas38 Peanuts Brassicas39 Asian Greens40 Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Collards in Spring41 Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Collards in Fall Other Greens43 Spinach44 Chard and Other Summer Cooking Greens45 Lettuce All Year Roots47 Carrots, Beets and Parsnips48 Celery and Celeriac49 Radishes For All Seasons50 Turnips and Rutabagas Cucurbits51 Summer Squash and Zucchini52 Winter Squash and Pumpkins53 Cucumbers and Cantaloupes54 Watermelon Alliums55 Garlic56 Potato Onions57 Bulb Onions58 Leeks Nightshades59 Eggplant 60 Peppers61 Tomatoes62 Potatoes The Others63 Okra64 Sweet Corn65 Sweet Potatoes Seed Growing66 Seed Crop Production67 The Business of Seed Crops Appendix of Resources Index

ISBN: 9780865717169
ISBN-10: 0865717168
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 23rd February 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 20.4  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.95

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