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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

eBook Published: 1st February 2013
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Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.

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.

Foreword by Lynn Byczynski
Introduction: Sustaining Community and Agriculture



  1. Year-Round Production
  2. Create Your Own Field Manual
  3. Crop Review
  4. Crop Rotations for Vegetables and Cover Crops
  5. Seed Storage, Inventory and Orders
  6. Scheduling Transplants
  7. How Much to Grow


  1. Crop Spacing
  2. Transplanting Tips
  3. Direct Sowing
  4. Summer Germination of Seeds
  5. Succession Planting for Continuous Harvesting

Sustainable Crop Protection

  1. Season Extension
  2. Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables
  3. The Hoophouse in Winter and Spring
  4. The Hoophouse in Summer

Soil and Crop Quality

  1. Maintaining Soil Fertility
  2. Cover Crops
  3. Cover Crops Chart
  4. Sustainable Disease Management
  5. Sustainable Weed Management
  6. Sustainable Pest Management

Harvest and Beyond

  1. Manual Harvesting Techniques
  2. Winter Vegetable Storage (Without Refrigeration)
  3. Root Cellars



  1. Green Beans
  2. Southern Peas, Asparagus Beans and Limas
  3. Fava Beans
  4. Edamame
  5. Snap Peas and Snow Peas
  6. Peanuts


  1. Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Collards in Spring
  2. Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Collards in Fall
  3. Asian Greens

Other Greens

  1. Spinach
  2. Chard and Other Summer Cooking Greens
  3. Lettuce All Year Round


  1. Carrots, Beets and Parsnips
  2. Celery and Celeriac
  3. Turnips and Rutabagas


  1. Summer Squash and Zucchini
  2. Winter Squash and Pumpkins
  3. Cucumbers and Muskmelons
  4. Watermelon


  1. Garlic
  2. Bulb Onions
  3. Potato Onions
  4. Leeks


  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppers
  3. Eggplant
  4. Potatoes

The Others

  1. Okra
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Sweet Potatoes

Seed Crop Production

  1. Seed Growing
  2. The Business of Seed Crops by Ira Wallace

About The Author

ISBN: 9781550925128
ISBN-10: 1550925121
Audience: General
For Ages: 16+ years old
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 1st February 2013
Publisher: New Society Publishers