Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres
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, 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 100 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, 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.
Sustainable Market Farming was published by New Society Publishers in February 2013. The 456 page, 8″ × 9.25″ paperback is available for $34.95 direct from the author in person at sustainable agriculture events she is attending, or via this website or by mail order for an additional $5.50 shipping (mainland USA only). Use the “Buy Now” button or write to: Sustainable Market Farming, Twin Oaks Community, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa, Virginia 23093.
Sustainable Market Farming is also available in print from booksellers and from the publishers, or as an e-book for $22.70 from New Society.
The Year-Round Hoophouse: Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates
by Pam Dawling Publication Date: November 20, 2018. USD $29.99, CDN $29.99
Paperback – 288 pages, 10 Inches × 8 Inches (w × h), Weight: 598 Grams
Publisher: New Society Publishers ISBN: 978086571863
Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate
Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels or polytunnels – reduces the impact of an increasingly unpredictable climate on crops, mitigates soil erosion, extends the growing season and keeps leafy greens alive through the winter, and enables growers to supply more regional food needs.
The Year-Round Hoophouse is a comprehensive guide to designing and building a hoophouse and making a success of growing abundant, delicious fresh produce all year, whatever your climate and land size. Chapters include:
- Hoophouse siting, size, style, frame construction, and tools
- Bed layout, soil, crop rotations, and extensive coverage of various crops for all seasons
- Organic solutions to pests and diseases
- Disaster preparation
- Tested resources for each chapter.
The Year-Round Hoophouse is ideal for farmers who wish to move into protected growing, as well as beginning farmers in rural and urban spaces. It is an essential reference resource for professors and students of courses in sustainable agriculture, as well as interns and apprentices learning on the job.
You can preorder from New Society now. Soon you will be able to buy copies directly through this website and I will sign the book for you.