Organic Farming: How to Raise, Certify, and Market Organic Crops and Livestock

Organic Farming: How to Raise, Certify, and Market Organic Crops and Livestock

by Peter Fossel


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Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive, and profitable organic farm, from organic certification to planting crops to marketing your produce. If you're thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, you're in good company. The market for organic food increases every year, as does the number of organic producers: in the past two decades, the number of organic farms and businesses has more than tripled. And whether you're growing crops or raising animals, you'll need some helpful advice as you get started. Organic Farming can help—its pages are full of inspiring and educational wisdom from author Peter V. Fossel, who has farmed organically for more than 25 years. Find out how to farm without pesticides, how to find your way through the rules and regulations surrounding organic certification, and how to develop a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites, and organizations that focus on organic farming, including state standards. Organic Farming is the ideal practical handbook to fulfilling your dreams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760345719
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peter V. Fossel has been an organic grower for 25 years, raising vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and nursery plants. He has written numerous magazine articles on farming and gardening, including for the magazine for the nation's top rural-agriculture retailer, Tractor Supply Company's monthly Out Here. He is currently the gardens manager at The Hermitage, home of the late President Andrew Jackson near Nashville, Tennessee.

Peter Fossel has farmed for thirty years, organically for twenty. He was editor of Country Journal magazine for years and has written for numerous other magazines, including Horticulture, Organic Gardening, American Heritage, and the Tractor Supply quarterly journal, Out Here. He writes the blog, and farms organically at Swan River Farm in Dennis Port, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 why organic? 6

Chapter 2 the new farm 21

Chapter 3 the soul of soil 33

Chapter 4 cover crops and green manures 38

Chapter 5 crop rotation 43

Chapter 6 the compost question 46

Chapter 7 greenhouses 55

Chapter 8 bugs and pests 67

Chapter 9 weed control 77

Chapter 10 tractors and tillers 87

Chapter 11 transition to organic 93

Chapter 12 to market, to market 100

Chapter 13 growing herbs and vegetables 115

Chapter 14 flower farming 160

Chapter 15 organic livestock 163

glossary 172

index 173

about the author 175

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