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 V. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627881968
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 43 MB
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About the Author

Peter V. Fossel has been an organic grower for more than 25 years, raising vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and nursery plants. He currently owns and operates 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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