Storey's Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables & Herbs for Market

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A successful vegetable farm depends on business smarts — accounting, marketing, customer service — as much as planting and harvesting skills. Keith Stewart's practical advice and detailed in-the-field instruction guide you through every part of professional farming, from mapping your fields to designing a farmers' market stand.

Includes comprehensive coverage of:

- Site selection and good soil maintenance

- Tools, machinery, and greenhouses

- Selecting and planting profitable ...

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Storey's Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables & Herbs for Market: Site & Crop Selection * Planting, Care & Harvesting * Business Basics

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Overview

A successful vegetable farm depends on business smarts — accounting, marketing, customer service — as much as planting and harvesting skills. Keith Stewart's practical advice and detailed in-the-field instruction guide you through every part of professional farming, from mapping your fields to designing a farmers' market stand.

Includes comprehensive coverage of:

- Site selection and good soil maintenance

- Tools, machinery, and greenhouses

- Selecting and planting profitable crops

- Organic weed and pest control

- Harvesting and storing vegetables and herbs

- Developing a business plan

- Marketing, packaging, and selling your products

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Editorial Reviews

Fedco Seeds
“With 25 years under his belt as an organic farmer, Stewart has plenty of hard-earned expertise to draw on in this comprehensive, well-designed guidebook to growing ecologically safe herbs and vegetables.”
From the Publisher
“I felt like I was attending an excellent college lecture and discussion series, and I am sure this book will become required reading in many a sustainable ag class.”
Booklist
“With 25 years under his belt as an organic farmer, Stewart has plenty of hard-earned expertise to draw on in this comprehensive, well-designed guidebook to growing ecologically safe herbs and vegetables.”
Booklist Online
“With 25 years under his belt as an organic farmer, Stewart has plenty of hard-earned expertise to draw on in this comprehensive, well-designed guidebook to growing ecologically safe herbs and vegetables.”
Hobby Farm Home
“Whether you’re buying your first farm property, planning a transition from kitchen gardener to market grower, or looking for ways to improve your existing farm operation, Storey’s Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Herbs for Market is an invaluable addition to your farmstead library.”
The Natural Farmer - Robert Hadad
"This book could be a template for any new and beginner farmer education curriculum. I fully expect to see dog-eared copies of this book on the dashboards of pickup trucks and farm-house kitchen tables all across the region."
Fedco Seeds - Heron Breen
“I felt like I was attending an excellent college lecture and discussion series, and I am sure this book will become required reading in many a sustainable ag class.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603425711
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 779,028
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Stewart is a NOFA-NY certified organic vegetable grower in Westtown, New York, who has been selling to the NYC Union Square Greenmarket since it began. Keith’s garlic has been called “the most soulful garlic on earth” by Time Out New York. The New York Times said, “Keith’s farm grows garlic from another planet compared with the stuff in supermarkets.” He is the author of It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life. His essays appear in The Valley Table, “the Hudson Valley’s only magazine devoted to regional farms, food, and cuisine.”

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: In the Beginning

1 Thinking About Becoming a Farmer?

2 Looking for a Place of Your Own

3 The Farm Plan

Part II: Tools of the Trade

4 Tractors and Tractor Implements

5 Small Equipment and Tools

6 The Greenhouse

7 Growing Under Cover

8 Irrigation

Part III: Looking After the Land

9 Managing Your Soil

10 Cover Crops and Green Manures

11 Crop Rotation

12 Building Fertility

Part IV: The Crops We Grow

13 Our Most Profitable Crops

14 Garlic — Our Signature Crop

15 Let's Not Forget Herbs

Part V: Harvesting and Marketing

16 Harvesting and Storage

17 Marketing What You Grow

18 More on Farmers' Markets

19 Marketing Through the Seasons

Part VI: Competing Forces

20 Regarding Weeds

21 The Four-Legged Competition

22 Insects and Diseases

Part VII: Taking Care of Business

23 Running a Business

24 Looking After Number One

Afterword

Resources
Index

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