Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach

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When I first wrote Successful Small-Scale Farming eleven years ago, writes Karl Schwenke in the preface to this new edition, "an 'organic farmer' was synonymous with a 'lonely hippie troublemaker.' Today he is classed somewhere between a high-priced elitist and an opportunistic liar."

So begins this classic guide to organic small-scale agriculture, fully updated and revised for the 1990s — for a new generation of readers who would like to live ...

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Overview

When I first wrote Successful Small-Scale Farming eleven years ago, writes Karl Schwenke in the preface to this new edition, "an 'organic farmer' was synonymous with a 'lonely hippie troublemaker.' Today he is classed somewhere between a high-priced elitist and an opportunistic liar."

So begins this classic guide to organic small-scale agriculture, fully updated and revised for the 1990s — for a new generation of readers who would like to live closer to the earth.

Successful Small-Scale Farming introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in making a full- or part-time living on the land. Karl Schwenke's clear-eyed approach to the best farming methods covers a wide range of proven techniques and practical advice, including:

• How to improve, conserve, and enrich your soil organically, to ensure the highest (and healthiest) yields.

• What machinery you'll need and how to use it.

• The best "cash crops" and specialty crops to grow for profit and how to raise them.

• How to use innovative strategies to find or create a market "niche" for your farm's crops or services.

• A concise overview of essential farmstead skills, such as haying, fencing, and managing a woodlot.

• Numerous charts and tables that put useful calculations at your fingertips.

With today's increased concern for the quality of the food we eat and the health of our environment, Successful Small-Scale Farming offers a unique and invaluable perspective on the future of agriculture. Karl Schwenke's message — that small-scale farms can be cleaner, smarter, and more efficient than corporate agribusiness — has never been so relevant as it is today.

Pragmatic, expert advice for anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882666426
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/1991
  • Series: Down-to-Earth Book Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 494,379
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Schwenke is a professional writer who lives with wife Sue on a farm in Newbury, Vermont, where they have raised strawberries, pigs and hay among other crops. Together, this couple has written the book Build Your Own Stone House, and Karl wrote the Storey title Successful Small-Scale Farming. His other work includes Sierra North and Sierra South from Wilderness Press, an organization in Berkeley, California, that he co-founded after graduating from college. Karl has also written In a Pig's Eye (Chelsea Green Publishing).

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Table of Contents

Preface

Preface to the First Edition

Introduction

1 Soils

2 Plants

3 Farm Machinery

4 Farm Practices

5 Cash Crops

6 Other Cash & Specialty Crops

7 The Whole Farm

8 Conclusions

Appendix I: Handy Hints, Formulas & trivia

Appendix II: Charts, Tables & Addenda

Land Trust Organizations

Periodicals of Interest to Small-Scale Farmers

Suggested Reading

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Good Book

    This is a great book for the first time or seasoned farmer. Packed full of useful information that everyone needs to know. It is an very well written book. The only drawback for me was that the livestock section was left out of this edition. I would reccommend it to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2005

    Great resource

    An excellent source of general information on starting a small farming operation, emphasizing sustainability, profitability and resonable expectations. He covers everything from soils to crop selection to marketing. Infact, everything but livestock (too much to cover). I am buying 'Small-scale Livestock Farming' by Carol Ekarius to supplement Schwenke's helpful book.

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