The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

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With more than 45,000 sold since 1988, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new ...

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Overview

With more than 45,000 sold since 1988, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as:

  • Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available.
  • The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up.
  • The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses.
  • Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants.
  • The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live.

Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is the best book on small-scale farming I've read in years."--Pat Stone, Mother Earth News

"I know of no other person. . . who can produce better results on the land with an economy of effort and means than Eliot. He has transformed gardening from a task, to a craft, and finally to what Steward Brand would cal 'local science'."--Paul Hawken, from the Foreword

"Anybody seriously tempted to try. . . raising healthy food on healthy land. . . must first read The New Organic Grower. Coleman, who has been a quiet leader in the American organic movement for several decades, presents a balanced, logical exposition of his subject."--Horticulture

"Coleman conveys a vast amount of detailed information without ever insulting the intelligence of the reader. He speaks as if to a fellow home or market gardener, sharing what works for him and discussing what he knows and what he doesn't know. The New Organic Grower will be the book you dog-ear and feather with yellow sticky pages, returning to it time and again."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Eliot Coleman's book will help market gardeners establish the vital and profitable link between farm and city during the 1990s. Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy."--Robert Rodale

Sue Gardner

Library Journal-
Coleman's personable work draws together the experience and wisdom of his 25 years as a vegetable gardener in Maine. It includes nearly all the material in the previous edition (LJ 11/1/89), communicating a respect and feeling for "the land" and its processes. Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful observations he and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to "mobile greenhouses" that expand the growing season, each method is thought through to its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival. Well-presented graphics illustrate methods and techniques. This new edition includes sidebar references and notes, new chapters on creating fertile soil (without importing items such as manure from sources that may not use organic methods), and use of existing information channels to learn of new information. Of interest for even the smallest veggie patch grower. The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening presents many of the same sustainable concepts with the vehemence of its radio talk show host and news columnist author. Garrett gives tips on a broader range of home gardening, including landscaping and wildlife, and spends much effort on the abuses of past and current practice. Basics are presented briefly, with many eco-asides that help break up the dense, information-rich text. Lack of visuals makes the material harder to absorb, yet one is constantly copying out directions as they appear. These tidbits and the coverage of issues concerning Southern gardens make the title of value, though gathering the tips in an appendix or special section would have provided better access. For general collections.

Library Journal
Written for the small-scale (under five acres) market gardener, this book is useful for anyone seeking information on economically efficient, biologically based food production. Coleman describes natural agricultural practices which enhance plant vitality even without the use of ``organic'' pesticides. Many recommendations, such as crop rotation and use of green manures, are old methods; what is new is how Coleman directs their use to the small grower and explains how growers can find a market niche for organically grown produce. He provides information on using greenhouses and covers to extend the growing season and also explains how to use livestock to improve a small farm. This is a good addition for serious gardening collections.-- Peter C. Leonard, Mt. Lebanon P.L., Pa.
Booknews
This expansion of a now-classic guide originally published in 1989 is intended for the serious gardener or small-scale market farmer. It describes practical and sustainable ways of growing superb organic vegetables, with detailed coverage of scale and capital, marketing, livestock, the winter garden, soil fertility, weeds, and many other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Pat Stone
This is the best book on small-scale farming I've read in years.—Mother Earth News
Horticulture
Anybody seriously tempted to try . . . raising healthful food on healthy land . . . must first read The New Organic Grower. Coleman, who has been a quiet leader in the American organic movement for several decades, presents a balanced, logical exposition of his subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930031756
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Gardener's Supply Book Series
  • Edition description: Rev. and expanded ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 217,702
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliot Coleman has over thirty years' experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook, as well as the instructional workshop DVD Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman. Coleman and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, presently operate a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.

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Table of Contents

1. Agricultural craftsmanship
2. Land
3. Scale and capital
4. Part-time help
5. Marketing strategy
6. Planning and observation
7. Crop rotation
8. Green manures
9. Tillage
10. Soil fertility
11. Farm-generated fertility
12. Direct seeding
13. Transplanting
14. Soil blocks
15. Setting out transplants
16. Weeds
17. Pests?
18. Pests: temporary palliatives
19. Harvest
20. Marketing
21. Season extension
22. The movable feast
23. The winter garden
24. Livestock
25. The information resource
26. The final question
27. L'envoi
28. From artichokes to zucchini

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2009

    Excellent!

    Well-written, applicable and practical information. Buy anything Mr. Coleman writes.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Fantastic Reference Book

    Eliot Coleman shares his secrets of success and I'm sure that this is going to be an indispensable book in my home gardening library. Love it!

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