The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition

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by Eliot Coleman, Sheri Amsel, Molly Cook Field
     
 

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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,

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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 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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603580144
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
575,386
File size:
10 MB

What People are saying about this

Robert Rodale
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.
Paul Hawken
I know of no other person...who can produce better result 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 Stewart Brand would call 'local science'. (Paul Hawken, from the Foreword)

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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The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, applicable and practical information. Buy anything Mr. Coleman writes.
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toddio More than 1 year ago
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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