Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping: Soil Resiliency and Health on the Organic Farm

Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping: Soil Resiliency and Health on the Organic Farm

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603583459
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Series: Organic Principles and Practices Handbook Series
Edition description: Revised and updated edition
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 599,149
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Seth Kroeck has been working and managing organic farms in the Northeast and California for the past eight years. He is currently working on his own farm, Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Maura, and their son, Griffin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Historical Roots 4

3 Thinking Beyond This Season's Cash Crop 7

Why Make the Effort? 7

Tillage 12

Weed Control 14

Animal Factors 14

Cash and Cover Crops 15

4 What Is a Good Rotation? 16

Create a Map of Your Farm 17

Grouping Crops 20

Compiling Your Crop Groupings and Adding Them to the Map 29

Sample Groupings/Rotations on a Hypothetical Farm 31

5 The Economics of Rotations and Cover Cropping 43

Organizing Your Work 43

Reducing Inputs and Labor through Soil Improvement 44

Costs of Establishing a Rotation with Cover Crops 45

6 Two On-Farm Examples 54

Eileen Droescher, Ol'Turtle Farm, Easthampton, Massachusetts 54

David Colson, New Leaf Farm, Durham, Maine 55

Appendix: Rotations, Cover Crops, and Green Manures (Excerpts from The Real Dirt) 57

Endnotes 73

Bibliography 75

Internet Sources 77

Index 79

About the Author and Illustrator 85

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