The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman was one of the first gardening books I ever purchased, and the 30th Anniversary Edition is a worthy successor to the original. Whether you're a gardener or a market farmer, The New Organic Grower is an excellent addition for your garden library.
“The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat” by Rebecca Thistlewaite and Jim Dunlop comprehensively covers raising and ethically selling meat. They focus on effective, profitable techniques, backed by a wealth of experience. Their common sense practices and tips are beneficial to even experienced livestock raisers. Featured species include cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, and the niche species of bison, rabbits, elk, and deer. [Read more…] about The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising & Selling Ethical Meat
Farmers around the world are in crisis, with alarmingly high suicide rates. MinnStar Bank notes, “In recent years, more than half of the U.S. farm households have lost money on their farming operations each year, with an estimated average loss of ($1,325) for 2017. The loss in available household income from the farm operation is compensated for by off-farm household income earned by farm families…” American farmers are killing themselves in record numbers, with suicide rates at twice that of veterans. The problem is global.
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The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture by Andrew Mefferd is a call to action for organic growers to extend the production season of their local produce. The best way for market gardeners to retain customers is to have produce for them to buy – preferably year round. Andrew looks at the eight most profitable crops for protected culture and gives you the knowledge you need to grow them well.
I've seen too many farmers and friends hurt by inadequate income. This is the type of book we need to let us do what we love (grow things) and still support our families. [Read more…] about The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook – Change the Way You Grow
Given the wild weather that's been thumping parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world, I wanted to share an article I found recently titled, “Sustainable Methods for Dealing with Drought” by Dr. Phil Wheeler. While the author is primarily focused on farm scale production, the advice is just as good for the home gardener trying to feed their family. I'll include my notes and additional resources in italics. [Read more…] about Sustainable Methods for Dealing with Drought