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When a local business owner offered to help an Indiana market farm apply "lean" principles as used in manufacturing, the farmer was skeptical. But "leaning up" the farm turned out to be a revolution in efficiency.
The May 2013 issue is now available, featuring these articles:
A Maine grower continues his series about how he increased yield dramatically in his high tunnel tomatoes.
A Virginia grower explains how to choose the right edamame (edible soybean) varieties for the longest season of harvest.
A Vermont grower renowned for promoting recordkeeping on the farm writes about how to keep minimal records that are still useful.
An Iowa farmer continues his five-part series on how to improve food safety practices for fresh produce; this time, he covers equipment, tools, and buildings.
A Washington flower farmer reports on a wedding design workshop she recently attended, with advice on the latest trends for brides.
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The Organic Seed Grower by John Navazio
A comprehensive manual for organic vegetable growers who would like to grow high-quality seed for their own use or to sell to seed companies. Clear instruction in growing vegetables for seed, selecting the best plants for local conditions, harvesting and processing seeds.
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz
Everything you need to know to start fermenting foods at home, whether it's as simple as yogurt and sauerkraut or as complex as cheese and wine. This is a huge book covering every aspect of this ancient method of food preservations. Many growers are developing value-added products that cater to the popularity of fermented foods. There may be a market niche there for you!
Getting a high tunnel? We have the resources you need to succeed year-round.
Hoophouse Bundle: A special price for our bestselling Hoophouse Handbook plus the 2011 Hoophouse Update.
Year-Round Vegetable Production Box Set: Includes Winter Harvest Handbook and a DVD of a workshop presented by Eliot Coleman about his year-round production of vegetables in hoophouses and low tunnels.
Walking to Spring: Paul and Alison Wiediger explain their year-round use of hoophouses at their farm in Kentucky.
Interested in growing flowers? Start here!
Growing for Market is Information Central for Cut Flowers. Our editor and publisher, Lynn Byczynski, wrote the book on small-scale commercial cut flower production: The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers. To purchase a signed copy, Click here.
Every issue of GFM has a column by the best flower growers in the U.S. Erin Benzakein, who is both a grower and a talented floral designer, is our current columnist. You can read her by becoming a subscriber.
Frank and Pamela Arnosky wrote a regular flower column for Growing for Market for more than a decade. Their columns are collected in the book Local Color, available in print from the GFM bookstore. Or read it right now by downloading the E-book! We also sell Specialty Cut Flowers by Allan Armitage and Judy Laushman, which is the essential reference work on every kind of cut flower. You will open it every day in spring!
Crop Planning on Organic Vegetable Farms
This book gives you a field-tested eleven step planning approach that will take some of the chaos out of your business and help you move towards profitability. In steps one and two, you’ll learn how to set realistic financial goals and figure out how to meet them through your marketing outlets. In steps three to eight, you will learn how to develop an actual crop plan. In step nine, you’ll learn how to implement your crop plan and record what actually happens in the field. In steps ten and eleven, you will analyze how your crop plan fared and start planning for next year.Click here to order