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Growing for Market is America's most respected trade publication for local food producers. GFM keeps you informed about the business of growing and selling vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, plants, herbs, and other food products. If you are market gardening or farming, whatever your scale, we guarantee you'll find valuable information that will help make your business more profitable and enjoyable. Please join us today!

cover of August 2015 issueIn the August issue of GFM:

  • Farming couples share ideas and insights about how to keep relationships strong when you work together 24/7.
  • An innovative, unobtrusive deer fence.
  • A checklist to help you ensure a successful garlic harvest and post harvest.
  • A new tool that will help you select and combine cover crops to achieve your goals.
  • A profile of a 20-something farming couple who are grossing $100,000 their second year.
  • The best and easiest plant materials you can dry now for use through Christmas.

    Join as a Full Access member to get every issue as a PDF plus have access for one year to the Growing for Market archive. Or join as a Full Access PLUS member to get GFM by mail and have archive access.

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    Buy a print copy of the August 2015 issue.

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    NEW BOOKS — GFM subscribers get 20% off these and all books. To get the discount, log in first using the information provided in your current issue. Or phone us at 1-800-307-8949.

    cover of Homemade for SaleHomemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

    During the most recent recession, 42 states enacted cottage food laws to encourage the development of small businesses. While the details vary from state to state, in general these laws allow small-scale production and sale of homemade food products, providing an opportunity for market farmers to extend their seasons and increase their profits. This book is a great starting point for understanding the laws and getting ideas for a new sideline on your farm.


    Fresh from the Field Wedding FlowersFresh from the Field Wedding Flowers: An Illustrated Guide to Using Local & Sustainable Flowers for Your Wedding
    With 75 minutes of video tutorials on included CD
    By Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein

    Created for the eco-conscious couple committed to having a greener wedding, the specialty cut flower farmer who sells flowers for weddings, the floral designer who wishes to get in on the locally grown trend, and the passionate gardener who wants to grow flowers for events. 
    Illustrated with dozens of photographs from actual weddings, this book celebrates the romantic, bold, vibrant arrangements created by today's top floral designers using local flowers and other botanicals. It informs brides about how to find local growers, what levels of service to expect, and how to stretch a floral budget. It includes advice for DIY weddings, and instruction in basic floral design techniques.

    cover of Market Farming SuccessMarket Farming Success (Second Edition)
    by Lynn Byczynski

    This is a newly revised and expanded edition of the bestselling introduction to the business end of market farming. Condensing decades of growiing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, it identifies key areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles.

    cover of The Market Gardener
    The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming 
    by Jean-Martin Fortier
    A detailed look at a very small farm in Quebec, including crop plans and financial details. Prescriptive for some people, enlightening for all. 

    cover of The Organic Seed GrowerThe 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.

    Getting a high tunnel? We have the resources you need to succeed year-round.

    Hoophouse Handbook - Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

    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!

    Cover of Local Color book cover of The Flower Farmer Specialty Cut Flowers cover

    Crop Planning on Organic Vegetable Farms

    Crop Planning Book

    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.
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    These articles have recently been added to Growing for Market Online


    Build your business with photographs

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    Growing muskmelons, a.k.a. cantaloupes

    (in: Archive)

    A small farm in Ireland

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    Two options to keep records in the field

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    Proliferation of microbreweries creates abundant supply of mulching material

    (in: Archive)

    Farming with a family The practicalities of growing from a 2-person to a 3-person farm

    (in: Archive)

    Foliage makes flowers special

    (in: Archive)

    Salad greens for hot summer weather

    (in: Archive)

    Cottage food laws create opportunity

    (in: Archive)

    Aspirations for the CSA movement

    (in: Archive)
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