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A practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation.
To many people today, using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though, the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots. Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits, making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable. By
explaining the lean system for identifying and eliminating waste and introducing efficiency in every aspect of the farm operation, The Lean Farm makes the case that small-scale farming can be an attractive career option for young people who are interested in growing food for their community.
Working smarter, not harder, also prevents the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter in the face of long, hard, backbreaking labor.
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.
Market 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!