The June/July 2014 issue is now available, featuring these articles:
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- Food safety becomes more important than ever in summer, when high temperatures promote bacterial growth. Learn how to handle leafy greens to minimize the risk of foodborne illness.
- Lyme disease “is too much a reality for us to ignore,” writes a Maryland farmer who has had it five times. He offers advice on how to recognize, prevent, and treat what he calls “an insidious and almost secretive malady.”
- Grow asparagus beans if you need a crop that is trouble-free and attention grabbing at market. This culinary specialty is rarely found in supermarkets, yet it’s popular in many world cuisines.
- Get your farmer friends together and build your own equipment, following the French model of ‘autoconstruction’ workshops
- Unsure of how to price flowers? Our flower farmer columnist provides guidance on setting prices for florists, wholesalers, supermarkets, farmers markets, and weddings.
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Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers: An Illustrated Guide to Using Local & Sustainable Flowers for Your Wedding
With 75 minutes of video tutorials on included CDBy Lynn Byczynski and Erin BenzakeinCreated 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.
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 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 Update is a collection of Growing for Market articles about hoophouse production. Available in print or as a PDF download. Hoophouse Handbook is available as a PDF; a revised print edition is in the works.
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