Small Scale Grain Raising

Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603582162
Release Date: 2009-05-12
Genre: Technology & Engineering

First published in 1977, this book—from one of America’s most famous and prolific agricultural writers—became an almost instant classic among homestead gardeners and small farmers. Now fully updated and available once more, Small-Scale Grain Raising offers a entirely new generation of readers the best introduction to a wide range of both common and lesser-known specialty grains and related field crops, from corn, wheat, and rye to buckwheat, millet, rice, spelt, flax, and even beans and sunflowers. More and more Americans are seeking out locally grown foods, yet one of the real stumbling blocks to their efforts has been finding local sources for grains, which are grown mainly on large, distant corporate farms. At the same time, commodity prices for grains—and the products made from them—have skyrocketed due to rising energy costs and increased demand. In this book, Gene Logsdon proves that anyone who has access to a large garden or small farm can (and should) think outside the agribusiness box and learn to grow healthy whole grains or beans—the base of our culinary food pyramid—alongside their fruits and vegetables. Starting from the simple but revolutionary concept of the garden “pancake patch,” Logsdon opens up our eyes to a whole world of plants that we wrongly assume only the agricultural “big boys” can grow. He succinctly covers all the basics, from planting and dealing with pests, weeds, and diseases to harvesting, processing, storing, and using whole grains. There are even a few recipes sprinkled throughout, along with more than a little wit and wisdom. Never has there been a better time, or a more receptive audience, for this book. Localvores, serious home gardeners, CSA farmers, and whole-foods advocates—in fact, all people who value fresh, high-quality foods—will find a field full of information and ideas in this once and future classic.

Uprisings

Author: Sarah Simpson
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717343
Release Date: 2013-10-29
Genre: Gardening

From seed to loaf ? everything you need to know about growing grain locally

High Yield Vegetable Gardening

Author: Colin McCrate
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612123967
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Gardening

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening teaches readers how to grow a productive home vegetable garden using methods the authors (former CSA farmers) developed while working with hundreds of novice urban farmers. McCrate and Halm demonstrate how to scale down CSA growing techniques in order to scale up your home vegetable garden — from planning specific quantities of particular crops to seed-startingen masse, using land efficiently with smart crop rotation, using intensive soil management techniques, extending the growing season, and integrating nonfood crops into the mix.

Homegrown Whole Grains

Author: Sara Pitzer
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603421539
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Cooking

A resource that has everything gardeners need to know to grow, harvest, store, grind, and cook small crops of nine types of whole grains also includes fifty recipes to bring whole grains to the family table. Original.

Sustainable Market Farming

Author: Pam Dawling
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550925128
Release Date: 2013-01-25
Genre: Gardening

Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.

Restoring Heritage Grains

Author: Eli Rogosa
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603586702
Release Date: 2016-05
Genre: Wheat

Including recipes for baking with Einkorn Wheat has long been one of the world's most widely consumed and cultivated grains, yet it has been transformed over the course of the past fifty to one hundred years. Once considered as iconic "amber waves of grain" and as an essential staple crop for making "our daily bread" or "staff of life," today we are just as apt to hear about the ill effects of consuming it. Witness the increased incidence of gluten intolerance or "wheat belly." What has changed, in large part, is the way in which we grow our wheat and the modern varieties that have made possible enormous harvests, but at a very steep cost. Large industrial farming, dependent on monocultures and the heavy use of fertilizers and herbicides, can have deleterious effects, not only on our own health, but that of our land, water, and environment as a whole. Fortunately, heritage "landrace" wheats--crops that have been selected over generations to be well adapted to their local environments--do not need bio-chemical interventions to grow well and yield bountifully. Yet these robust and diverse wheats that nourished our ancestors for countless generations are nearly extinct today. In Restoring Heritage Grains, author Eli Rogosa, of the Heritage Grain Conservancy, invites readers to pore over a menagerie of "forgotten" grains: diverse, landrace wheat varieties such as emmer, a strain domesticated in the Fertile Crescent that is perfect for pasta and flatbreads; mirabil, or the "miracle wheat"; durum, a high-protein, low-gluten variety; and Indian wheat, also known as shot, a rare species that is drought-tolerant and high in protein. These and the many other heritage grains Rogosa exhibits each have a lineage intertwined with that of the human species, and can and should be grown once again. Combining the history of grain growing and society, in-depth practical advice on landrace wheat husbandry, wheat folktales and mythology, and recipes for flours, breads, and beers, Restoring Heritage Grains invites readers to explore a rich history that has only recently been overshadowed by modern industrial wheat. In the end, organically grown, diverse wheat may well be one the best solutions to hunger, one that will be needed to feed the world's growing population in the decades to come.

Organic Orcharding

Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
ISBN: 1626545790
Release Date: 2016-04-20
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Back in print for a new generation of fruit-growers, "Organic Orcharding" will teach you everything you need to know about planning, planting, and maintaining your very own orchard. Gene Logsdon is renowned in the agricultural community for his creative, pragmatic, and holistic take on farming of all kinds. In "Organic Orcharding" he explains how to select the best trees for your orchard's climate; which tree varieties best complement each other; when each variety blooms; and when you ought to harvest. You'll also find insightful tips on: Developing woodlots Preventing diseases in fruit and nut trees Maintaining healthy fruit and nut trees Storing your produce And more! With useful charts, tables, and diagrams for efficient referencing, "Organic Orcharding" is not to be missed. Perfect for gardeners who are interested in learning to grow fruits and nuts, orchardists who want to go organic, homesteaders, and anyone who loves the smell of an orchard in full bloom.

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties

Author: Carol Deppe
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781890132729
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Gardening

"[Book title] is the definitive guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower. Discover: how to breed for a wide range of different traits (flavor, size, shape, or color; cold or heat tolerance; pest and disease resistance; and regional adaptation); how to save seed and maintain varieties; how to conduct your own variety trials and other farm- or garden-based research; how to breed for performance under organic or sustainable growing methods."--Back cover.

The Organic Seed Grower

Author: John Navazio
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603584524
Release Date: 2012-12-17
Genre: Technology & Engineering

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically. Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini. In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including: The reproductive biology of crop plants Annual vs. biennial seed crops Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity Seed crop climates Seed-borne diseases Seed-cleaning basics Seed storage for farmers and more . . . This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop. With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.

The Resilient Gardener

Author: Carol Deppe
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603583152
Release Date: 2010-10-05
Genre: Gardening

Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for organic gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields — resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In the last half of The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends and illustrates these principles with detailed information about growing and using five key crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. In this book you’ll learn how to: •Garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change •Grow, store, and use more of your own staple crops •Garden efficiently and comfortably (even if you have a bad back) •Grow, store, and cook different varieties of potatoes and save your own potato seed •Grow the right varieties of corn to make your own gourmet-quality fast-cooking polenta, cornbread, parched corn, corn cakes, pancakes and even savory corn gravy •Make whole-grain, corn-based breads and cakes using the author’s original gluten-free recipes involving no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products •Grow and use popbeans and other grain legumes •Grow, store, and use summer, winter, and drying squash •Keep a home laying flock of ducks or chickens; integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed. The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on organic gardening book, and is suitable for vegetable gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their vegetable gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years. Organic gardening, vegetable gardening, self-sufficiency, subsistence gardening, gluten-free living.

The New Organic Grower

Author: Eliot Coleman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603580144
Release Date: 1995-10-01
Genre: Gardening

With more than 45,000 sold since 1989, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as: Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available. The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up. The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses. Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants. The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live. Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

In Defense of Food

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101147382
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

#1 New York Times Bestseller Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. "Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience." -Frank Bruni, The New York Times " A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave." -The Washington Post "A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "In Defense of Food is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots." -The Seattle Times Michael Pollan’s most recent book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it serves as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Successful Berry Growing

Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
ISBN: 1626546002
Release Date: 2016-04-15
Genre: Cooking

A garden without berries is like spring without flowers. But with ever-increasing prices at grocery stores and markets, berries have sadly become a rare treat for most people. "Successful Berry Growing" is a book to solve this problem for good! A lifelong organic farmer, homesteader and student of everything agricultural, Gene Logsdon knows a thing or two about growing berries. And although "Successful Berry Growing" is geared to the small-scale or family operation, the information inside is useful for growing berries on any scale. You ll learn how to: Optimize your soil for berry growing Choose the right berry varieties for your climate Properly plant and prune your berry plants Keep your plants healthy and disease-free With detailed information on cultivating strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, currants, gooseberries, cranberries, elderberries, huckleberries and more, "Successful Berry Growing" is all you need to grow nature s most delicious candy in your own backyard! Gene Logsdon and his wife Carol have a small-scale experimental farm in Wyandot County, Ohio. Gene is the author of numerous books and magazine articles on farm-related issues, and believes sustainable pastoral farming is the solution for our stressed agricultural system."

The Omnivore s Dilemma

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594200823
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Cooking

An ecological and anthropological study of eating offers insight into food consumption in the twenty-first century, explaining how an abundance of unlimited food varieties reveals the responsibilities of everyday consumers to protect their health and the environment. By the author of The Botany of Desire. 125,000 first printing.