Below is a list of books and other resources that have helped us along the way.
We have read and refer to these books; used and use these products on our USDA Certified Organic farm.
Trust us that they are practical tools for your Organic farming lifestyle.
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One of the first books that started us on the road to becoming professional vegetable growers. Yup, I was working at a micro-green greenhouse the first time I read this. Everyday at lunch and on break I read Elliot. Wow. It changed my life.
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Eliot Coleman has some very good books you should read. Take out the romance when you read them and you’ll have great resources. I promise.
This book is great. You can identify most every weed you see with a cool flow chart. When people ask,”What is this weed?” I say, ” I don’t know; let’s get the weed book.” It’s from Cornell; so it’s professional. That’s what you want in a resource.
A great classic farming book. Not only a good read, this book has timeless advice for anyone who thinks they want to farm. Meaning, farming is a business; treat it as such.
Another classic.This one is an excellent source for real professional farming techniques. Old school, yes, and if you’re going to start small, read this.
Very good reference in January and February when you’re transplanting. Mine is very dirty. If you do a lot of transplanting already you’ll know what I mean.
The Ball RedBook is a terrific reference while tray seeding in the winter. This describes primarily flower production and the exact temperatures, DIF’s, light requirements, etc. This one is dirtier than the plug book above!
Jeavons is a California guru type. A nice book for the backyard power gardener. It explains soil heath and life cycles and contains excellent fundamental backyard growing techniques.
Permaculture concepts are very good tools for backyard farming and small farms. This book is by the originators of the concept. When it comes to permaculture, I’d stick to reading the stuff from these authors only.
The Omnivore’s dilemma is a great read. It does a good job describing our current food system. Not a farming book; an eating book.
This book describes the mindset of one of the first chefs to promote the local food movement. Read it if you’re a local chef.
JACK wears these in the field, Exclusively. Light, water resistant, pull on. Nice farming footwear. I like the Jobber because it offers some support and the dirt doesn’t get into your shoes so fast. One warning, traction isn’t the best in wet weather and on hills like ours yet we wear them everyday. Try the winter boots too. Nice footwear.
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