SUSTAINABLE MARKET FARMING
Author: Pam Dawling
Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. Growing market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production are aimed at the backyard and hobby gardeners who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres, targeted at serious growers in every climate zone.
Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:
- Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest, and storage
- Information about new and efficient techniques, season extension, and disease-resistant varieties
- Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise
Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.