Market Farming Success

Filename: market-farming-success.pdf
ISBN: 9781603583862
Release Date: 2013
Number of pages: 275
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online Market Farming Success in PDF and EPUB Market Farming Success is an indispensable guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants. Condensing decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, Lynn Byczynski - editor and publisher of Growing for Market - identifies crucial areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles. This book differentiates between market gardens, market farms, and vegetable farms, offering a concise and useful overview of how to find land, select and grow crops, acquire appropriate equipment, and market your produce, as well as tackle recordkeeping, insurance, and other fundamental business topics.--COVER.


Sustainable Market Farming

Filename: sustainable-market-farming.pdf
ISBN: 9781550925128
Release Date: 2013-01-25
Number of pages: 456
Author: Pam Dawling
Publisher: New Society Publishers

Download and read online Sustainable Market Farming in PDF and EPUB Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.


The Flower Farmer

Filename: the-flower-farmer.pdf
ISBN: 9781603580762
Release Date: 2008-02-22
Number of pages: 284
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online The Flower Farmer in PDF and EPUB The domestic cut flower business has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, thanks in large part to the first edition of The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, which helped thousands of small growers start successful businesses. This newly expanded and thoroughly revised edition will be equally as influential for novices and experienced growers alike. With the cut flower business growing at record rates, demand is at all time highs, challenging growers to take advantage of new techniques to prolong the harvest. New sections on utilizing greenhouses, recommendations for flower cultivars, and post harvest handling growers throughout all of North America will help improve their bottom line. Also updated is the acclaimed resource directory, complete with sources of seeds, plants and supplies, and expert information on organic production under the National Organic Program. For the beginner and backyard gardener, there is an extensive section on the basics—variety selection, soil preparation, planting, cultivation, harvest, and floral design. For the commercial grower, The Flower Farmer includes information about larger-scale production, plus advice about selling to florists, wholesalers, supermarkets, brides, at farmers markets, and more. Also includes revised profiles of successful growers offering behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of some of the cutting edge flower farmers in the country. Because of the extensive revisions and enhanced content, this new edition of The Flower Farmer is essential reading for those already in the flower business, as well as those who dream of growing flowers for enjoyment or profit.


Starting Running Your Own Small Farm Business

Filename: starting-running-your-own-small-farm-business.pdf
ISBN: 9781603429191
Release Date: 2008-01-16
Number of pages: 176
Author: Sarah Beth Aubrey
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Download and read online Starting Running Your Own Small Farm Business in PDF and EPUB Running your own small farm is demanding enough, but making it profitable presents a host of further challenges. In this business-savvy guide to farming on a small scale, Sarah Aubrey covers everything from financial plans and advertising budgets to web design and food service wholesalers. Learn how to isolate your target audience and craft artisanal products that will delight and amaze customers. With a solid business strategy in place, you can confidently turn your passion into a productive and profitable venture.


The Urban Farmer

Filename: the-urban-farmer.pdf
ISBN: 9781771421911
Release Date: 2015-12-14
Number of pages: 288
Author: Curtis Stone
Publisher: New Society Publishers

Download and read online The Urban Farmer in PDF and EPUB There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.


The Flower Farmer

Filename: the-flower-farmer.pdf
ISBN: 9781603580762
Release Date: 2008-02-22
Number of pages: 284
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online The Flower Farmer in PDF and EPUB The domestic cut flower business has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, thanks in large part to the first edition of The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, which helped thousands of small growers start successful businesses. This newly expanded and thoroughly revised edition will be equally as influential for novices and experienced growers alike. With the cut flower business growing at record rates, demand is at all time highs, challenging growers to take advantage of new techniques to prolong the harvest. New sections on utilizing greenhouses, recommendations for flower cultivars, and post harvest handling growers throughout all of North America will help improve their bottom line. Also updated is the acclaimed resource directory, complete with sources of seeds, plants and supplies, and expert information on organic production under the National Organic Program. For the beginner and backyard gardener, there is an extensive section on the basics—variety selection, soil preparation, planting, cultivation, harvest, and floral design. For the commercial grower, The Flower Farmer includes information about larger-scale production, plus advice about selling to florists, wholesalers, supermarkets, brides, at farmers markets, and more. Also includes revised profiles of successful growers offering behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of some of the cutting edge flower farmers in the country. Because of the extensive revisions and enhanced content, this new edition of The Flower Farmer is essential reading for those already in the flower business, as well as those who dream of growing flowers for enjoyment or profit.


The Market Gardener

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ISBN: 9781550925555
Release Date: 2014-02-17
Number of pages: 240
Author: Jean-Martin Fortier
Publisher: New Society Publishers

Download and read online The Market Gardener in PDF and EPUB Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods


Growing and Selling Fresh Cut Herbs

Filename: growing-and-selling-fresh-cut-herbs.pdf
ISBN: 1580171281
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Number of pages: 453
Author: Sandie Shores
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Download and read online Growing and Selling Fresh Cut Herbs in PDF and EPUB Learn how to do market research, write a business plan, and identify potential market partnerships in this book that also includes easy-to-follow growing information, tips for operating a greenhouse, and more. Illustrations.


The Farmer s Office

Filename: the-farmer-s-office.pdf
ISBN: 9781550926101
Release Date: 2016-08-29
Number of pages: 272
Author: Julia Shanks
Publisher: New Society Publishers

Download and read online The Farmer s Office in PDF and EPUB Starting and running a farm makes one into both a farmer and an entrepreneur, and to be ecologically and financially sustainable, farmers must understand basic accounting and bookkeeping in order to manage their growing business. The Farmer’s Office gives farmers the tools they need to think like an entrepreneur and thoughtfully manage their business for success.


Sharing the Harvest

Filename: sharing-the-harvest.pdf
ISBN: 9781603580755
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Number of pages: 320
Author: Elizabeth Henderson
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online Sharing the Harvest in PDF and EPUB To an increasing number of American families the CSA (community supported agriculture) is the answer to the globalization of our food supply. The premise is simple: create a partnership between local farmers and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers in support of the farm. In exchange for paying in advance--at the beginning of the growing season, when the farm needs financing--CSA members receive the freshest, healthiest produce throughout the season and keep money, jobs, and farms in their own community. In this thoroughly revised and expanded edition of a Chelsea Green classic, authors Henderson and Van En provide new insight into making CSA not only a viable economic model, but the right choice for food lovers and farmers alike. Thinking and buying local is quickly moving from a novel idea to a mainstream activity. The groundbreaking first edition helped spark a movement and, with this revised edition, Sharing the Harvest is poised to lead the way toward a revitalized agriculture.


The Four Season Farm Gardener s Cookbook

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ISBN: 9780761176817
Release Date: 2013-02-19
Number of pages: 496
Author: Barbara Damrosch
Publisher: Workman Publishing

Download and read online The Four Season Farm Gardener s Cookbook in PDF and EPUB Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are America’s foremost organic gardeners—and authorities. Barbara is the author of The Garden Primer, and Eliot wrote the bible for organic gardening, The New Organic Grower. Today they are the face of the locavore movement, working through their extraordinary Four Season Farm in Maine. And now they’ve written the book on how to grow what you eat, and cook what you grow. The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook is two books in one. It’s a complete four-season cookbook with 120 recipes from Barbara, a master cook as well as master gardener, who shows how to maximize the fruits—and vegetables—of your labors, from Stuffed Squash Blossom Fritters to Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables to Hazelnut Torte with Summer Berries. And it’s a step-by-step garden guide that works no matter how big or small your plot, with easy-to-follow instructions and plans for different gardens. It covers size of the garden, nourishing the soil, planning ahead, and the importance of rotating crops—yes, even in your backyard. And, at the core, individual instructions on the crops, from the hardy and healthful cabbage family to fourteen essential culinary herbs. Eating doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard.


Street Farm

Filename: street-farm.pdf
ISBN: 9781603586030
Release Date: 2016-08-17
Number of pages: 256
Author: Michael Ableman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online Street Farm in PDF and EPUB Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves. During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms—now North America’s largest urban farm project—has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems. Sole Food’s mission is to encourage small farms in every urban neighborhood so that good food can be accessible to all, and to do so in a manner that allows everyone to participate in the process. In Street Farm, author-photographer-farmer Michael Ableman chronicles the challenges, growth, and success of this groundbreaking project and presents compelling portraits of the neighborhood residents-turned-farmers whose lives have been touched by it. Throughout, he also weaves his philosophy and insights about food and farming, as well as the fundamentals that are the underpinnings of success for both rural farms and urban farms. Street Farm will inspire individuals and communities everywhere by providing a clear vision for combining innovative farming methods with concrete social goals, all of which aim to create healthier and more resilient communities.


The New Farmers Market

Filename: the-new-farmers-market.pdf
ISBN: 0963281429
Release Date: 2001
Number of pages: 257
Author: Vance Corum
Publisher: New World Pub

Download and read online The New Farmers Market in PDF and EPUB Offers advice about farmers' markets for farmers, market managers, and city planners, covering choosing crops, keeping records, staffing a booth, retail storefronts, displays, merchandising, sales, promotion, challenges, opportunities, management issues, and other related topics; and discusses trends.


Food Plague

Filename: food-plague.pdf
ISBN: 098932642X
Release Date: 2013-05-19
Number of pages:
Author: Arden Andersen
Publisher:

Download and read online Food Plague in PDF and EPUB This book covers the truth about the dangers of genetically modified foods and glyphosate plus other issues of food quality from grass-fed beef and A1 v. A2 milk to hormones and farm-raised fish. The book concludes with the solutions to these problems.


The Hop Grower s Handbook

Filename: the-hop-grower-s-handbook.pdf
ISBN: 9781603585569
Release Date: 2016-05-27
Number of pages: 288
Author: Laura Ten Eyck
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online The Hop Grower s Handbook in PDF and EPUB With information on siting, planting, tending, harvesting, processing, and brewing It’s hard to think about beer these days without thinking about hops. The runaway craft beer market’s convergence with the ever-expanding local foods movement is helping to spur a local-hops renaissance. The demand from craft brewers for local ingredients to make beer—such as hops and barley—is robust and growing. That’s good news for farmers looking to diversify, but the catch is that hops have not been grown commercially in the eastern United States for nearly a century. Today, farmers from Maine to North Carolina are working hard to respond to the craft brewers’ desperate call for locally grown hops. But questions arise: How best to create hop yards—virtual forests of 18-foot poles that can be expensive to build? How to select hop varieties, and plant and tend the bines, which often take up to three years to reach full production? How to best pick, process, and price them for market? And, how best to manage the fungal diseases and insects that wiped out the eastern hop industry 100 years ago, and which are thriving in the hotter and more humid states thanks to climate change? Answers to these questions can be found in The Hop Grower’s Handbook—the only book on the market about raising hops sustainably, on a small scale, for the commercial craft beer market in the Northeast. Written by hop farmers and craft brewery owners Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring, The Hop Grower’s Handbook is a beautifully photographed and illustrated book that weaves the story of their Helderberg Hop Farm with the colorful history of New York and New England hop farming, relays horticultural information about the unusual hop plant and the mysterious resins it produces that give beer a distinctively bitter flavor, and includes an overview of the numerous native, heirloom, and modern varieties of hops and their purposes. The authors also provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the beer-brewing process—critical for hop growers to understand in order be able to provide the high-quality product brewers want to buy—along with recipes from a few of their favorite home and micro-brewers. The book also provides readers with detailed information on: • Selecting, preparing, and designing a hop yard site, including irrigation; • Tending to the hops, with details on best practices to manage weeds, insects, and diseases; and, • Harvesting, drying, analyzing, processing, and pricing hops for market. The overwhelming majority of books and resources devoted to hop production currently available are geared toward the Pacific Northwest’s large-scale commercial growers, who use synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers and deal with regionally specific climate, soils, weeds, and insect populations. Ten Eyck and Gehring, however, focus on farming hops sustainably. While they relay their experience about growing in a new Northeastern climate subject to the higher temperatures and volatile cycles of drought and deluge brought about by global warming, this book will be an essential resource for home-scale and small-scale commercial hops growers in all regions.