The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture

Author: Andrew Mefferd

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603586377

Category:

Page: 288

View: 1756

Best practices for the eight most profitable crops Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Why? Because they know and employ best practices for the most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and microgreens. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook levels the playing field by revealing these practices so that all growers--large and small--can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether growing in a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for how to best manage crops that goes beyond a list of simple do's and don'ts. As senior trial technician for greenhouse crops at Johnny's Selected Seeds, author Andrew Mefferd spent seven years consulting for growers using protected agriculture in a wide variety of climates, soils, and conditions. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook brings his experience and expertise to bear in an in-depth guide that will help readers make their investment in greenhouse space worthwhile. Every year, more growers are turning to protected culture to deal with unpredictable weather and to meet out-of-season demand for local food, but many end up spinning their wheels, wasting time and money on unprofitable crops grown in ways that don't make the most of their precious greenhouse space. With comprehensive chapters on temperature control and crop steering, pruning and trellising, grafting, and more, Mefferd's book is full of techniques and strategies that can help farms stay profitable, satisfy customers, and become an integral part of re-localizing our food system. From seed to sale, The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook is the indispensable resource for protected growing.

The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

More In-Depth Lean Techniques for Efficient Organic Production

Author: Ben Hartman

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603587004

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

View: 9356

At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste—of time, labor, space, money, and more—every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work. In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable. These methods include: Using Japanese paper pot transplanters Building your own germinating chambers Leaning up your greenhouse Making and applying simple composts Using lean techniques for pest and weed control Creating Heijunka, or load-leveling calendars for efficient planning Farming is not static, and improvement requires constant change. The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables offers strategies for farmers to stay flexible and profitable even in the face of changing weather and markets. Much more than a simple exercise in cost-cutting, lean farming is about growing better, not cheaper, food—the food your customers want.

The Year-Round Hoophouse

Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates

Author: Pam Dawling

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1771422505

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 6400

Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels or polytunnels – reduces the impact of an increasingly unpredictable climate on crops, mitigates soil erosion, extends the growing season and keeps leafy greens alive through the winter, and enables growers to supply more regional food needs. The Year-Round Hoophouse is a comprehensive guide to to designing and building a hoophouse and making a success of growing abundant, delicious fresh produce all year, whatever your climate and land size. Chapters include: Hoophouse siting, size, style, frame construction, and tools Bed layout, soil, crop rotations, and extensive coverage of various crops for all seasons Organic solutions to pests and diseases Disaster preparation Tested resources for each chapter. The Year-Round Hoophouse is ideal for farmers who wish to move into protected growing, as well as beginning farmers in rural and urban spaces. It is an essential reference resource for professors and students of courses in sustainable agriculture, as well as interns and apprentices learning on the job.

Fruitful Labor

The Ecology, Economy, and Practice of a Family Farm

Author: Mike Madison

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603587942

Category: Family farms

Page: 176

View: 1063

As the average age of America's farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical information they need to succeed in a job that can be both difficult and deeply fulfilling. In Fruitful Labor, Mike Madison meticulously describes the ecology of his own small family farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. He covers issues of crop ecology such as soil fertility, irrigation needs, and species interactions, as well as the broader agroecological issues of the social, economic, regulatory, and technological environments in which the farm operates. The final section includes an extensive analysis of sustainability on every level. Pithy, readable, and highly relevant, this book covers both the ecology and the economy of a truly sustainable agriculture. Although Madison's farm is unique, the broad lessons he has gleaned from his more than three decades as an organic farmer will resonate strongly with the new generation of farmers who work the land, wherever they might live. *This book is part of Chelsea Green Publishing's NEW FARMER LIBRARY series, where we collect innovative ideas, hard-earned wisdom, and practical advice from pioneers of the ecological farming movement--for the next generation. The series is a collection of proven techniques and philosophies from experienced voices committed to deep organic, small-scale, regenerative farming. Each book in the series offers the new farmer essential tips, inspiration, and first-hand knowledge of what it takes to grow food close to the land.

Das geheime Leben der Kühe

Mit einem Vorwort von Alan Bennett

Author: Rosamund Young

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641222311

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 2800

Wie fühlt es sich an, eine Kuh zu sein? Ziemlich ähnlich wie ein Mensch. Davon ist Rosamund Young, britische Ökobäuerin der ersten Stunde, überzeugt: Kühe haben Gefühle und gehen persönliche Beziehungen ein. Sie sprechen miteinander, geben ihre Weisheit weiter, kümmern sich um den Nachwuchs, spielen Verstecken, sind beleidigt, verärgert, traurig oder aufgekratzt. Young, die auf ihrer Farm Kite‘s Nest in den Cotswolds im Herzen Englands seit vielen Jahren biologische Landwirtschaft betreibt, hat zu ihren Kühen ein ganz besonderes Verhältnis. »Ich bin keine Schriftstellerin, ich bin Ghostwriter für meine Kühe«, sagt sie. Youngs ebenso warmherziges wie charmantes Plädoyer für einen Umgang mit den Tieren auf Augenhöhe verändert unseren Blick und lässt uns staunen. »Niemand, der dieses Buch gelesen hat, wird Kühe so sehen wie zuvor.« The Guardian

Handbuch Wintergärtnerei

Frisches Biogemüse rund ums Jahr

Author: Eliot Coleman

Publisher: Löwenzahn Verlag

ISBN: 3706627671

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 7212

ERNTEN SIE KNACKIGES BIOGEMÜSE JETZT AUCH IM WINTER! Der Bio-Pionier und erfolgreiche Biogärtner Eliot Coleman erklärt, wie engagierte Biogärtner im Winter Ihr Gemüse ohne zusätzliche Heizkosten anbauen können! Sie erfahren, welche Gemüsesorten am besten geeignet sind, was eine kluge Fruchtfolge ist und wie der Schutz vor Kälte im ungeheizten Gewächshaus oder im Folientunnel funktioniert. Ausführliche Tabellen mit Sortenempfehlungen und durchdachten Anbauplänen zeigen übersichtlich, wann Sie welche Sorten am besten auspflanzen und ernten können. Dank des umfangreichen Registers können Sie die Inhalte jederzeit nachschlagen. Ausgehend von alten, europäischen Anbautechniken zeigt Coleman unzählige Möglichkeiten auf, die Wintermonate für die Gemüseernte auf ökologische Art und Weise zu nutzen. Eine europäische Klimakarte, Weblinks zu Tageslängentabellen für den gesamten deutschen Sprachraum und lokale Bezugsquellen in D/A/CH bringen das alte Wissen zurück in mitteleuropäische Gärten und Felder. Frischer Spinat im November? Knackiger Salat im Februar? Die Winterpause für Ihren Biogarten ist vorbei, denn Kälte sorgt für besonders zartes und aromatisches Gemüse. Seine Ideen und anschaulichen Anleitungen sind eine wertvolle Inspirationsquelle für engagierte Biogärtner, Biobauern und Selbstversorger. • das Standardwerk für Selbstversorger, Profigärtner und engagierte Hobbygärtner • der USA-Bestseller Winterharvest Handbook jetzt auf Deutsch • erprobtes Wissen und jahrelang gesammelte Erfahrungswerte vom Experten • für den kleinen Biogarten, den Selbstversorgergarten oder die Biolandwirtschaft • wichtige Grundregeln und Techniken detailliert und verständlich erklärt • neueste Erkenntnisse zum Winteranbau im eigenen Biogarten • zahlreiche Farbfotos, Grafiken und Anbaupläne

The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming

Author: Jean-Martin Fortier,Marie Bilodeau

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865717656

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

View: 3941

Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

Android Smartphones für Dummies

Author: Dan Gookin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527814388

Category: Computers

Page: 334

View: 1125

Egal welches Android-Smartphone Sie Ihr eigen nennen - ob von Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony oder HTC, um nur einige Hersteller zu nennen - und egal mit welcher Android-Version das Smartphone läuft, in diesem Buch erfahren Sie, wie Sie alles aus Ihrem Gerät herausholen können. Richten Sie Ihr Smartphone gemäß Ihren Bedürfnissen ein, surfen Sie im Internet, lesen Sie Ihre Mails, nutzen Sie soziale Netzwerke wie Facebook, Instagram und Twitter, laden Sie Apps und Musik auf Ihr Smartphone, finden Sie alle wichtigen Funktionen und noch ein paar mehr. Dieses Buch führt Sie in die verborgenen Tiefen Ihres Smartphones. Es geht auf die Funktionen ein, über die jedes Android-Smartphone verfügt, auf Besonderheiten einzelner Geräte und auf die neuen Funktionen der Oreo-Version. Wenn Sie mehr Smartphone-Tricks beherrschen wollen, aber nicht so viel Zeit investieren können, dann ist dieses Buch genau das richtige für Sie.

Farming with the Wild

Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches

Author: Dan Imhoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 182

View: 4003

Featuring profiles from more than 20 states and illustrated with over 200 color photographs, Farming with the Wild offers a compelling view of a future in which farming and ranching operations are integrated into regional networks of protected wildlands. Dan Imhoff records his travels to the far reaches of the United States in search of farmers, ranchers, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations who are striving to develop and renew successful agricultural practices that are compatible with wild Nature. Combining elements of narrative, travelog, photo essay, and resource guide, Imhoff provides valuable information and inspiration for conservationists, farmers, ranchers, gardeners, students, landowners, and anyone interested in a truly sustainable future for agriculture and biodiversity. Farming with the Wild demonstrates persuasively that such a future is possible. Book jacket.