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ISBN: 9781603583657
Year Added to Catalog: 2012
Book Format: Hardcover, PLC
Book Art: 2 16-Page Color Inserts
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 448
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: July 28, 2013
Web Product ID: 724

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The Organic Grain Grower

Small-Scale, Holistic Grain Production for the Home and Market Producer

by Jack Lazor

Foreword by Eliot Coleman

Reviews, Interviews, & Articles

  • ForeWord Reviews "Longtime farming pioneer Jack Lazor has progressed from a back-to-the-land idealist to the co-manager, with his wife, of a profitable dairy and grain business, Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vermont. In The Organic Grain Grower, he shares his considerable experience and expertise with new generations of holistic home and market grain producers.
    Lazor’s book starts with the history of grain production in his local region; early settlers found that northern New England offered a good climate for wheat, vital for animal fodder and bread making. Today, “the rebirth of grain growing” is not just common sense, but fun, Lazor enthusiastically reports. He takes readers through soil fertility and tillage, to the crucial matter of storage (“mice … have an uncanny ability to … burrow into bags that you can’t see from the outside of the pile”), drying, screening, grinding, and grading. He recommends equipment, including less expensive “retired” machinery. Grains covered are corn, wheat, barley, oats, rye, spelt, triticale, buckwheat, and flax, plus soybeans and other legumes.

    The book is very well organized, including a large section of clear, helpful photos. Though he is not averse to employing newfangled machinery if it does the job well, Lazor takes pride in using older farming equipment that is less complicated than modern counterparts, and some examples of these are illustrated.

    The Organic Grain Grower is more than 500 pages, with a colorful, informative cover. Anyone seriously considering growing grain for animal feed, human consumption, or sale will find value in this manual. It would also be beneficial for those interested in any aspect of organic farming, since the sound advice given for grains could apply to any crop.

    The foreword by author Eliot Coleman (The Winter Harvest Handbook) praises Lazor as the person “who inspired the movement” back to the “small farm’s grain heritage.” Lazor is as handy with a pen as with a plow, making even grain diseases sound interesting (“there is nothing like a mid-June thunderstorm to set up wheat plants for an invasion of … rust”). His flowing style demonstrates both hard knowledge and old world graces, as he modestly expresses the hope that the book “will help people avoid some of the mistakes that I have made.”

    Another outstanding offering from Chelsea Green Publishing, Lazor’s guide will doubtless plant the seeds of inspiration among beginners and old hands alike as they tackle the complexities of grain growing and organic agriculture, and will do its part to propagate more general interest in the subject."
  • Local Banquet Article on Butterworks Farm
  • “The Organic Grain Grower is the best resource we’ve seen for small-scale grain growers everywhere. The book covers necessary equipment and cultivation techniques for many types of crops: corn, wheat, barley, oats, rye, spelt and triticale, buckwheat, soy, dry beans, and oilseeds. Lazor describes himself as ‘a grain-processing nut,’ and his passion comes alive in this fine guidebook’s depth of detail.”—Mother Earth News

  • Honest Meat Profile of Butterworks Farm
  • Atlantic Article Features Butterworks Farm
  • New York Times Article Mentions Butterworks Farms
  • Seven Days article on GE Corn Affecting Butterworks' Crop
  • Christian Science Monitor Article
  • Burlington Free Press Article
  • Vermont Public Radio Talks to Jack Lazor
  • Yahoo News Article
  • VT Digger Op Ed by Jack Lazor

Price: $45.00
Format: Hardcover, PLC
Status: Available to Ship
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