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  1. The Holistic Orchard

    By Michael Phillips

    Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit.

    The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects.

    Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges.

    All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!

    Paperback $39.95

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  2. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

    By Peg Schafer
    Contributions by Sean Fannin
    Foreword by Steven Foster

    A leading light in the field of medicinal herb cultivation, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is the first cultivation guide of its kind, and presents invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the US, with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners.

    It has become increasingly important-especially as the market for herbal medicine continues to grow-that we transition to local and domestic medicinal cultivation. Increasingly there are concerns in regards to not only the quality but the purity of imported herbs, and wild herbs picked for medicinal purposes are ever more endangered than in past years both at home and abroad.

    Peg Schafer, longtime grower and teacher, guides readers with information on propagating, cultivating, and harvesting Chinese herbs, and presents fascinating new scientific data that reveal the age-old wisdom of nature and the traditional systems of Chinese medicine. Through 79 detailed herb profiles--all tested and trialed on Schafer's certified organic farm-Schafer offers easy-to-follow information, suitable for both growers and practitioners, for growing efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Also included is important information on species conservation, crop integration, and how to avoid the introduction of invasive species. Sidebars on traditional medicinal uses for each herb and delicious recipes are also featured throughout.

    Vegetable and CSA farmers will find this book of great interest for adding value-added crops to their repertoire, and beginner growers looking to incorporate medicinals into their gardens will find this an invaluable guide to understanding where herbal medicine comes from, and will make eating-your-medicine more accessible than ever.

    Paperback $34.95

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  3. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

    By Harvey Ussery
    Foreword by Joel Salatin

    The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

    Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. Ussery's model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop. Ussery offers extensive information on:

    • The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle)
    • Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management)
    • Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention
    • Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock)
    • How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere
    • Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing)
    • Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs
    • Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging insects, and to make compost-including systems for pasturing and for tillage of cover crops and weeds
    • Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!)
    • And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos.

    No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

    Paperback $39.95

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  4. Gathering

    By Diane Ott Whealy

    Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader, and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity. The love for the land and the respect for heirloom seeds that Diane shared with her husband, Kent Whealy, led to their starting Seed Savers Exchange in 1975.

    Seed Savers Exchange, the nation's premier nonprofit seed-saving organization, began humbly as a simple exchange of seeds among passionate gardeners who sought to preserve the rich gardening heritage their ancestors had brought to this country. Seeds that Ott Whealy herself inherited from her paternal grandparents were the impetus for the formation of Seed Savers Exchange, whose membership has grown from a small coterie to more than thirteen thousand. Its influence has been felt in gardens across America.

    Ott Whealy's down-to-earth narrative traces her fascinating journey from Oregon to Kansas to Missouri then back home to Iowa where, in 1986, Heritage Farm became the permanent home of Seed Savers Exchange. Her heartwarming story captures what is best in the American spirit: the ability to dream and, through hard work and perseverance, inspire others to contribute their efforts to a cause. Thus was created one of the nation's most admired nonprofits in the field of genetic preservation.

    Hardcover $25.00

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  5. Slow Gardening

    By Felder Rushing
    Foreword by Roger B. Swain

    Thanks to the resurgence of home and community gardening, more and more people are discovering the pleasure of biting into a sun-ripened tomato picked right off the vine, the earthy smell of freshly turned soil, and the cheerful harbingers of spring such as daffodils, irises, and pansies. But they are also discovering that gardening can be a heck of a lot of work. So what happens when keeping up with the weeds turns into a full-time job? What do you do when gardening becomes stressful?

    Slow Gardening to the rescue! Inspired by Slow Food, an international movement that promotes local food systems and biological and cultural diversity, the slow-gardening approach can help us all appreciate and enjoy our gardens more, year in and year out.Felder Rushing, a well-known and truly one-of-a-kind garden expert, offers this practical yet philosophical approach to gardening - one that will help you slow down, take stock of your yard, and follow your own creative whimsy in the garden.

    Slow Gardening will inspire you to slip into the rhythm of the seasons, take it easy, and get more enjoyment out of your garden, all at the same time.

    Paperback $29.95

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  6. Growing Healthy Vegetable Crops

    By Brian Caldwell
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on:

    • Basic concepts of pest control (host susceptibility, soil health, genetic resistance, ecosystem factors)
    • Practical approaches (crop cultural practices, rescue treatments, special section on mammals and birds, food safety)
    • Farm design for pest reduction (diversity, crop rotation)
    • Unorthodox approaches (farmers out of the box)
    • Identifying pests
    • Crop-by-crop pests and practices

    Paperback $12.95

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  7. Organic Dairy Production

    By Sarah Flack
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Soils, the foundation of health (manure management)
    • Crop production and grazing management (forage species, pasture management, setting up a grazing system)
    • Livestock (selection, nutrition, winter and summer feed considerations, seasonal milking, habitat, herd health, milk quality)
    • Marketing (selling fluid milk, regulations, facility and equipment, selling raw milk)
    • Recordkeeping
    • The transition to organic

    Featuring examples from various farms in the Northeast.

    Paperback $12.95

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  8. Organic Seed Production and Saving

    By Bryan Connolly
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer
    Contributions by C. R. Lawn

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Strengths and limitations of hybrid varieties
    • Before you grow the seed (selecting varieties, saving seed and improving crops, intellectual property rights)
    • Growing seed (pollination biology, harvesting, cleaning, storage, germination testing)
    • Details on individual crops (amaranth, crucifers, beets and chard, lettuce, cucurbits, corn and small grains, nightshades, root veggies)

    Plus detailed appendices including more info on seed cleaning, seed companies, and more.

    Paperback $15.95

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  9. Organic Soil-Fertility and Weed Management

    By Steve Gilman
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Soil is a living organism that loves to cooperate with farmers and gardeners. A green thumb will appear on those who align themselves with its health and requirements. This book discusses:

    • Soil habitat
    • Sustaining soil fertility
    • The soil food-web
    • Nutrient availability and deficiency

    After reading this book, readers will not only have a different view on soil, but on weeds as well. Knowing and utilizing the energies and characteristics of weeds, as Gilman teaches, will make for a more productive garden, and less stressful gardening.

    Paperback $15.95

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  10. Compost, Vermicompost and Compost Tea

    By Grace Gershuny
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA Guides series. 

    Information on composting techniques, including:

    • Principles and biology of composting
    • Temperature, aeration and moisture control
    • Composting methods
    • Materials (additives and inoculants, biodynamic preparations)
    • About costs (site preparation, equipment, labor and time)
    • What do you do with it?
    • Compost tea and other brewed microbial cultures
    • Compost and the law

    With extended appendices including a recipe calculator, potting mix recipes, and a sample compost production budget sheet.

    Paperback $15.95

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  11. Humane and Healthy Poultry Production

    By Karma Glos
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Organic poultry basics
    • Establishing the facilities (housing and equipment, choosing and using litter, outdoor access, brooding, grazing and pasturing)
    • Purchasing and brooding chicks
    • Organic feed and supplements
    • Poultry health care in the organic system
    • Management challenges (production and culling, spotted shells, yolk color)
    • Slaughter and Processing
    • Marketing
    • Production expectations and economic viability



    Paperback $12.95

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  12. Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping

    By Seth Kroeck
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. This volume covers:

    • Historical roots of cover-crop techniques
    • Thinking beyond this season's cash crop (disease and pest reduction, weed suppression, cash vs. cover crops)
    • What is a good rotation? (mapping the farm, grouping crops, sample groupings)
    • The economics of rotations and cover cropping (organizing your work, reducing labor inputs, land and cover-crop seed costs)

    Including on-farm examples and detailed appendices.

    Paperback $15.95

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  13. Whole-Farm Planning

    By Elizabeth Henderson and Karl North
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on:

    • Lessons from systems science (including tools)
    • Assessing the whole farm (what are we managing? the people, physical and mental assets, money)
    • Understanding the farm ecosystems (the water and mineral cycles, dynamics of the biological community, the energy flow)
    • Choosing appropriate tools
    • Making a framework to test decisions

    Including examples and statements from practicing farmers, and more holistic resources and alternative business models.

    Paperback $15.95

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  14. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

    By Sepp Holzer
    Foreword by Patrick Whitefield
    Translated by Anna Sapsford-Francis

    Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors' spruce monocultures.In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.In Sepp Holzer's Permaculturereaders will learn:

    • How he sets up a permaculture system
    • The fruit varieties he has found best for permaculture growing
    • How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways
    • How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land
    • How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm
    • and much more!

    Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book's greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.

    Paperback $29.95

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  15. Old Southern Apples

    By Creighton Lee Calhoun

    A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.

    Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples, including both legendary varieties (like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum) and little-known ones (like Buff and Cullasaga). Representing our common orchard heritage, many of these apples are today at risk of disappearing from our national table.

    Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library’s collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference and gift book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.

    Hardcover $75.00

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  16. Growing, Older

    By Joan Dye Gussow

    Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse.Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her books, This Organic Life and The Feeding Web, her lectures, and the simple fact that she lives what she preaches. Now in her eighties, she stops once more to pass along some wisdom-surprising, inspiring, and controversial-via the pen.

    Gussow's memoir Growing, Older begins when she loses her husband of 40 years to cancer and, two weeks later, finds herself skipping down the street-much to her alarm. Why wasn't she grieving in all the normal ways? With humor and wit, she explains how she stopped worrying about why she was smiling and went on worrying, instead, and as she always has, about the possibility that the world around her was headed off a cliff. But hers is not a tale, or message, of gloom. Rather it is an affirmation of a life's work-and work in general.

    Lacking a partner's assistance, Gussow continued the hard labor of growing her own year-round diet. She dealt single-handedly with a rising tidal river that regularly drowned her garden, with muskrat interlopers, broken appliances, bodily decay, and river trash-all the while bucking popular notions of how "an elderly widowed woman" ought to behave.

    Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and-since there is no other choice-come to terms with the insistencies of the natural world. Gussow delivers another literary gem-one that women curious about aging, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, or environmentalists curious about the future will embrace.

    Paperback $24.95

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  17. The Resilient Gardener

    By Carol Deppe

    Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for organic gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields — resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In the last half of The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends and illustrates these principles with detailed information about growing and using five key crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.

    In this book you’ll learn how to:

    •Garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change

    •Grow, store, and use more of your own staple crops

    •Garden efficiently and comfortably (even if you have a bad back)

    •Grow, store, and cook different varieties of potatoes and save your own potato seed

    •Grow the right varieties of corn to make your own gourmet-quality fast-cooking polenta, cornbread, parched corn, corn cakes, pancakes and even savory corn gravy

    •Make whole-grain, corn-based breads and cakes using the author’s original gluten-free recipes involving no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products

    •Grow and use popbeans and other grain legumes

    •Grow, store, and use summer, winter, and drying squash

    •Keep a home laying flock of ducks or chickens; integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed.

    The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on organic gardening book, and is suitable for vegetable gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their vegetable gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years. Organic gardening, vegetable gardening, self-sufficiency, subsistence gardening, gluten-free living.

    Paperback $29.95

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  18. Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman (DVD)

    By Eliot Coleman

    This filmed workshop on year-round vegetable production offers farmers and gardeners the rare chance to sit in with Eliot Coleman, one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement and author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook.During his careers as commercial market gardener, director of agricultural research projects, developer of tools for organic growers, and teacher and lecturer on organic gardening, Coleman has studied, practiced, and perfected his craft, and while you can bring Coleman's books with you into your garden, there's nothing like getting the advice straight from the man himself. Included in the DVD:

    • The history of season-extension farming in Europe
    • Information on moveable greenhouses and using fabric covers
    • Growing tips in terms of nutrition and marketability
    • Rodent control
    • Curing and packing using sustainable materials
    • How to work with restaurants and chefs (and create a demand)
    • Information on tools, soil health, and vegetable varieties that survive well in the cold
    • Additional photos, diagrams, and climate maps

    And more...Experience a workshop with bestselling author and expert in season extension, based on a filmed daylong workshop and extensive interview. Complete with a slide show, images from Coleman's own farm over the years, his travels to Europe, and detailed plans for his model of season extension, this film is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit down with a master.

    DVD $34.95

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  19. The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

    By Joel Salatin

    Foodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin's half-century as a "lunatic" farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional.

    In today's conventional food-production paradigm, any farm that is open-sourced, compost-fertilized, pasture-based, portably-infrastructured, solar-driven, multi-speciated, heavily peopled, and soil-building must be operated by a lunatic. Modern, normal, reasonable farmers erect "No Trespassing" signs, deplete soil, worship annuals, apply petroleum-based chemicals, produce only one commodity, erect Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, and discourage young people from farming.

    Anyone looking for ammunition to defend a more localized, solar-driven, diversified food system will find an entire arsenal in these pages. With wit and humor honed during countless hours working on the farm he loves, and then interacting with conventional naysayers, Salatin brings the land to life, farming to sacredness, and food to ministry.

    Divided into four main sections, the first deals with principles to nurture the earth, an idea mainline farming has never really endorsed. The second section describes food and fiber production, including the notion that most farmers don't care about nutrient density or taste because all they want is shipability and volume. The third section, titled "Respect for Life," presents an apologetic for food sacredness and farming as a healing ministry. Only lunatics would want less machinery and pathogenicity. Oh, the ecstasy of not using drugs or paying bankers. How sad. The final section deals with promoting community, including the notion that more farmers would be a good thing.

    Paperback $25.00

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  20. Holy Shit

    By Gene Logsdon
    Illustrated by Brooke Budner

    In his insightful new book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure-worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value-but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline.

    With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, pet manure and human manure to make fertilizer and humus. He covers the field, so to speak, discussing topics like:

    • How to select the right pitchfork for the job and use it correctly
    • How to operate a small manure spreader
    • How to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manure
    • How to compost cat and dog waste
    • How to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, and
    • How to get rid ourselves of our irrational paranoia about feces and urine.

    Gene Logsdon does not mince words. This fresh, fascinating and entertaining look at an earthy, but absolutely crucial subject, is a small gem and is destined to become a classic of our agricultural literature.

    Paperback $17.50

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