Recommended Reading, Part 2

There are a lot of very inspiring and educational titles in this list! Here are some excellent books and resources about natural gardening, farming, raising livestock, growing flowers, growing fruit, applying "lean" principles to farming (ie, efficiency), etc. Part 1 of this list contained cookbooks (for preparing natural, healthy meals), and books about health, the local food economy, feeding babies, and more.

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* The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier Organic, intensive production of vegetables on a small plot (1.5 acres)

* The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman For year-round harvests!

* Market Farming Success by Lynn Byczynski

* The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman

* The Hoophouse Handbook (published by Growing for Market; a collection of articles by various writers) Details many possibilities for extending the season on a wide variety of crops in a hoophouse (fruits, vegetables, flowers)

* Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres by Pam Dawling Includes comprehensive info for growing almost every vegetable crop. An excellent reference for serious vegetable gardeners / farmers

The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon Details how to balance the minerals in the soil for more nutrient-rich crops

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*The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski

*Cool Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler Tells how to grow cold-hardy annuals to achieve early-spring harvests (plant them in the fall to over-winter!)

Floret Flowers (website) by Erin Benzakein Contains a lot of very helpful info on growing flowers. All flower enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the release of her book in 2017!



*The Thinking Beekeeper by Christy Hemenway This book is excellent. The only change I would make to the hives would be to make them in a square shape (instead of a half-hexagon) so that they are compatible with frames / bars from standard hives. For one thing, this would really simplify things when receiving new bees.

Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell



*The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips Both of his books are excellent. The same principle applies as to everything else: when the trees are well-nourished, and live in a dynamic environment with beneficial insects and complementary plants, they are able to resist diseases and pests…and therefore, pesticides and other chemical interventions are not required.

*The Apple Grower by Michael Phillips

Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph How to prune fruit trees to keep them at a manageable size for harvesting, protecting the fruit from birds, to fit into backyards, etc

Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden by Lee Reich

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**Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers by Mark Shepard

**The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer

Trees for Gardens, Orchards, and Permaculture by Martin Crawford

Creating a Forest Garden: How to Work with Nature to Grow Edible Crops by Martin Crawford

How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low-Maintenance, Low-Impact Vegetable Gardening by Martin Crawford

Edible Forest Gardens (Vol I & II) by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison

The Permaculture Market Garden by Zach Loeks

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**Holistic Management by Allan Savory

**The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman All about efficiency, setting up workable systems, etc so that we can accomplish more in less time with less effort and with less waste. Excellent.

* Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web by Wayne Lewis, Jeff Lowenfels A fascinating look at the microbes in the soil: what they do, their importance in achieving nutrient-rich, delicious food, and ways to encourage their presence

*Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth An excellent seed-saving manual, covering every vegetable crop imaginable.

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The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Fowl for Home and Market Growers by Henry Ussery

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat by Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Jim Dunlop

Soil Fertility & Animal Health by William Albrecht (plus others of his books; there are several volumes)



The Organic Farmer`s Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall

Another book or two will be added here later...

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Acres USA – a monthly magazine subtitled “The Voice of Eco Agriculture”. Excellent articles on a wide variety of topics relating to natural farming. Acres USA also has a well-stocked bookstore (organic and sustainable farming info) with many of the best books relating to natural farming, gardening, homesteading, etc.

Growing for Market – a monthly magazine, in print or online, for market growers of vegetables and flowers. Top-notch. They also have an online archive of all past issues.

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers has an excellent quarterly.

Advancing Eco Agriculture, Founded by John Kempf, an agronomist specializing in how to grow nutrient-rich crops. They offer workshops, consultations and products designed to increase the vitality of the soil and to produce nutrient-rich crops (via truly nourished and healthy plants). If you have an interest in producing nutrient-dense food should attend one of his workshops if you have the chance! He has a wealth of knowledge.