Thursday, April 18, 2013



Here are some resources you might find helpful:

(Canadian Organic Growers, 2005)
Covers the essential topics of organic farming, from soil building and planting to weed and pest management, certification, and marketing strategies.   Also includes a one-year membership with the Canadian Organic Growers network.

By Eliot Coleman
(Chelsea Green Publishing, 1989)
The new generation market gardener's bible.   Although some details have been improved upon by others, this sets the standard for meticulous, well-planned small-scale organic vegetable production

By Karl Schwenke
(Storey Publishing, 1991)
A good introduction to the pitfalls and potential of making a living from the land. 
Cover crops and crop rotations

(Northeast Organic Network, 2002)
The NEON project gathered 12 experienced organic vegetable farmers, put them in a room and produced this stunning chart outlining real-life, practical 4- and 5-year crop rotation sequences with multiple variations. A real head-scratcher, in the best possible way.   (free download, . PDF format)This is a good one to look at.

Organic Weed Management
By Steve Gilman
(NOFA Organic Principles and Practices Series, 2000)
Short and sweet. A useful summary targeted at diversified vegetable growers in the Northeast. 

(NCAT/ATTRA, 2003)
A bulletin discussing the basics of weed ecology, cropping system design to minimize weed pressure and alternative weed management methods such as flameweeding and weeder geese.

Edited by Jill Jesiolowski Cebenko and Deborah Martin
(Rodale Press, 2001)
A handy all-in-one pest and beneficial species identification book, with excellent full-color drawings, life-cycle notes and prevention and control recommendations.

Includes many valuable short publications on specific disease management issues, including "Organic Control of White Mold on Soybeans," "Notes on Compost Teas," "Use of Baking Soda as a Fungicide," "Downy Mildew Control in Cucurbits," and "Organic Alternatives for Late Blight Control on Potatoes." A longer, more general ATTRA publication is their resource on Biointensive Integrated Pest Management. 

A comprehensive guide to biocontrol and IPM, offering individual pages on over 100 natural enemies of insect, disease and weed pests. (free online resource)

By Miguel A. Altieri and Clara I. Nicholls with Marlene A. Fritz
(Sustainable Agriculture Network, 2005)
Contains a number of strategies for controlling pest insect populations through the management of beneficial predator populations, and stresses increasing above- and below-ground diversity, enhancing plants' natural defenses, and managing soil as means to this end



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