no-till organic vegetable farm

No-dig gardening is the gardening way of the future. Not only is it easy and better for your back, but it means no garden forks or spades accidentally harming creatures like earthworms or baby stag beetles (big grubs in soil).

The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm is a super book for ambitious home growers and small farmers, to learn how to grow crops without disturbing the soil (good for growing and avoiding forks/spades means gardens are safer for earthworms and stag beetles).

Grow food with natural twine and keep fresh compost away from pets. Make your garden safe for pets (fruit pips & seeds contain cyanide). Use humane ways to prevent slugs/snails, and avoid large-hole netting (traps wildlife – apply fruit protection bags (after pollination). Never face indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows

In this guide, the owner of a no-till farm outlines the eco, social and economic benefits of this system, and describes how to grow food with no digging, and minimal use of machinery. You can also use this book for community gardens and on-farm education.

Learn how to maintain a weed-free farm, increase resilience through interplanting, hedgerows and beneficial insect habitat and build a customer base to buy your organic produce.

If you want to farm for a living, I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best guides for serious growers that I know of. Ben Hartman

Daniel Mays is owner of a no-till farm in southern Maine (USA) that produces food for hundreds of local families on three acres of vegetable land. He has a master’s degree in environmental engineering and has studied dozens of small farm operations through the world.

the organic no-till farming revolution

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution looks at how to grow food for small and large scale farmings without tilling, to save time and energy, restore good soil and reap the rewards. Learn why roller-crimper no-till methods don’t work for most small farms and know which of four no-till methods is best for you. Includes ideas to start a no-till farm or transition for a working farm.

The author has spent a year working on a no-till research farm and consults widely on best growing practices. He lives in Maine, USA.

the lean micro farm

The Lean Micro Farm is by Ben Hartman, who with his wife runs a successful tiny organic farm in the US. Taking efficiency methods used by the Japanese car industry, he shares how he downsized his farm from one acre to a third of an acre to put family and community over work, yet without taking a pay cut. He also profiles 6 farmers worldwide who do the same.

7-steps to a permaculture farm

the practical permaculture project

The Practical Permaculture Project is a simpified 7-step process of designing a ‘food forest’ that basically lets nature take care of itself, once planted. Learn how to grow fresh delicious food, even if you have no experience. If you’re concerned about the planet and economy, learn how to come after to a garden full of fresh homegrown food, knowing you’re also helping to save the planet.

Permaculture is actually the answer to many of the world’s problems. You may soon find yourself feeding more than your family! The book gives a brief history of permaculture and why it’s the future of growing food. Learn the basics (garden design, water management, soil and compost). Then use the 7 steps to design your own garden, with detailed tips on building garden beds for long-term success. You’ll even learn how to turn extra produce into profit, so you can produce local organic food for the community.

When I learned about permaculture almost 10 years ago, I thought it was an ingenious way to slam the brakes on rapid environmental degradation and improve our lifestyles with sustainable agricultural practices. It’s helped me to achieve economic stability and food security, through working in harmony with nature. It gave me more control over my health, since I no longer had to rely on store-bought vegetables and fruits that have been treated with various chemicals.

Sophie McKay is an emerging star in the world of sustainable gardening and permaculture. Passionate about self-sufficiency, foraging and food preservation, she loves to help readers gain independence by growing their own food, and also helping to repair the planet in small ways. She believes that with the right knowledge, anyone can grow their own food, becoming less dependent on major economies. She loves to cook, bringing out the natural flavours of her homegrown produce, cooked in her family’s home in the countryside.

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