"This book may be old but it's one of the best I have read with regards to starting a small farm. Definitely a book any small farmer who does things the right way can appreciate."
"I rated this book with 5 stars because I enjoyed it a lot. Even though it describes farming processes about 150 years old, the information it offers is applicable to today's small truck farmer. I loved reading how he cleverly learned how to increase his crop quantity and quality. A lot of his ideas could be put to used by just about any vegetable and fruit grower. It was also amusing and educational to see the costs and earnings then and realize how much our dollar has depreciated."
"...excellent book. Amazed it was written almost 150 years ago. Farming principles in the book still apply to any small farm today."
"This book has been a great inspiration for me. It is a demonstration of a philosophy worked out a highly productive manner. I recommend this book to friends and think of it often as I work in my garden."
DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1867 - or perhaps because of it - this book has something for everyone; for the small farmer, the home gardener, the city dweller who wonders whether there might not be a better life in the country -- and for anyone who has an idea, and needs just a spark of courage and inspiration to make it happen. This book may be about farming and homesteading, and indeed it is a delightfully readable autobiography of a farmer in the America of the 1860s, but it also about much, much more. The challenges that faced the author are timeless, as are his courage, commitment, and ingenuity. There are insights for anyone, farmer or not, in this book.
1. City Experiences Moderate Expectations
2. Practical Views Safety of Investments in Land
3. Resolved to Go Escape from Business Choosing a Location
4. Buying a Farm A Long Search Anxiety to Sell Forced to Quit
5. Making a Purchase First Impressions
6. Planting a Peach orchard How to preserve peach trees
7. Planting Raspberries and Strawberries Tricks of the Nursery
8. Blackberries A Remarkable Coincidence
9. The Garden Female Management Comforts and Profits
10. Cheated in a Cow A Good and a Bad One The Saint of the Barnyard
11. A Cloud of Weeds Great Sales of Plants
12. Pigs and Poultry Luck and Ill Luck
13. City and Country Life Contrasted
14. Two Acres in Truck Revolution in Agriculture
15. Birds and the Services they Render
16. Close of my First Year Its Loss and Gain
17. My Second Year Trenching the Garden Strawberry Profits
18. Raspberries The Lawtons
19. Liquid Manures An Illustration
20. My Third Year Liquid Manure Three Years' Results
21. A Barnyard Manufactory Land Enough Faith in Manure
22. Profits of Fruit-growing The Trade in Berries
23. Gentleman Farming Establishing a Home
24. Unsuccessful Men Rebellion not Ruinous to Northern Agriculture
25. Where to Locate - East or West
The text is unique in its coverage and depth and it:Summarises hundreds of references on agricultural development policies Cites policy experiences and applied studies in more than 70 countries Provides guidance for policy makers giving examples of successes and failures Reviews issues related to the formulation of strategies and the requirements for making them successful Develops the conceptual foundations and illustrates policies that have worked, and some that have not, with explanations
Topics covered include agriculture’s role in economic development, the objectives and strategies of agricultural policy, linkages between macroeconomic and agricultural policy, policies for the agricultural financial system and agricultural technology development.
Upper level undergraduates taking courses in Economic Development and International Development and graduates taking courses in Agricultural Development, International and Economic Development, Natural Resource Management and specialised topics in agriculture will find this text of great interest. It also serves as a reference for professionals and researchers in the field of International Development.
Public-Private Collaboration in Agricultural Research: New Institutional Arrangements and Economic Implications examines the impact of the private-sector takeover of the field, and what it means for funding, research, technology, and more. Beginning with U.S. agricultural research financing, the discussion moves on to cover plant and animal research investments, collaborating institutions, and the international significance of technology spillover and transfer. From intellectual property rights and the CRADA Model to seed generation and other agricultural technology, this book offers a thought-provoking overview of global collaboration at this critical intersection of science and human welfare.
Topics covered in this second edition of Profitable Organic Farming include grassland productivity, production systems for dairy, beef, sheep, pig, poultry and arable farms, farm size and enterprise combinations, organic standards, financial management, marketing, success factors and progress by organic farmers. The book concludes with a new chapter covering potential future scenarios for organic farming.
Drawing on new information available in the area and including case studies from successful organic farm businesses, the author Jon Newton has written a book that is of great commercial use to a wide range of workers including organic farm managers and those wishing to commence organic farming operations. The book is also of great use and interest to agricultural scientists and students and those working in government and regional agricultural advisory services worldwide. Libraries in research establishments, universities and colleges where agricultural sciences are studied and taught should have several copies of this important and useful book on their shelves.
Review of the first edition
‘It is an essential volume for any commercial organic farmers or budding organic farmers bookshelf. It will no doubt also be a very popular read and provide much food for thought amongst many agricultural students’: New Farmer & Grower.
Jon Newton is an agricultural consultant specialising in organic and sustainable agriculture based in North Wales, UK.
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they've developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.
The Market Gardener is a compendium of La Grelinette's proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods. This complete guide is packed with practical information on:Setting-up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay; Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices; Growing mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management, crop yields, harvest periods and pricing approaches.
Inspired by the French intensive tradition of maraichage and by iconic American vegetable grower Eliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows by example how to start a market garden and make it both very productive and profitable. Making a living wage farming without big capital outlay or acreages may be closer than you think.