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Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach (Down-To-Earth Book)

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When I first wrote Successful Small-Scale Farming eleven years ago, writes Karl Schwenke in the preface to this new edition, "an 'organic farmer' was synonymous with a 'lonely hippie troublemaker.' Today he is classed somewhere between a high-priced elitist and an opportunistic liar."

So begins this classic guide to organic small-scale agriculture, fully updated and revised for the 1990s — for a new generation of readers who would like to live closer to the earth.

Successful Small-Scale Farming introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in making a full- or part-time living on the land. Karl Schwenke's clear-eyed approach to the best farming methods covers a wide range of proven techniques and practical advice, including:

* How to improve, conserve, and enrich your soil organically, to ensure the highest (and healthiest) yields.

* What machinery you'll need and how to use it.

* The best "cash crops" and specialty crops to grow for profit and how to raise them.

* How to use innovative strategies to find or create a market "niche" for your farm's crops or services.

* A concise overview of essential farmstead skills, such as haying, fencing, and managing a woodlot.

* Numerous charts and tables that put useful calculations at your fingertips.

With today's increased concern for the quality of the food we eat and the health of our environment, Successful Small-Scale Farming offers a unique and invaluable perspective on the future of agriculture. Karl Schwenke's message — that small-scale farms can be cleaner, smarter, and more efficient than corporate agribusiness — has never been so relevant as it is today.

Synopsis:

"My advice is as old as the plow."  So says author, Karl Schwenke of his guide to making a full- or part-time living on the land, a book for anyone who plans to own a small farm.  With sections on soil management, farm practices, cash crop selections, machinery, and many other topics, as well as comprehensive series of appendices, the author touches upon the basics of getting started with one's own small-scale farm.  Schwenke, himself a small farm owner, has provided a great practical resource for the beginning cash crop grower.  Get started on acquiring "the hodgepodge of knowledge blended with a plethora of skills" necessary to becoming a successful organic farmer.

Synopsis:

This inspiring handbook contains everything small-farm owners need to know, from buying land to organic growing methods and selling cash crops.<P>

About the Author

Karl Schwenke is a professional writer who lives with wife Sue on a farm in Newbury, Vermont, where they have raised strawberries, pigs and hay among other crops. Together, this couple has written the book Build Your Own Stone House, and Karl wrote the Storey title Successful Small-Scale Farming. His other work includes Sierra North and Sierra South from Wilderness Press, an organization in Berkeley, California, that he co-founded after graduating from college. Karl has also written In a Pig's Eye (Chelsea Green Publishing).

Table of Contents

Preface

Preface to the First Edition

Introduction

1 Soils

2 Plants

3 Farm Machinery

4 Farm Practices

5 Cash Crops

6 Other Cash and Specialty Crops

7 The Whole Farm

8 Conclusions

Appendix I: Handy Hints, Formulas and trivia

Appendix II: Charts, Tables and Addenda

Land Trust Organizations

Periodicals of Interest to Small-Scale Farmers

Suggested Reading

Index

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Daniel Haynes, April 18, 2010 (view all comments by Daniel Haynes)
This is one of the best practical guides I've read so far on organic/small scale farming.

He's a fair bit of a curmudgeon but the gentle sort. Sometimes you detect the "old" farmer lecturing the dang city folk or "noob" farmers on how it should be done but the wealth of knowledge displayed makes it very easy to ignore any crankiness. The guy knows what he's talking about, cites his sources and explains his reasoning rather than just demanding you accept it is read simply because the wise old farmer has said so.

The writing is terse but not too terse. He always covers the important points and always gives pointers to important side roads you should follow if you wish to fully understand the issues.

Excellent practical/comment sense ways of understanding soil, the roles of the various components in it and how to make a seat of the pants evaluation of it. Lots of good "rules of thumb" in there like roughly at what point the size of a farm makes compost piles impractical to what sort of tools and implements you might need for specific tasks.

Only about 30% to 40% of the book was useful for my purposes but all of it was an enjoyable and informative read. I read about stuff I'll never use like the driving patterns for plowing or harvesting crops simply because he made it interesting and informative.

If you want concise information with easy to understand basic descriptions *and* pointers to the subjects or information you should follow for detailed explanations, this is it.

The book does show its age a bit, that's about the only significant downside. It'd be nice to read a newer/revised edition.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780882666426
Editor:
Watson, Ben
Author:
Watson, Ben
Author:
Schwenke, Karl
Publisher:
Storey Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Organic
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Organic farming
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry - General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
BUSINESS and ECONOMICS / General
Subject:
Agriculture -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
Organic farming -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
Business & Economics : General
Subject:
Business & Economics-Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Small Business
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Down-To-Earth Book
Publication Date:
19910131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 1/2 x 11
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
279.4 x 215.9 x 9.652 mm

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"Synopsis" by ,

"My advice is as old as the plow."  So says author, Karl Schwenke of his guide to making a full- or part-time living on the land, a book for anyone who plans to own a small farm.  With sections on soil management, farm practices, cash crop selections, machinery, and many other topics, as well as comprehensive series of appendices, the author touches upon the basics of getting started with one's own small-scale farm.  Schwenke, himself a small farm owner, has provided a great practical resource for the beginning cash crop grower.  Get started on acquiring "the hodgepodge of knowledge blended with a plethora of skills" necessary to becoming a successful organic farmer.

"Synopsis" by , This inspiring handbook contains everything small-farm owners need to know, from buying land to organic growing methods and selling cash crops.<P>
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