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An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

by Deirdre Heekin & Alice Feiring Chelsea Green Publishing (October 29, 2014)

Named one of the Best Wine Books of 2014 by The New York Times, An Unlikely Vineyard tells the evolutionary story of Deirdre Heekin's farm from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape...


The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming

by Jean-Martin Fortier New Society Publishers (February 17, 2014)

Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods


The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

by John Navazio Chelsea Green Publishing (December 17, 2012)

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers...


Whole-Farm Planning: Ecological Imperatives, Personal Values, and Economics

by Elizabeth Henderson, Karl North & Jocelyn Langer Chelsea Green Publishing (April 15, 2011)

Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on:

  • Lessons from systems science (including tools)
  • Assessing the whole farm (what are we managing? the people, physical and mental assets, money)
  • Understanding...


Organic Seed Production and Saving: The Wisdom of Plant Heritage

by Bryan Connolly, Jocelyn Langer & C. R. Lawn Chelsea Green Publishing (April 28, 2011)

Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

  • Strengths and limitations of hybrid varieties
  • Before you grow the seed (selecting varieties, saving seed and improving crops, intellectual property rights)
  • ...


Organic Soil-Fertility and Weed Management

by Steve Gilman & Jocelyn Langer Chelsea Green Publishing (April 28, 2011)

Soil is a living organism that loves to cooperate with farmers and gardeners. A green thumb will appear on those who align themselves with its health and requirements. This book discusses:

  • Soil habitat
  • Sustaining...


Compost, Vermicompost and Compost Tea: Feeding the Soil on the Organic Farm

by Grace Gershuny & Jocelyn Langer Chelsea Green Publishing (April 15, 2011)

Part of the NOFA Guides series. 

Information on composting techniques, including:

  • Principles and biology of composting
  • Temperature, aeration and moisture control
  • Composting methods
  • Materials (additives and...


Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping: Soil Resiliency and Health on the Organic Farm

by Seth Kroeck & Jocelyn Langer Chelsea Green Publishing (April 15, 2011)

Part of the NOFA guides. This volume covers:

  • Historical roots of cover-crop techniques
  • Thinking beyond this season's cash crop (disease and pest reduction, weed suppression, cash vs. cover crops)
  • What is a...


The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff - and Making a  Profit

by Richard Wiswall Chelsea Green Publishing (October 09, 2009)

Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder.

In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to...


The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution

by Andrew Mefferd New Society Publishers (February 26, 2019)

Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your small farm. 

Farming without tilling has long been a goal of agriculture, yet tilling...


Teaming with Fungi

by Jeff Lowenfels Timber Press (January 25, 2017)

“Accomplishes what few other books have—helping growers use mycorrhizae to improve the immune systems of plants. This natural union between plants and fungi is the foundation of our food web.” —Paul...


The Organic Backyard Vineyard

by Tom Powers Timber Press (May 16, 2012)

“Wine lovers who dream of planting vines at home, whether they have room for one acre or a single row, will find valuable advice.” —Wine Spectator

Interest in wine shows no signs of slowing down—wine...


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

by The Xerces Society Storey Publishing, LLC (August 09, 2014)

Harness the power of beneficial insects to deter pests and reduce crop damage. This comprehensive guide to farming with insects will have you building beetle banks and native plant field borders as you reap...


The Speedy Vegetable Garden

by Mark Diacono & Lia Leendertz Timber Press (January 15, 2012)

Typically, vegetable gardening is about the long view: peas sown in spring aren't harvested until summer, and tomatoes started indoors in February can't be eaten until July. But it's not true for all plants....


Deep-Rooted Wisdom

by Augustus Jenkins Farmer Timber Press (March 25, 2014)

We have begun to lose some of the most important skills used by everyday gardeners to create beautiful, productive gardens. With a personality-driven, engaging narrative, Deep Rooted Wisdom teaches accessible,...


Organic Sovereignties

by Guntra A. Aistara University of Washington Press (March 24, 2018)

This first sustained ethnographic study of organic agriculture outside the United States traces its meanings, practices, and politics in two nations typically considered worlds apart: Latvia and Costa Rica....


Fruitful Labor

by Mike Madison Chelsea Green Publishing (February 09, 2018)

As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested...


The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

by Ben Hartman Chelsea Green Publishing (November 10, 2017)

At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste—of time, labor, space, money, and more—every year and aligning their organic production...


The Permaculture Market Garden

by Zach Loeks New Society Publishers (November 01, 2016)

Author Zach Loeks brings together his passion for sustainable permaculture food production systems and beautiful, vibrant illustrations to provide a highly visual guide to the smooth integration of permaculture...


Gardening When It Counts

by Steve Solomon New Society Publishers (January 30, 2006)

The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive...


The Permaculture Handbook

by Peter Bane & David Holmgren New Society Publishers (June 01, 2012)

The urban landscape has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Imagine how much more self-reliant our communities would be if thirty million acres of lawns were made productive again....


Food for Change

by Jeff Pratt & Pete Luetchford Pluto Press (December 06, 2013)

Concern about our food system is growing, from the costs of industrial farming to the dominant role of supermarkets and recurring scandals about the origins and content of what we eat. Food for Change documents...


The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale

by Melanie Carpenter, Jeff Carpenter & Rosemary Gladstar Chelsea Green Publishing (May 06, 2015)

A new approach to growing local medicine, including information on geo-authenticity, wildcrafting, and developing a good business plan

Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer...


The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

by Curtis Stone New Society Publishers (December 01, 2015)

Strategies and techniques for making a living with intensive food production in small spaces


The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work

by Ben Hartman Chelsea Green Publishing (September 04, 2015)

A practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation

To many people today, using the words "factory" and "farm" in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though,...


Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

by Laura Lengnick New Society Publishers (May 11, 2015)

Creating agile, resilient foodsheds to feed a warming world


The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

by Carol Deppe Chelsea Green Publishing (January 13, 2015)

The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own...