Everything You Need to KnowBook - 2007
Going organic may be a clear way of getting back to basics—and getting away from the havoc chemicals can wreak on our health and our environment—but the basics themselves may not be so clear. How to begin? What kind of fertilizer and feed are allowed? Is there natural pest management? What does certification entail? And is this the way to go?
This book covers the basics and then some. Whether you’re thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, whether you’re growing crops or raising animals, you’ll find everything you need to know in these pages—from getting started to developing a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites, and organizations focusing on every aspect of organic farming, including state standards and more information.
After making a case for organic farming that encompasses economics and human and environmental health, Fossel treats the specifics of transitioning, getting certified as organic, and succeeding at organic gardening and livestock-raising on a large scale. The guide includes color photos of good crop choices, tips, a glossary, recipes, and the advice that: "...the key to everything-- your profits, your sanity, your marriage--is rich, friable soil." No further reading is suggested. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The only general book on organic farming—for beginners or transitioning farmers, growing crops or raising animals—information on everything from getting started to marketing strategies.