The Organic Farming Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm

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Storey Publishing, Feb 24, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 437 pages
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Whether you’re just starting out or transitioning from traditional farming techniques, this guide has everything you need to know about growing and marketing your own organic produce, grains, meat, and dairy. Providing expert tips on tending the land, caring for animals, and necessary equipment, Ann Larkin Hansen also covers the intricate process of acquiring organic certification and other business considerations important to a profitable operation. Discover the rewarding satisfaction of running a successful and sustainable organic farm.
 

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Contents

The Story of Organic Farming
11
Finding Good Earth
31
The Cornerstone of Sustainability
58
Choosing Using and Maintaining Machinery
94
CHAPTER 5 Plants 101 Basic Organic Growing
127
Vegetables from Spring through Winter
155
Grains and Forages on a Large Scale
178
Fruits Berries and Nuts
200
Raising Goats Sheep and Cattle on Pasture
283
Raising Cows Sheep and Goats for Milk
299
Managing Habitat for a Thriving Farm Ecosystem
329
Preparation Application and Inspection
354
Turning Farm Products into Profit
370
Organic Farmings Effect on the Wider World
395
Resources
404
Glossary
419

CHAPTER 9 Livestock 101 Basic Organic Husbandry
232
Raising Smaller Livestock for Meat and Eggs
266

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Ann Larkin Hansen is the author of The Organic Farming Manual, Finding Good Farmland, and Making Hay, co-author of A Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods with consulting forester Dennis Waterman and master logger Mike Severson, and co-author with her husband, Steve, of Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment. She has served as a regional editor for The Country Today and as a contributing writer to Mother Earth News. The Hansens have run a family farm in Wisconsin for the last 25 years.

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