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Street Farm Michael Ableman Canadian Organic Growers

In this remarkable book, farmer/activist Michael Ableman tells the captivating story of the creation of Sole Food, a community farm started in 2009 in the parking lot of the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sole Food’s aims are to provide meaningful employment for the area’s hard-to-employ residents and to operate a commercially viable farm. Read more…


Cover image, The Lean Farm

The Lean Farm looks at systems of production efficiencies and would be a great addition to anyone’s farm library.  After reading just the first chapter, I could already see how Lean could make my farm systems more efficient and I was eager to begin adopting certain techniques and re-evaluating my farm systems. Read more…


Cover image, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

Ever wanted to turn medicinal plants like dandelions & knotweed into an asset for your farm? In The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer, Jeff and Melanie Carpenter share 20 years as herbal entrepreneurs. Situated on both wild and cultivated land in Vermont, the authors face challenges and rewards familiar to many growers. From this experience comes a practical business guide to produce herb crops on a market scale. Read more…


Protecting-Organic-Seed-Integrity-Book-CoverProtecting Organic Seed Integrity is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for those involved in the organic seed trade to take the necessary measures and precautions when it comes to keeping organic seed free from genetically engineered (GE) contamination. Read more…


CoverChickenBook2inchesMinnie Rose and her husband Leo Lovgreen had a small and successful dairy on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and she raised chickens for sixty years.  More than 25 years after it was first published, the Third Edition of Recipe for Raising Chickens was released in response to renewed interest by small-scale and urban farmers in a more humane way of raising food animals and birds.  Read more…


One always greets a new book by Gene Logsdon with delight, knowing that one is going to learn something new, presented in a style that makes it a positive page-turner.   So it is with this one.  As its rather alarming title indicates, it deals exclusively with fecal matter discussed from every possible point of view.  The word “holy” is well chosen, because most organic growers would agree that there is a spiritual aspect to the miraculous cycle of birth and death that is at the heart of sustainable agriculture. Read more…

 

mycelial mayhem book review Canadian Organic Growers

The authors’ stated aim was to write a beginners book on mushroom cultivation for two reasons. Firstly, they found that although there are many references on growing mushrooms, most are intimidating for beginners because of their in-depth technical nature. Secondly, they found that most of the literature on living a healthier, more sustainable life, totally ignored mushrooms. They have certainly achieved their goal. Read more…


Cover image, The New Livestock Farmer

Raising and selling “ethical” meat can be a confounding proposition. In a market flush with green washing, staking a position and definition around “ethical” meat can be a challenge.  For farmers focused on ethical management practices, who raise a superior product, convincing consumers to pay a fair price for their product often remains a challenge in many markets. Anyone struggling with these issues will find The New Livestock Farmer beneficial in starting their business planning process.  Read more…


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Most of us who believe strongly in organic growing have read many books and articles which reinforce our convictions, but too many of them are simply preaching to the converted. Demystifying Food from Farm to Fork is different and challenges many of our convictions. It tackles just about every controversial aspect of growing food, and I strongly recommend it to organic enthusiasts because it will make us think. Read more…


Cover: Polytunnel HandbookA polytunnel is a walk-in greenhouse structure ‘glazed’ with polyethylene clear plastic sheeting. Even the simplest structure covered this way will allow plants to grow in an environment of increased temperature and humidity, without destructive wind. As the authors write, “Whatever you grow in a vegetable patch you can grow it sooner, and probably better, in a tunnel”.  Read more…


Cover photo Roots Demystified

Robert Kourik, with enthusiasm and much gardening experience, amazes us with his love and knowledge of root systems of food and landscaping plants, with many practical tips for gardeners. Kourik begins with a good explanation of how roots grow. Read more…


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The Art and Science of Grazing Book Review Canadian Organic Growers

Reading this book is like attending a personal workshop designed for your farm.
In her fantastic book, The Art and Science of Grazing, Sarah Flack gives the reader the information they need to properly manage pastures and grazing on the farm for the betterment of their livestock. Read more…


Available in French and English. This is a thorough farming manual that lays out a human-scale farming system centred on good growing practices and appropriate technology. Had I read this book when I was a starting farmer, I would now be farming with a BCS walking tractor on an acre and hailing Jean-Martin as my market gardening guru! This book is going to inspire new farmers to stay small and farm profitably.  Read more…


This book profiles 26 women leading the sustainable, local food movement in the US. The central message is that food is a vehicle for social change and that women have a unique, but often unheard, voice to contribute to the discussion about food and farming. Read more…


seed librariesThis book is an excellent resource for people who are interested in creating a seed sharing event or program in their community.  Cindy Conner discusses a range of activities from seed swaps and seed libraries to starting a seed company or even creating a seed bank. Read more…


Cover image: Digging the CityOur food system is broken and profit-driven corporations are to blame. With no magic bullet in sight to such a complex problem, urban organic agriculture will have to be part of the solution. So argues Rhona McAdam in her compelling book, Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto. Read more…


Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local, makes a case to extend the Buy Local movement to our health and to our medicine. Dawn Combs proposes a radical new way of viewing health-care to make it local, sustainable, empowering, approachable, and personal—in other words, to start a Heal Local movement. Read more…

 

 

 

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