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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 2 edition (Oct. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093003175X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930031756
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on Jan. 29 2004
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Practical idealists, the Shakers demonstrated that it is possible for man to create the environment and way of life he wants, not by complaining about the system but by building their own domain arranged to their liking. Eliot Coleman, farm manager of the Mountain School Program of Milton Academy in Vershire, Vermont, has demonstrated that it is possible to undertake small-scale, commercial farming and gardening without the use of harmful pesticides by using cost-effective, environmentally sustainable methods to produce spectacular results with economy of effort and means. By offering a wealth of ideas; by identifying the most efficient and practical machinery and tools; by offering simple and efficient production techniques; and advising on the most remunerative marketing methods, this book is for the gardener and small farmer who has an unfulfilled dream to established an organic enterprise with minimal expense. When low cost production methods are allied with the right machinery and marketing practices, the viability of the 1-5 acre farm producing high quality food is not only possible but also enjoyable and profitable.
The advantage enjoyed by the small farmer is quality. If the product is first class and in demand and you are a dependable supplier at reasonable cost there is never a problem finding customers. But it needs hard work and intelligence. When starting in the era of 'get big or get out' there were almost no models of commercially successful organic small farmers to provide inspiration and ideas and where they existed it was exhausting and neither cost effective nor efficient. But by seeking out the best from different parts of the world Coleman found the optimum to be about 2.5 acres per grower - enough to produce quality vegetables for 100 people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7 2000
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I would like to start up a small garden market and was looking for a good book to get me started. This book provided more than I asked for! It was very thorough on every detail of what would be involved - making a good soil, rotating crops, green manure, composting, greenhouses, seed producers, materials and costs, the benefit of animals, hiring/firing workers, marketing your product, irrigation, finding a good land plot to begin with and so much more! His information about start up costs and materials is in a simplistic, not extravagant and expensive way. He stresses reusing and recycling just about everything to save time, money, effort, and most importantly, our valuable earth resources. Although he makes strong suggestions about what will work successfully, he is always open to new ideas and techniques that could better improve any small farm. I appreciate his open-mindedness to new ideas and the value of constant learning. Reading this book makes you want to go out and start a farm right away with confidence that you'll be successful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hatch on Sept. 5 2009
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an excellent book for anyone just beginning organic gardening or even the experienced gardener looking for new ideas or better ways to do things. Many explanations of various procedures some old, some quite unorthodox has the reader asking "why didn't I think of that". Well worth the price this is the book you'll go to time after time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Griffiths on Dec 13 2000
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This amounts to the 'bible' of organic growing. It is informative and inspirational in equal measure. While the approach Coleman takes is particularly suited to market gardening, it is also eminently suitable for smaller-scale gardeners who simply wish to feed their family.
Coleman writes, 'The premise of this book is that you can make a good living on 5 acres or less of intensive vegetable production. Thus it is those acres that concern us most.' (p16)
In a nutshell, Coleman's approach is to:
- plan and market effectively
- develop the healthiest soil
- grow the most valuable crops
- extend the growing season to the maximum
He show just how to do this in 334 pages with 28 chapters and four appendices. There isn't space here to offer a contents list, but here are some highlights:
Chapters addressing the question 'why do it?' - Agricultural craftsmanship', 'a final question'
Chapters on 'season extension', mobile greenhouses and 'the winter garden'.
'Plant-positive' solutions to pests.
Chapters on marketing strategy and marketing.
However, 'The New Organic Grower' covers far more than this - in fact everything you could need to start successful organic vegetable production! Readers living in cool/temperate climates may also want to check out Coleman's other popular book, 'Four Season Harvest'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on Jan. 1 2004
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Well I loved this book.Eliot Coleman shows us just how much experience he accumulated throughout the years,by probably testing every technique,and every variety of vegetable possibly out there..
It is a great favor he does organic growers by sharing these methods.A lot of the tools described are affordable and very effective and easy to use.I put so many post-its in this book,that there hardly is an unmarked page.The chapter about crop rotation was VERY helpful.I have been gardening for years,but with his advice on how and why to rotate vegetables in this manner makes us understand and plan the entire garden for maximum results,and at the same time giving the soil back the necessary nutrients for seasons to come.All natural methods.No chemicals.
Every step of gardening is in this book.From seed sowing to harvesting the crop.You ask questions,he will answer them.
Enjoy this read.Five stars for Mister Coleman.
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