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The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Eliot Coleman , Sheri Amsel , Molly Cook Field
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Oct. 1 1995 A Gardener's Supply Book

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Coleman's personable work draws together the experience and wisdom of his 25 years as a vegetable gardener in Maine. It includes nearly all the material in the previous edition (LJ 11/1/89), communicating a respect and feeling for "the land" and its processes. Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful observations he and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to "mobile greenhouses" that expand the growing season, each method is thought through to its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival. Well-presented graphics illustrate methods and techniques. This new edition includes sidebar references and notes, new chapters on creating fertile soil (without importing items such as manure from sources that may not use organic methods), and use of existing information channels to learn of new information. Of interest for even the smallest veggie patch grower. The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening presents many of the same sustainable concepts with the vehemence of its radio talk show host and news columnist author. Garrett gives tips on a broader range of home gardening, including landscaping and wildlife, and spends much effort on the abuses of past and current practice. Basics are presented briefly, with many eco-asides that help break up the dense, information-rich text. Lack of visuals makes the material harder to absorb, yet one is constantly copying out directions as they appear. These tidbits and the coverage of issues concerning Southern gardens make the title of value, though gathering the tips in an appendix or special section would have provided better access. For general collections.
Sue Gardner, Albert Wisner Lib., Warwick, N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to beat this book Jan. 29 2004
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Organic Gardener July 7 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars the complete guide Sept. 5 2009
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for organic growers Dec 13 2000
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliot Coleman : The wise organic guy. Jan. 1 2004
By Andrea
Format:Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars book needs updating
great book, but it needs to be updated. he has change several important farming techniques since this book was written: 15 years ago.
i gave it 5 stars 15 years ago.
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by organic
5.0 out of 5 stars Topsoil advice from a top-notch gardener
To feed yourself, feed the soil. Coleman has long been gardening under challenging conditions, has learned how to optimize soil fertility to produce health-giving harvests. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by GENE GERUE
5.0 out of 5 stars A PRIMARY WORK FROM A MASTER
For over three thousand years there has been a written record of agricultural and horticultural curiosity and creativity. Read more
Published on July 7 1999 by Nicholas Lore
5.0 out of 5 stars useful to growers on any scale
I could not recomend another book more highly. The information in this book is useful to growers on any scale. Read more
Published on June 11 1999 by mikebrenner@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Gardening explained both Factually & Philosophically
Eliot Coleman has written a masterful treatment of a deeply important subject. Not only does he offer an array of practical, time tested methods to help the reader successfully... Read more
Published on May 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you garden, read it, you'll love it
Published on April 12 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source book for farmers or gardeners
Eliot has done so much research on soil management that can be used by anyone. He has helpful information on maintaining soil, crop rotations and helpful hints for starting seeds... Read more
Published on Dec 13 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliot Coleman Outdoes himself!
The New Organic Grower and Eliot Coleman's Four Season Harvest are two of the absolute best books ever written on the sunject of cold-climate market gardening. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 1998 by devault@fast.net
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