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The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm - How to Start and Run a Profitable Market Garden That Builds Health in Soil, Crops, and Communities

Englisch · Taschenbuch

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Growing food in undisturbed soil is nature's model for success and a core concept of sustainable farming. No-till practices and plant diversity preserve soil structure, increase water absorption, reduce erosion, and allow microscopic life to flourish.

Learn how you can use this intensive approach to vegetable farming to increase production while maintaining a human-scale operation, with fields, tools, and methods sized for people rather than tractors and machinery.

In this in-depth manual, Daniel Mays shares his proven strategies for operating a thriving, no-till, small-scale commercial farm, including how to:

- Maximize production and efficiency through soil health and biodiversity
- Maintain a weed-free farm
- Integrate cover crops and livestock
- Increase resilience through interplanting, hedgerows, and beneficial insect habitat
- Build community and a vibrant customer base
- Make a good living from farming.


Preface: From the Ground Up
1: Farming at a Human Scale
  Nature as Model
  Beyond Sustainability
  Rethinking Tillage
  Farming Values
2: Ecological Agriculture
  Science and Soil Health
  Succession and Disturbance
  Soil Creation and the Soil-Plant Food Web
  Nature's Principles of Soil Care
3: Getting Started
  Taking the Leap
  Start-Up Costs
  Acquiring Capital
  The Land Search
  Farm Design-Build
4: Establishing Beds
  Permanent Raised Beds
  Field Layout
  Jump-starting Soil Health
  Breaking Ground with and without Tilling
5: Planting
  Crop Planning
  The Seedling Greenhouse
  Direct Seeding
6: Irrigation
  Water Resilience
  Irrigation Design
  Installation and Maintenance
7: Weeds
  Treating Symptoms vs. Causes (Killing vs. Preventing)
  Zero Seed Rain
  Methods of Manual Weeding
8: Methods of No-Till Disturbance
  Flipping Beds
  Compost as Mulch
  Mowing and Crimping
  Occultation and Solarization
  Breaking Up Compaction
  A Plantable Surface
9: Natural Soil Care in Action
  Principles of Soil Care
  Cover Cropping
  Hedgerows and Other Beneficial Plantings
  Integrating Livestock
  Fertilizer and Fertility
  Pests and Disease (Symptoms of a Lack of Life)
10: Harvest and Handling
  Workflow and Efficiency
  Harvest Implements
  Wash Infrastructure
  Presentation and Delivery
11: Markets and Scale
  Location, Location
  Food with Context
  The Local Market Trifecta
  Spreading the Word
  Market-Based Growth
12: Labor
  Labor as Asset, Not Input
  The Right Work Environment
  Labor Models
  Attracting and Retaining Employees
  The Hiring Process
  Task Times
13:  Planning and Recordkeeping
  The Whole-Farm Organism
  Recordkeeping Strategies
  Collaborative Spreadsheets
  Production Records
14: Measures of Success: Profit, People, and Place
  Agriculture-Supported Community
  Spaceship Earth
  Quality of Life
  Metric Conversion Chart

Über den Autor / die Autorin

Daniel Mays is the author of The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm and the owner of Frith Farm, a no-till operation in southern Maine that produces food for hundreds of local families from three acres of vegetables and five acres of pasture. With a master's degree in environmental engineering, Mays has studied dozens of small organic farm operations throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at farm events, including the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Maine Farmland Trust, and the Maine State Agricultural Trade Show. He lives in Scarborough, Maine.


As more farmers recognize the benefits of no-till farming for soil health, water retention, and crop productivity, expert Daniel Mays provides an in-depth how-to manual on getting started with no-till techniques for successful vegetable production on a commercial scale.


As more farmers recognize the benefits of no-till farming for soil health, water retention, and crop productivity, expert Daniel Mays provides an in-depth how-to manual on getting started with no-till techniques for successful vegetable production on a commercial scale.


“An exceptional book.” — Eliot Coleman, farmer and author of The New Organic Grower and Four Season Harvest
“A great treatise on the importance of a holistic approach to agriculture and a must-read for any serious market grower.” — Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of The Market Gardener

“Daniel Mays has hit the ball out of the park. Home gardeners and market gardeners alike will learn much about honoring soil life while growing the best vegetables possible.” — Michael Phillips, farmer and author of The Holistic Orchard

“If you want to farm for a living, I highly recommend reading this book. It is one of the best guides for serious growers that I know of.” — Ben Hartman, farmer and author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

"Farmer Mays draws from nearly a decade’s worth of experience running his five-acre Frith Farm in Maine for this useful primer on 'intensive no-till vegetable production'... Straightforward and encouraging, Mays’s insightful and detailed account is a one-stop source for small farmers looking for both inspiration and practical advice."
— Publisher's Weekly


Autoren Daniel Mays
Verlag Workman
Sprache Englisch
Produktform Taschenbuch
Erschienen 10.11.2020
EAN 9781635861891
ISBN 978-1-63586-189-1
Seiten 240
Abmessung 202 mm x 254 mm x 18 mm
Gewicht 740 g
Illustration Full-color; photographs and illustrations througho
Themen Ratgeber > Natur > Garten
Sachbuch > Natur, Technik > Natur: Allgemeines, Nachschlagewerke

GARDENING / Techniques, GARDENING / Organic, Organic gardening


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