The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution
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242 Pages
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Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your small farm


  • Author is the editor of Growing for Market magazine, the only national publication serving direct-to-market farmers, circulation 15,000
  • He holds a BA in English and a Graduate degree in journalism
  • He has been a farm operator for 15 years and spent 12 months researching the methods and techniques covered in this book
  • No-till farming saves time, labor, fuel, and requires less equipment
  • It increases soil organic matter, reduces erosion, boosts soil carbon sequestration
  • Roughly 35% of large scale industrial farming uses chemical no-till methods
  • Introduces scaled-down methods that are not reliant on chemicals
  • Suitable for vegetable and flower growers farming less than an acre to a few acres or more
  • Unlike industrial no-till, these methods are chemical-free and can be used for organic growing
  • The author researched farmer-developed methods and interviewed leading no-till farmers to bring the benefits of cutting edge, no-till farming to natural, organic, and small farms
  • Includes grower interviews and profiles to describe how various methods work
  • These methods lower the barriers to beginning to farm because it drastically reduces equipment costs
  • Intended Audience: market gardeners, small-scale farmers, ag-extension officers, homesteaders, people just starting out in farming, urban farmers

Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your small farm.


The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution is the comprehensive farmer-developed roadmap showing how no-till lowers barriers to starting a small farm, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases efficiency and profitability, and promotes soil health.


Farming without tilling has long been a goal of agriculture, yet tilling remains one of the most dominant paradigms; almost everyone does it. But tilling kills beneficial soil life, burns up organic matter, and releases carbon dioxide. If the ground could instead be prepared for planting without tilling, time and energy could be saved, soil organic matter increased, carbon sequestered, and dependence on machinery reduced.


This hands-on manual offers:



  • Why roller-crimper no-till methods don't work for most small farms

  • A decision-making framework for the four no-till methods: occulation, solarization, organic mulches grown in place, and applied to beds

  • Ideas for starting a no-till farm or transitioning a working farm

  • A list of tools, supplies, and sources.


This is the only manual of its kind, specifically written for natural and small-scale farmers who wish to expand or explore chemical-free, regenerative farming methods.


Foreword: The Age of Carbon by Kai Hoffman-Krull

Part One: The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution
1. Introduction
2. Understanding No-Till Systems
3. An Overview of Organic No-Till Techniques

Part Two: Grower Interviews
Mulch Grown in Place
Dan Pratt, Astarte Farm
Shawn Jadrnicek, Wild Hope Farm
Shawn Jadrnicek, "Advanced No-Till Mulching and Crimping Techniques"

Cardboard Mulch
Ricky Baruc & Deb Habib, Seeds of Solidarity Farm

Deep Straw Mulch
Andrew Schwerin, Sycamore Bend Farm
Dan Heryer & Brooke Selvaggio, Urbavore Farm

Deep Compost Mulch
Denise & Tony Gaetz, Bare Mountain Farm
Polly & Jay Armour & Jenna Kincaid, Four Winds Farm
Daniel Mays, Frith Farm
Hedda Brorstrom, Full Bloom Flower Farm
Shanon & Michael Whamond, Hillview Farms
Corinne Hansch & Matthew Leon, Lovin' Mama Farm
Mikey Densham & Keren Tsaushu, Mossy Willow Farm
Casey Townsend & Dan Morris, Natick Community Farm
Conor Crickmore, Neversink Farm
Elizabeth & Paul Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm
Jonathan & Megan Leiss, Spring Forth Farm
Bryan O'Hara, Tobacco Road Farm

Notes
Resources: No-Till Tools and Supplies
Index
About the Author
About New Society Publishers

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Published 05 March 2019
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EAN13 9781771422727
Language English
Document size 4 MB

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