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The New Organic Grower

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition

By Eliot Coleman
Illustrated by Sheri Amsel and Molly Cook Field

With more than 45,000 sold since 1989, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as:

  • Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available.
  • The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up.
  • The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses.
  • Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants.
  • The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live.

Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

REVIEWS AND PRAISE

"This is the best book on small-scale farming I've read in years."--Pat Stone, Mother Earth News

"I know of no other person. . . who can produce better results on the land with an economy of effort and means than Eliot. He has transformed gardening from a task, to a craft, and finally to what Steward Brand would call 'local science'."--Paul Hawken, from the Foreword

"Anybody seriously tempted to try. . . raising healthy food on healthy land. . . must first read The New Organic Grower. Coleman, who has been a quiet leader in the American organic movement for several decades, presents a balanced, logical exposition of his subject."--Horticulture

"Coleman conveys a vast amount of detailed information without ever insulting the intelligence of the reader. He speaks as if to a fellow home or market gardener, sharing what works for him and discussing what he knows and what he doesn't know. The New Organic Grower will be the book you dog-ear and feather with yellow sticky pages, returning to it time and again."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Eliot Coleman's book will help market gardeners establish the vital and profitable link between farm and city during the 1990s. Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy."--Robert Rodale

Library Journal-
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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman has over thirty years' experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook, as well as the instructional workshop DVD Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman. Coleman and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, presently operate a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.

CONNECT WITH THIS AUTHOR

Eliot Coleman on Grist.org
Four Season Farm Website

AUTHOR VIDEOS

Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman DVD Trailer

Eliot Coleman, Author of The Winter Harvest Handbook, Speaks About His Life in Organic Farming

Eliot Coleman presents The Winter Harvest Handbook

Eliot Coleman Discusses Inventing New Tools for Small-Scale Farming

Eliot Coleman's Keynote at Bioneers by the Bay 2008

Eliot Coleman Reflects on Four Decades of Organic Farming in Maine

Eliot Coleman Reflects on Four Decades of Organic Farming in Maine

5th Annual Food and Farm Summit: Eliot Coleman

5th Annual Food and Farm Summit: Eliot Coleman

5th Annual Food and Farm Summit: Eliot Coleman - Part 2

5th Annual Food and Farm Summit: Eliot Coleman - Part 2

5th Annual Food and Farm Summit: Eliot Coleman - Part 3

5th Annual Food and Farm Summit: Eliot Coleman - Part 3

Year Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman DVD Trailer

The New Organic Grower

Pages:340 pages
Book Art:Black and white illustrations
Size: 8 x 10 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback: 9780930031756
Pub. Date October 01, 1995

Available In/Retail Price

Paperback, 340 pages, $24.95