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Four-season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home by Eliot Coleman

Four-Season Harvest
Organic Vegetables From Your Garden All Year Long
Eliot Coleman

If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine.
This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition. Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter.

"Four-Season Harvest is a magnificent work. It's enticing, inspiring, sensible, and it opens a whole new world for the home gardener."
—Peter Fossel, Country Journal

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The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman
Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

"Attention to detail is the major secret to success in any endeavor,' writes Eliot Coleman on page 156 of this absorbing and happily detailed report on his ongoing efforts to grow flawless vegetables without hothouses on the frozen 'back side' of the year. In chapters covering everything from The Yearly Schedule and Greenhouse Design to Weed Control and Marketing, Coleman tracks his own constant search for perfection, a quality that has led more than one young farmer to exclaim 'I'd follow him anywhere.' Well worth reading even if you don't grow vegetables, just to watch a master's mind at work."
—Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life

From the bestselling author of The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, a revolutionary guide to year-round harvests of fresh, organic produce—with little or no energy inputs.

Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.
Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.

Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

The winter was not given to us for no purpose. We must thaw its cold with our genialness. We are asked to find out and appropriate all the nutrients it yields. If it is a cold and hard season, its fruit, no doubt, is the more concentrated and nutty.
—Henry David Thoreau

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm.

His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.

A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”

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The New Organic Grower

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener
by Eliot Coleman

Foreword by Paul Hawken

"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

With more than 45,000 sold since 1988, 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.

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About the Author:

Eliot Coleman is one of America's leading practitioners of organic gardening and farming. He has pioneered a "plant-positive" approach to horticulture that surpasses chemical-dependent agriculture in every way—producing vegetables that are exceptionally nutritious, delicious, and healthy.



 


Seed to Seed-Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

Seed to Seed
Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
Suzanne Ashworth

Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden.

This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.

Seed to Seed is the wisest guide to seed saving and grassroots genetic preservation you will ever find. Suzanne Ashworth has distilled the best information from researchers and the Seed Savers Exchange to guide vegetable gardeners from all walks of life."

--Gary Paul Nabhan, author of The Desert Smells Like Rain, Gathering the Desert, Enduring Seeds, The Geography of Childhood, and Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves

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Homegrown Herbs
A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs
by Tammi Ruth Hartung

256 pages, 8 3/8 x 10 trim size, full-color photographs and illustrations throughout.

Grow Your Own Medicine!

A Complete Guide to Growing, Using & Enjoying More Than 100 Herbs.

-Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author

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Greenhouse Plans:



Ron Klinefelters Greenhouse Plans include plans to build a complete green house plus other projects by Ron.

To view sample photos of the green houses just click here. http://www.thepowerhour.com/news2/greenhouse_photos.htm

NOTE:
* See Ron's Garden Photos frem 2009!
* See Ron Klinefelters Garden from 2006!


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Easy To Build Outdoor Fire pits, Cookers, And Other Projects
By Ron Klinefelter

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Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar is the mother of modern herbalism. Her wisdom and vision have inspired an entire generation of herbal healers, and her insights into the healing power of plants have helped people everywhere embrace more natural, healthy, and radiant lives.

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health is the author's practical compendium of herbal know-how. Written with her signature warmth, this must-have reference will help readers of every life stage enjoy radiant well-being, every day. Limit stress and anxiety, get adequate rest, boost immunity, improve mental acuity, and embrace life balance — these are elements of Gladstar's prescription for wellness, longevity, and boundless energy. To help achieve these goals, she offers a number of general-wellness recipes, including 7-Herb Long-Life Soup, Long-Life Elixir, and energy-inspiring Zoom Balls.

The bulk of the book is dedicated to specific herbal remedies for everyone in the family — adults, babies, children, and elders. Good Vision No-Cook Herbal Jam, for example, will help keep aging eyes functional, while Rosemary's Itch Relief Remedy offers a soothing salve for poison ivy. Whether a reader wants to soothe baby's diaper rash, enjoy a better night's sleep, conquer headaches, cure a case of athlete's foot, or boost a sagging spirit, Gladstar's time-tested herbal remedies offer new options for natural healing.

These therapies are enhanced with an A–Z herbal apothecary featuring detailed information about more than 90 herbs, as well as tips for preparing herbal remedies from scratch.

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Medicinal Herbs
A Beginner's Guide

33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
by Rosemary Gladstar

With Rosemary Gladstar's expert advice, anyone can make their own herbal remedies for common
ailments, such as aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish
digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most
common and versatile healing plants and then shows you exactly how to grow, harvest, prepare,
and use them. Stock your home medicine chest with safe, all-natural, low-cost herbal
preparations, and enjoy better health!

• Paper
• Pages: 224
• Size: 7 x 9
• Color: Full-color; Photographs throughout

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The Perfect Pumpkin by Gail Damerow
Growing - Cooking - Carving

224 pages, 6 x 9 trim size, two-color.

Gail Damerow offers detailed instructions on how to grow and harvest more than 95 varieties of pumpkin. The big orange pumpkin has a multitude of purposes. It can be cooked, eaten, used as a container, fed to livestock, raised for profit, and cultivated for record-breaking competitions.

The book includes:
* Growing and Harvesting Techniques
* Step-by-step projects, from carving to making soaps, creams, and decorations.
* Mouth watering recipes
* Tips on storage, freezing, canning, and drying

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About the Author

Author Gail Damerow lives in Tennessee, and operates a small-scale farm raising chickens and other farm animals. She has raised chickens since 1970 when she bought her first home, which "came with chickens." Gail has been a creative writing instructor at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville since 1988. She is the editor of Rural Heritage magazine, a monthly columnist for Dairy Goat Journal, and the author of several Storey titles for adults and children alike which include Your Chickens, Fences for Pasture & Garden, and The Perfect Pumpkin. She has been published in many periodicals, including Acres U.S.A., Backyard Poultry, and Dairy Goat Journal as well.

Gail's book for adults, The Chicken Health Handbook, is considered "Flawless" by Booklist (April 1994). Likewise, Ron Macher from Small Farm Today magazine has said of Gail's Guide to Raising Chickens: "If you want to raise chickens, you can go out and buy Guide to Raising Chickens and have it all. This is the best single book on chicken raising I have seen -- it has solid practical advice, good 'how-to' tips, and covers everything. Buy this book."

Author's website: http://ruralheritage.com

Gail has also been a return guest on “The Power Hour with Joyce & Dave” where she has been instrumental in exposing a very disturbing side to the National Animal Identification Program [NAIS]. The Power Hour Salutes GAIL DAMEROW for her dedication and efforts on this most critical topic.

To learn more about NAIS please visit ThePowerHour.com 


How to Store Your Garden Produce by Piers Warren
The Key to Self-Sufficiency
New Revised Edition!

In How to Store Your Garden Produce, author Piers Warren teaches how to store and preserve your garden produce, enabling you to eat home-grown goodness all year round. The easy to use reference section enables you to quickly look up applicable storage and preservation techniques for the majority of plant produce grown commonly in gardens and allotments. The techniques include freezing, clamping, hanging, drying, bottling, pickling, and fermenting.

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Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning
Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation

The Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivant; New Foreword by Deborah Madison, First Edition Foreword by Eliot Coleman

The Essential Guide to Preserving Nutritious Food

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning (originally published as Keeping Food Fresh) offers more than 250 easy and enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those who seek healthy food for a healthy world.

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The War on Bugs by Will Allen

Book Description
Will Allen is an organic farming visionary. A true activist, entrepreneur, and expert, he understands the complexities of farming first hand and the impact that commercialization has had.

In the early nineteenth century as the American population grew rapidly, demands on crop output increased. Seeing an opportunity to play upon fears from market demand, chemical companies declared war on the vile, profit-sucking, output-wreaking, arch-nemesis of the average American farmer – bugs. With precision, pesticide manufacturers delivered a “shock and awe” media campaign, that can only be paralleled to the current blitzkrieg from today’s pharmaceutical companies. Bugs were the threat to the American dream – and there was a cure available to every farmer available in spray, granule, dust, or systemic form that could be applied to your crops.
Will Allen’s War on Bugs reveals how advertisers, editors, scientists, large scale farmers, government agencies, and even Dr. Seuss, colluded to convince farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to pad their wallets and control the American farm enterprise.

Utilizing dozens of original advertisements and promotions to illustrate the story, Allen details how consumers and activists have struggled against toxic food. Echoing the warnings of seminal works on the topic like, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 100,000 Guinea Pigs by Arthur Kallet and F.J. Schlink, and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, The War on Bugs shouts that the time to stop poisoning our food, water, air, and ourselves is now!

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Reviews
"The War on Bugs is must reading for organic consumers and every concerned citizen. Will Allen tells us the incredible story, in clear but rousing language, of how corporations, out-of-control scientists, and indentured government have carried out a literal 100 Year War against organic and sustainable agriculture and family farms, and provides inspiration for the organic food and farming revolution which is already underway."
--Ronnie Cummins, National Director, Organic Consumers Association

"In 1984, when the gas leak from Union Carbide's pesticide plant in Bhopal killed thousands, I asked myself why agriculture had become like war. In the War on Bugs, Will Allen tells us why. Whether you care about the bugs, or the food you grow or eat, this is a book you must read. It will help us all move from violent agriculture to a non-violent agriculture which protects all life and our health."
--Dr. Vandana Shiva, director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy and author of Stolen Harvest

"I have often wondered why independent-minded farmers follow the recommendations of chemical and GMO seed salesmen. Will Allen takes us through the history of chemical agriculture in the US, tracing the collusion among chemical companies, university researchers and the media to convince farmers that chemicals are 'progressive,' and absolutely necessary to the success of their farms."
--Elizabeth Henderson, author, Sharing the Harvest

"Will Allen exposes how at every turn the government and the chemical industry steered us toward synthetic and poisonous solutions to the challenges of farming, drawing upon a unique combination of scientific knowledge about their devastating effects on the environment and a rich understanding of the organic approach--from doing it, as a farmer, in the fields."
--Mark Schapiro, editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting and author, Exposed

"In classical Indian music the lineage and intellectual approach of master and disciples is known as a gharana. Rachel Carson's 100th anniversary provoked an enormous attack on her from the pesticide-reactionary complex, shamelessly misrepresenting both her work and its consequences, and quite literally calling her a mass murderer responsible for the resurgence of malaria. Will Allen is a worthy student of Carson's gharana, and in telling the history of earlier such assaults from the pesticide complex, he shows us that her spirit and art are alive, well--and still badly needed."
--Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"Because of Will Allen, and other organic farmers and advocates like him, we now can choose to eat foods without industrial chemicals, wear clothes made from cotton grown without pesticides, and look again at farms-at least the organic ones-as places of natural harmony, not as industrial wastelands. In The War on Bugs, Allen documents how chemical weapons manufacturers, among others, convinced farmers to spray their toxic wastes on our soil, devastating our land and our health. You won't believe what they didn't teach you in school. The produce aisle will never look the same to you again."
--John Passacantando, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
 


Fresh Food From Small Spaces by R.J. Ruppenthal

Fresh Food from Small Spaces fills the gap as a practical, comprehensive, and downright fun guide to growing food in small spaces. It provides readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce their own fresh vegetables, mushrooms, sprouts, and fermented foods as well as to raise bees and chickens-all without reliance on energy-intensive systems like indoor lighting and hydroponics.

Readers will learn how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops and storage lockers into commercial-quality sprout and mushroom farms, and their outside nooks and crannies into whatever they can imagine, including sustainable nurseries for honeybees and chickens. Free space for the city gardener might be no more than a cramped patio, balcony, rooftop, windowsill, hanging rafter, dark cabinet, garage, or storage area, but no space is too small or too dark to raise food.

With this book as a guide, people living in apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes will be able to grow up to 20 percent of their own fresh food using a combination of traditional gardening methods and space-saving techniques such as reflected lighting and container "terracing." Those with access to yards can produce even more.

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The Medicinal Herb Grower by Richo Cech (Volume 1)
Illustrated by Sena Cech Olivier

The book starts with “Principles of Natural Gardening Techniques," covering: observation in nature, planting with the seasons, creating plant habitat, the benefits of diversity, and rules of (green) thumb. The book then covers “Practices of Natural Gardening Techniques," practical "how-to's", covering: preparing the ground, making diverse composts and potting soils, planting seeds and cuttings, caring for plants, and harvest and processing of medicinal herbs and seeds. The book is full of amusing anecdotes and is delightfully illustrated by Sena Cech. We hope it reads a bit like a “James Herriot” of herbalism and that it is as nourishing to you as cornbread. This book has a great deal of information in it for the startup medicinal herb grower and also for the advanced farmer of medicinal herbs. It will help engender success in growing common weeds and rare and unusual plants. It will help you if you are growing tulsi in a pot in New Jersey and if you are trying to grow 100 acres of Skullcap on a farm in Costa Rica. The book will inspire confidence in those that have a timorous relationship to seed planting, and will improve the technique of those whose sweat hits the earth and sprouts flowers.

176 pages, soft cover

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The Zero-Mile Diet by Carolyn Herriot
A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food

Take a journey through a year of sustainable backyard food
production with Carolyn Herriot, one of BC’s top organic
gardening gurus.

This definitive month-by-month guide brings gardeners into the delicious world of edible landscaping and helps take a load off the planet as we achieve greater food security. Full of illustrative colour photos and step-by-step instructions, The Zero-Mile Diet shares wisdom gleaned from 30 years of food growing and seed saving with comprehensive advice on:
• Growing organic food year-round
• The small fruit orchard and backyard berries
• Superb yet simple seasonal recipes
• Preserving your harvest
• Seed saving and plant propagation
• Dirt-cheap ways to nourish your soil
• Backyard poultry—it’s less time-consuming than you think
• Growing vegetables in the easiest way possible
• A–z guide to growing the best vegetables and herbs

Put organic home-grown fruits and vegetables on your table throughout the year, using the time-saving, economical and sustainable methods of gardening outlined in The Zero-Mile Diet. This book is about REAL food and how eating it will change our lives for the better.

Paperback
8 x 10 • 256 pp • April 2010

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Organic Pest Control
100% Organic Pest Control: For Home & Garden
By Tom Roberts

Roberts offers gardeners alternatives to the use of poisons in controlling insects. He discusses biological insect control (using beneficial insects to kill destructive ones), cultural insect control (rotating crops every few years, removing diseased or rotting plants, and plowing old plants and vines under in the fall), and acute insect control (using insecticidal soaps to spray on insects or picking and crushing them by hand). He also suggests such techniques as organically enriching the soil and controlling weeds. He lists 60 common pests and explains their anatomy and life cycle and how to kill them. Roberts also lists mail-order suppliers of beneficial insects and organic products.

In addition, this handy tool for pest identification is just the right size for being taken right into the garden. Large color pictures and descriptions of each pest and their life cycle help make identification easy. Includes sections on biological, cultural, and acute insect control; creating a good garden environment; Integrated pest Management principles (IPM), insect resistance; cockroach IPM for the home; and common pests of gardens and homes.

Softback: 90 pages.

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