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Table Of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Te Organic Approach
Te Balancing Act
A Legacy of Damaged Soils
Retail Chemicals: Farming Made Cheap and Easy
Why Agribusiness Didn’t Go Organic
Counterculture Becomes Standardized
What to Look For
Water Supply
Farmable Land
House and Buildings
A Final Note
Financing a Farm Purchase
What Is Soil?
pH
Assessing Your Soil
Soil Husbandry
Applying Amendments
Tractors
Implements
Miscellaneous Equipment
Buying Equipment
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
Fluid Nutrition
Choosing the Right Crops for the Environment
Required Management Practices for Organic Certification
Disease Management
Weed Management
Garden Structure
Te Farm Plan
Season Extenders
Fields versus Gardens
Field Crop Rotations
Making Hay
Tree Fruits: What to Plant
Planning the Orchard
Planting the Orchard
Nut Trees
Brambles and Bushes
Grapes
Strawberries
Organic Livestock Basics
Pasture Comes First
Choosing a Livestock Enterprise
Animal Identification
Shelter
Handling Manure
Proactive Health Care for Organic Livestock
Chicken Management
Pig Management
Feeding Livestock
Management of Beef Catle
Sheep Management
Goat Management
Te Dairying Life
How Milk Happens
Profitability
Milking Equipment and Procedures
Processing Milk
Breeding
Organic Dairy Nutrition
Dairy Health Care
Habitat Controls Biodiversity
Making a Biodiversity Plan
Monitoring Farm Habitat
Enhancing Habitat
Restoring Habitat
Why Be Certified?
Step One: Preparation
Step Two: Te Application
Certification
Wholesale Marketing
Finding the Market
Direct Marketing
Value-Adding Ventures
Packaging and Processing
Advertising
Legal Considerations
Political Influence
Social and Cultural Influence
Economic Influence
Environmental Influence
Resources
Glossary
Index
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The Organic Farming Manual; A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm

The Organic Farming Manual; A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm

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The Organic Farming Manual is a comprehensive guide to growing, certifying, and marketing organic produce, grains, meat, and dairy. Beginning farmers committed to launching an organic operation and experienced farmers hoping to transition from traditional farming techniques will find all the information they need. The organic certification process is lengthy and demanding, but author Ann Larkin Hansen clarifies every USDA requirement and offers complete advice on selecting equipment, tending the land, caring for animals, and marketing farm products.Readers will also find profiles of successful organic farmers throughout the book. Their experiences provide inspiration and valuable tips for first-time farmers looking for real success stories. Hansen's thorough coverage of the subject and the positive words of established growers will set countless farmers on a healthful, organic path.
The Organic Farming Manual is a comprehensive guide to growing, certifying, and marketing organic produce, grains, meat, and dairy. Beginning farmers committed to launching an organic operation and experienced farmers hoping to transition from traditional farming techniques will find all the information they need. The organic certification process is lengthy and demanding, but author Ann Larkin Hansen clarifies every USDA requirement and offers complete advice on selecting equipment, tending the land, caring for animals, and marketing farm products.Readers will also find profiles of successful organic farmers throughout the book. Their experiences provide inspiration and valuable tips for first-time farmers looking for real success stories. Hansen's thorough coverage of the subject and the positive words of established growers will set countless farmers on a healthful, organic path.

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