How to Start and Run a Profitable Market Garden That Builds Health in Soil, Crops, and Communities.
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.
No-till — a method of growing crops and providing pasture without disturbing the soil — has become an important alternative to standard farming practices. In this comprehensive guide to successful no-till vegetable farming for aspiring and beginning farmers, author Daniel Mays, owner and manager of an organic no-till farm in Maine, outlines the environmental, social, and economic benefits of this system. The methods described are designed for implementation at the human scale, relying primarily on human power, with minimal use of machinery. The book presents streamlined planning and record-keeping tools as well as marketing strategies, and outlines community engagement programs like CSA, food justice initiatives, and on-farm education.
“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