No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture
Renowned organic grower Bryan O'Hara experimented for several years to develop innovative methods and transition his Connecticut vegetable farm to a no-till system. In No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture, O'Hara shares his pioneering approach to creating biologically active soil that supports year-round production of nutrient-rich crops with minimal capital investment.
Seasoned with reflections on the spiritual and social rewards of tending a diverse small farm, this book delves into all facets of a biodynamic growing system, including:
- No-till bed preparation techniques
- Seeding and transplanting methods
- Use of fertilizers (including foliar feeds)
- Composting (preparation and application)
- Culture of indigenous microorganisms to support soil biology
- Pest and disease management
- Year-round growing
An inspirational must-read for anyone looking to take vegetable growing to the next level, No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture will help you respond to natural systems and adapt to meet future challenges.
Praise for No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture
"O'Hara takes us on a journey to create a vibrant ecosystem that generates health through the production of nutrient-dense food while also helping to build community. I highly recommend this book to all those who seek a better future for humanity."
– Gabe Brown, rancher; author of Dirt to Soil
"This is the best practical manual for vegetable growers that I am aware of."
– Dan Kittredge, founder and executive director, Bionutrient Food Association; Eco-Ag Conference speaker
"This book is a grower's dream, filled with crisp and invaluable details and clear-eyed explanations and guidance that connect 'how-to' with 'why.' O'Hara's innovative and pioneering methods amply demonstrate the power – and profitability – of prioritizing soil health and thriftiness alongside keen and insightful observations of field conditions. Simply put, you need this book at your fingertips if you want to successfully grow no-till vegetables."
– Anne Biklé, coauthor of The Hidden Half of Nature
"An inspiring guide to merging traditional and modern practices for successful small-scale vegetable farming based on rebuilding soil life. Having seen the incredible soil at Bryan O'Hara's farm, I can attest that it speaks for itself."
– David R. Montgomery, author of Growing a Revolution
"This humble soil genius understands the true art and science of vegetable farming"
– Ray Archuleta, farmer; founder, Soil Health Academy