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The innovations coming from forward-thinking farmers aren't limited to environmental concerns. Smart farming also requires smart business practices. Learn how to succeed in the science AND business of eco-farming.

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  • Market Farming Success: The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food

    Market Farming Success offers an insider’s guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs or plants. Learn More

    Regular Price: $29.95

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  • Start Your Farm

    An all-purpose handbook for today’s modern agricultural generation by two of the most respected figures in sustainable farming.

    Forrest Pritchard is the New York Times–bestselling author of Gaining Ground and Growing Tomorrow. He is also a full-time organic livestock farmer and seventh-generation producer. 

    Ellen Polishuk is a first-generation sustainable vegetable farmer. Formerly an owner of Potomac Vegetable Farms, she is a sought-after farm consultant and conference speaker.

    Softcover, Copyright 2016, 272 pages

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    $19.95

  • The Drought Resilient Farm

    Rainfall levels are rarely optimal, but there are hundreds of things you can do to efficiently conserve and use the water you do have and to reduce the impact of drought on your soil, crops, livestock, and farm or ranch ecosystem. Author Dale Strickler introduces you to the same innovative systems he used to transform his own drought-stricken family farm in Kansas into a thriving, water-wise, and profitable enterprise, maximizing healthy cropland, pasture, and water supply. Ranging from simple, short-term projects such as installing rain-collection ollas to long-term land-management planning strategies, Strickler’s methods show how to get more water into the soil, keep it in the soil, and help plants and livestock access it. Learn More

    Regular Price: $24.95

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  • Creating a Family Business, from Contemplation to Maturity

    This book is a must-have for those who want to build their own business and stop working for someone else. The author, Allan Nation, was the founder and editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer from 1977 until his untimely death in 2016. Among his legacy of journals and notebooks, he left chapters for a book on business. With the help of his partners, Sonny and Glinda Davenport, Allan's spouse, Carolyn, brought the manuscript to completion.

     Copyright 2018, softcover, 272 pages

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    $35.00

  • Amish Houses & Barns

    A study of three Amish homesteads: one in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, one in Holmes County, Ohio, and one in LaGrange County, Indiana. Scott examines the history and cultural development of a typical Amish house and barn, one in each of the three largest Amish communities in North America. Home is the center of Amish life and most life events:birth, marriage, daily work and play, retirement, and even death happen there. 

    Stephen Scott explores the history and cultural development of three Amish homesteads, each of which has been occupied by the current family of residence for at least four generations. (The Stoltzfus Farm of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Yoder-Miller Farm of Holmes County, Ohio, the Bontrager-Miller Farm of LaGrange County, Indiana.) Amish Houses and Barns also includes a photographic essay of typical Amish architecture in each of the three communities. Its numerous anecdotal stories,"Barn Fire," "The Farm Is Strip-Mined," and "Amish Style Graffiti", enhance the human story.

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    $7.95

  • Your Successful Farm Business: Production, Profit, Pleasure

    As a germination tray for new farmers ready to take over the 50 percent of America's agricultural equity that will become available over the next two decades, Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley stands as a beacon of hope in a food and farming system floundering in dysfunction: toxicity, pathogenicity, nutrient deficiency, bankruptcy, geezers, and erosion. Speaking into that fear and confusion, Salatin offers a pathway to success, with production, profit, and pleasure thrown in for good measure. Learn More
    $30.00

  • Time Management Tips for Farmers

    Days too short, list too long? Is being too busy taking the fun out of farming? Do you worry your business will suffer because you can't keep up with everything? Are you still expecting things to settle down to a manageable level once your farm gets "up and running"? You are not alone!

    In this book, farmers from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) speak from the heart about how they manage their days to reach short and long-term goals while maintaining work/life balance. The result is a treasure trove of proven ideas for the ambitious, energetic self-starter tackling the business of farming.

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  • Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers


    The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman's perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm and field operations. Key topics include:
    Finding your niche: mid-life encore careers, young and beginning, Boomerangs, and more From concept to crop: diversified farm start-up basics Resources, grants, and loans available especially for women farmers.
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    $24.95

  • Letter to a Young Farmer

    In this final collection, Logsdon reminds us that small-scale farming is contrary to the large-scale agribusiness mindset. He offers valuable perspectives on everything from robot farming to enjoying the almost churchlike calmness of a well-built livestock barn.. He ponders fake steaks, the myth of the American Farmer, finding and keeping a farm partner, the economic decentralization of nearly everything, and much more.

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    $22.50

  • Organic Revolutionary

    Grace Gershuny weaves her personal journey through the transition of the organic movement into an organic food industry. She takes on the challenge of turning an ecological philosophy into a federal regulation — a huge effort that put a legal framework on a process that flows from seed to table. Learn More
    $16.00

  • Farmer's Office, The

    Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business

    The author distills years of teaching and business consulting with farmers into this comprehensive, accessible guide. She covers all aspects of launching, running and growing a successful farm business through effective bookkeeping and business management, providing tools to make managerial decisions, apply for a loan or other financing, and offering general business and strategy advice for growing a business.

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  • The Small Scale Cheese Business

    There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high- quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry’s newcomers are “farmstead” producers—those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Learn More

    Regular Price: $34.95

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  • American Farmstead Cheese

    This comprehensive guide to farmstead cheese explains the diversity of cheeses in terms of historical animal husbandry, pastures, climate, preservation, and transport-all of which still contribute to the uniqueness of farm cheeses today. Learn More

    Regular Price: $40.00

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  • The Market Gardener

    es Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they've developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. Learn More
    $24.95

  • The New Livestock Farmer

    The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat

    The New Livestock Farmer provides pasture-based production essentials for a wide range of animals, from common farm animals (cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep, and goats) to more exotic species (bison, rabbits, elk, and deer).

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    $29.95

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