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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (February 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865717168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865717169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing For Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for 38 years, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, where she helps grow food for around 100 people on three and a half acres and provides training in sustainable vegetable production. Pam's farming experience includes caring for cows, sheep, goats, pigs, bees, chickens, ducks and geese; growing small acreages of wheat, barley, oats, field beans and hay, using old farm implements, and growing and cooking more than sixty different kinds of vegetables and fruits.

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Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine and a speaker on growing vegetables sustainably. Her book Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres was published by New Society Publishers on February 1, 2013. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has been farming and providing training in sustainable vegetable production for community members at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years. She is the manager of the three and a half acre vegetable gardens which feed around 100 people all year. Pam's previous farming experience includes caring for livestock; growing small acreages of grains, field beans and hay, using old farm implements, and growing and cooking more than sixty different kinds of vegetables and fruits. For more about her book, see www.sustainablemarketfarming.com www.facebook.com/SustainableMarketFarming

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If you want to garden, you must have this book!
Rhonda Allbeck
Sustainable Market Farming is the way to go plan a strategic approach to making the most of your efforts to provide your produce to the market.
Mary Hockett Thoma
It's well organized and indexed, and I find it very easy to find what I'm looking for.
JB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JB on February 25, 2014
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I've been market farming a few years and own a LOT of books on farming - Eliot Coleman, Joel Salatin, etc., but this is by far the most useful book for me and my operation. Reading the book is like touring the author's farm, with details about what tools the farm uses, varieties of seeds, specifics about succession planting, seed starting, etc. I dragged my feet a few weeks on buying this book as I didn't want another book gathering dust on the bookshelf, but I use this all the time. It's well organized and indexed, and I find it very easy to find what I'm looking for. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on January 12, 2014
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The specific information on each crop (soil preferences, germination to temperature ratios, succession planting schedules, etc) could have been more efficiently streamlined for quick reference. I appreciate being able to read more deeply into these details, but as I need to revisit the material multiple times, it would be nice to see this information in a chart rather than buried in text.

That being said, I am impressed by the amount and clarity of the information available in the book regardless. This text is broken into two sections. The first really is well honed towards the individual who needs clear advice on building a long-term sustainable model. The second half goes into detail on how to grow a basic variety of staple crops. Other books I've looked into either don't address address the foundational material as well, or they are bogged down by pronouncements and proselytizing about sustainability. Of course sustainability is important, but the preaching to the choir seems to be a particularly problematic when it bloats a text. Thankfully this manual is focused solidly on the HOW rather than the WHY. I'm looking forward to experimenting with her advice into this year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rio Abajo Community Library on August 6, 2013
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We purchased this to add to our library inventory and it has been popular, even with those who have been working on farms all their lives. Besides the acres of crops, many times the family sets aside one-half to one acre for personal "gardening" and this book was perfect for this!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Allbeck on April 30, 2013
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This book is just what my friend and I needed to begin producing more vegetables in small places. This book is very informative and an easy read. It includes charts and many ideas. If you want to garden, you must have this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Styer on May 25, 2013
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I have found this book to be invaluable, we run a CSA program and have used it extensively for a variety of info.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vegetable farm in Virginia on December 28, 2013
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This book is comprehensive in every way. Pam shares every trick of the trade and does so in an easy to read manner. This is a must read for both home gardeners as well as those of us who are trying to make a living in the vegetable business. She is a great speaker as well and really knows her stuff. This is a book that you will bring out to the garden with you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By closee on September 3, 2013
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Very detailed. Best on subject I have seen so far.will use lile a blueprint in our own farm market efforts. Big thanks to author.
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My only regret is that I can't recall who recommended this... I owe them a thanks. As already mentioned in another review, the author avoids the choir preaching that seems to handicap so many of this genre. No real fluff, just functional substance. My first time through was a labor, although not due to the style or any deficiency of information, quite the opposite. Initially I was dog earring pages of interest. Then, once realizing the futility of my acts (nearly every other page was bent over) I resorted to highlighting. Well then I had to wait for the pages to dry before I could turn them. Not quite but almost the literal truth. Lots of good and unique information not found somewhere else. Wish I had had this 30 years ago.

I'd have a hard time thinking of a gardener or market grower that wouldn't find this a worthy tome. Not to overstate it but I would consider it one of my top shelf references, right up there with Eliot Coleman, Booker T. Whatley, and Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Since I share the same Virginia latitude as the author I also particularly appreciated that it wasn't written for New England growers (as it seems most on the subject are). Although I've already worked through the process of developing my own methods of record keeping, I'm sure that Pam's suggested method would have proven a lot less painful to adopt.

Whether you're growing for a hundred, or just for yourself, there's bound to be a lot of usable information in here to help you be more successful and less stressful in your endeavor.
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