True wealth is in our soil. If you want to grow rich with organic produce, these titles can help you get down to work. Written by the editors of the Rodale Gardening Books series, Garden Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need To Know To Plant, Grow, and Harvest is a large, floppy book (similar to the Whole Earth Catalogs from the 70s) packed with information on soils, plants and garden design as well as tips on composting, buying seeds and organic pest control. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture by Portland, Oregon-based urban farmer Toby Hemenway includes information on designing your garden as an ecosystem. Learn how to catch, conserve and use water, use certain plants to control aggressive weeds, and grow a food forest. Gaia’s Garden includes information on both rural and urban farming.
Agricultural journalist Ann Larkin Hansen’s Organic Farming Manual is an excellent book on starting and running a sustainable business. With contributions from more than twenty farmers around the US, the Organic Farming Manual offers a short history of organic agriculture followed by chapters on finding farm-able land, assessing soil quality, planting and maintaining an orchard, raising livestock and selling farm produce.
Looking ahead, Year Around Harvest: Winter Gardening On The Coast, written by Victoria area farmer Linda Gilkeson, features lots of valuable tips on growing hearty greens and root vegetables over the winter. Other topics covered include the storing and preserving of fruit and vegetables and the storing and saving seeds.