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About Colin Mccrate
Inspired by the writings of small-scale organic farmers; such as Wendell Berry, Eliot Coleman, David Kline and Gene Logsdon; Colin has been growing food since the late 1990’s. He developed his unique set of backyard farming skills by working on organic production farms, teaching garden-based environmental education and managing residential landscapes. In addition to the numerous, quantifiable benefits of local food production (better tasting food, reduced carbon emissions, community building), he believes that growing food is a worthy endeavor simply because it makes people happier. When he is not farming, Colin is usually talking about farming and/or drinking beer.
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Along with chapters devoted to the Five Tenets of a Productive Gardener (Plan Well to Get the Most from Your Garden; Maximize Production in Each Bed; Get the Most out of Every Plant; Scale up Tools and Systems for Efficiency; and Expand and Extend the Harvest), the book contains interactive tools that home gardeners can use to assist them in determining how, when, and what to plant; evaluating crop health; and planning and storing the harvest. For today’s vegetable gardeners who want to grow as much of their own food as possible, this guide offers expert advice and strategies for cultivating a garden that supplies what they need.