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About Pam Dawling
Pam Dawling has been growing vegetables at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 25 years, where the gardens feed 100 people on 3.5 acres. Pam's first book, Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, published in 2013, is widely used. Her second book The Year-Round Hoophouse will be published by New Society in November 2018. Pam is a contributing editor with Growing for Market and also writes for other magazines. She presents workshops at sustainable agriculture conferences and similar events. She shares these slide show presentations on www.slideshare.net. Pam blogs weekly on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com and on facebook.com/SustainableMarketFarming, and monthly on the Mother Earth News Organic Gardening Blog www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening. Pam also does consultancy work for new and beginning farmers.
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Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate
The Year-Round Hoophouse is the comprehensive guide to designing and building a hoophouse and making a success of growing abundant, delicious fresh produce all year, whatever your climate and land size. Chapters include:
- Hoophouse siting, size, style, frame construction, and tools
- Bed layout, soil, crop rotations, and extensive coverage of various crops for all seasons
- Organic solutions to pests and diseases
- Disaster preparation
- Tested resources for each chapter.
The Year-Round Hoophouse is ideal for farmers who wish to move into protected growing, as well as beginning farmers in rural and urban spaces. It is an essential reference resource for professors and students of courses in sustainable agriculture, as well as interns and apprentices learning on the job.
Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels or polytunnels – reduces the impact of an increasingly unpredictable climate on crops, mitigates soil erosion, extends the growing season, keeps leafy greens alive through the winter, and enables growers to supply more regional food needs.
Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.
Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.
Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately one hundred members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:
- Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, and harvest and storage
- Information about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varieties
- Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise
Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.
Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over twenty years, where she helps grow food for around one hundred people on three and a half acres, and provides training in sustainable vegetable production.