Preface 7(3)
Part I In the Beginning
Chapter 1 Thinking About Becoming a Farmer?
10(14)
Twenty Points to Ponder
Concrete Steps to Take
Chapter 2 Looking for a Place of Your Own
24(13)
Considerations When Looking for Good Land
Chapter 3 The Farm Plan
37(47)
Maps of Farm and Fields
Deciding How Much to Grow
The Weekly Planting Schedule
Crop Rotation Maps
Pick List and Harvest and Sales Record
To-Do Lists
Planting Records Book
More Planning and Paperwork
Part II Tools of the Trade
Chapter 4 Tractors and Tractor Implements
84(33)
Start with a Tractor
Tractor Implements
Animal Traction
Chapter 5 Small Equipment and Tools
117(11)
The Tool Shed
The Workshop
Chapter 6 The Greenhouse
128(33)
Seven Reasons You Need a Greenhouse
What Type of Greenhouse?
How Big?
Other Factors to Consider
Inside the Greenhouse
Greenhouse Hygiene
Chapter 7 Growing Under Cover
161(15)
Nine Advantages of High Tunnels
Special Considerations for High Tunnels
Low Tunnels and Caterpillars
Chapter 8 Irrigation
176(19)
Determining Moisture Level
Irrigation Options
Watering Specifics
Part III Looking After the Land
Chapter 9 Managing Your Soil
195(34)
Soil Basics
Soil pH
Plant Nutrients
Soil Nutrient Deficiencies and Remedies
Soil Testing
Soil Organisms
Chapter 10 Cover Crops and Green Manures
229(39)
Eight Reasons to Plant Cover Crops and Green Manures
Eight Cover and Green Manure Crops
Watching the Weather
Cover Crop Seeding Methods
Chapter 11 Crop Rotation
268(22)
Six Reasons to Rotate Crops
How to Create a Rotation Plan
Chapter 12 Building Fertility
290(14)
Compost
Animal Manure
Other Soil Amendments
Part IV The Crops We Grow
Chapter 13 Our Most Profitable Crops
304(37)
Bush Beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Celeriac (Also Known as Celery Root)
Italian Dandelion
Kale and Other Brassicas
Lettuces
Mesclun
Onions and Shallots
Peas --- Edible Pod
Peppers
Potatoes
Scallions
Summer Squash, Zucchini, and Cucumbers
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Turnips and Radishes
Winter Squash and Pumpkins
Chapter 14 Garlic --- Our Signature Crop
341(19)
Our Garlic Story
A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Hardneck Garlic
Chapter 15 Let's Not Forget Herbs
360(35)
Seven Reasons to Grow Herbs
Parsley
Basil
Rosemary
Sage and Thyme
Mints
French Tarragon
Lovage
Oregano and Marjoram
Lavender
Cilantro
The Savories
A Few Others on Our List
A Little More on Propagation
A Few More Tips on Harvesting
Part V Harvesting and Marketing
Chapter 16 Harvesting and Storage
395(26)
Best Time of Day to Harvest
Harvesting Tools
Harvesting Methods
Short-Term Crop Storage
Postharvest Treatment of Storage Crops
Long-Term Storage
Chapter 17 Marketing What You Grow
421(12)
Direct-Marketing Venues
Business and Institutional Customers
Chapter 18 More on Farmers' Markets
433(17)
What You Need to Get Started
Designing the Stand
Pricing
To Bunch or Not to Bunch
Tips for a Successful Market Day
Chapter 19 Marketing through the Seasons
450(10)
Late-Spring Lineup
Early-Summer Lineup
Summer Lineup
Early-Fall Lineup
Fall and Early-Winter Lineup
Part VI Competing Forces
Chapter 20 Regarding Weeds
460(11)
Get to Know Your Weeds
Twelve Weed-Control Strategies
The "Up" Side of Weeds
Chapter 21 The Four-Legged Competition
471(13)
Deer
Woodchucks (a.k.a. Groundhogs)
Other Sometimes Pesky Critters
Chapter 22 Insects and Diseases
484(19)
Insects
Diseases
How to Minimize Damage
Part VII Taking Care of Business
Chapter 23 Running a Business
503(16)
A Bookkeeping System
Ways to Structure a Farm Business
A Workforce
Chapter 24 Looking After Number One
519(15)
Physical Health and Safe Practices
Mental and Emotional Health
Afterword 534(3)
Resources 537(5)
Index 542