Best Agronomy Books
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1. Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden
Author: by Tammy Wylie
Start a thriving garden with the beginner’s guide to raised bed gardening Are you interested in creating a bountiful garden but worried that you don’t have enough space? Raised-Bed Gardening for Beginners shows you how simple it can be to plan, build, and grow your own raised-bed garden in whatever space is available.
Learn to build your bed, select the right plants, create herbal medicine, and much more, making it easy for even inexperienced gardeners to serve up freshly picked vegetables and herbs in no time. Plant a flourishing garden in minimal space with: An introduction to raised-bed gardeningFrom constructing a planting box to mixing and maintaining soil, step-by-step instructions make getting started easy.
Beginner’s guidanceHelp your garden thrive with detailed suggestions for crop rotation, partner planting, and seed starting. 30 Easy-to-grow greensFull profiles plus growing and harvesting tips on beginner-friendly plants make choosing the right ones for your garden a cinch. Take your gardening to the next level with this guide to raised-bed gardening.
2. Polyface Designs: A Comprehensive Construction Guide for Scalable Farming Infrastruture
Author: by Joel Salatin
A comprehensive how-to manual of Polyface Farms signature designs-with tips, tricks, and a half century of lessons learned through trial and errorHave you wondered how to build the Polyface broiler shelter, or the dolly to move it, or an Eggmobile, Gobbledygo or Shademobile?
For folks getting started, folks adding enterprises, or folks wanting a cheaper bootstrap way to build portable livestock infrastructure, Polyface Designs has all the diagrams and do-it-yourself building specifications. Joel Salatin wrote the text and Polyface former apprentice and engineer extraordinaire Chris Slattery did the drawings.
Ultimately practical, the book includes how to build a corral, a home-made head gate and even how to select the right axle for your project. Square footage requirements for the deep bedding hay shed and area advice for pig pastures make this the definitive repository for a lifetime of Polyface experimentation.
A massive volume, its 568 pages are in full color and beautiful enough to be a coffee table book even though youll use it in your shop. Dont let the cover price scare you; one building tip can more than save the price of the book.
3. Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture
Author: by Gabe Brown
Chelsea Green Publishing
“A regenerative no-till pioneer.”NBC News “We need to reintegrate livestock and crops on our farms and ranches, and Gabe Brown shows us how to do it well.”Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation See Gabe Brownauthor and farmerin the Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota.
But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. Brownin an effort to simply survivebegan experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers.
As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture. Brown dropped the use of most of the herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers that are a standard part of conventional agriculture.
4. Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth
Author: by Jessi Bloom
This permaculture primer is fresh and vibrant.Bring it on! Permaculture Magazine Permaculture is more popular than ever, but it can still be a daunting concept. If you are new to permaculture and interested in learning more, Practical Permaculture offers authoritative, in-depth, and hands-on advice for a more holistic approach to sustainable living.
Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein, two dynamic leaders in the permaculture community, explain the basics of permaculture, share their design process, and explore various permaculture systems including soil, water, waste, energy, shelter, food and plants, and animals and wildlife. They also profile the fifty most useful plants for permaculture landscapes.
5. Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide
Author: by Aranya
Are you excited about permaculture but unclear how to put it into practice for yourself? In this unique, full colour guide, experienced permaculture teacher Aranya leads you through the design process from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams.
It is based on course worksheets which have been designed, refined and tested on students over time. Linking theory to practice, he places the ethics, principles, philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context of the process itself. While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer the more experienced designer.
This guide covers: Systems and patterns ~ Working as part of a design team ~ Land and non-land based design ~ Design frameworks ~ Site surveying and map making ~ Interviewing clients ~ Working with large client groups ~ Identifying functions ~ Choosing systems and elements ~ Placement and integration ~ Creating a design proposal ~ Project management ~ Presenting your ideas to clients ~ and much more.
6. Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer
Author: by Forrest Pritchard
A totally modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamerscovering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farmfrom two leading lights in sustainable farming Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today’s market?
Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more: Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes? What does sustainable really mean, and how can a small (as little as one acre) to midsize farm survive alongside commodity-scale agriculture?
How do you access education, land, and other needs with limited capital? How can you reap an actual profit, including a return on land investment? How do you build connections with employees, colleagues, and customers? At the end of the day, how do you measure success?
(Hint: Cash your lifestyle paycheck. More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it’s well within reachand there’s no greater satisfaction under the sun!
7. Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Sustainable Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers
Author: by Darryl Benjamin
Chelsea Green Publishing
With information on purchasing, marketing, and employing farm-to-table principles in restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other institutions Nearly a century ago, the idea of local food would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Food for daily consumptionfruits, vegetables, grains, meat, and dairy productswas grown at home or sourced from local farms.
Today, most of the food consumed in the United States and, increasingly, around the globe, is sourced from industrial farms and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which power a food system rife with environmental, economic, and health-related problems. The tide, however, is slowly but steadily turning back in what has been broadly termed the farm-to-table movement.
In Farm to Table, Darryl Benjamin and Chef Lyndon Virkler explore how the farm-to-table philosophy is pushing back modern, industrialized food production and moving beyond isolated locavore movements into a broad and far-reaching coalition of farmers, chefs, consumers, policy advocates, teachers, institutional buyers, and many more all working to restore healthful, sustainable, and affordable food for everyone.
8. The New Seed-Starters Handbook (Rodale Organic Gardening)
Author: by Nancy Bubel
Starting plants from a seed grants earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier seedlings, lower costs, and the undeniable sense of satisfaction and reward. For the most complete, up-to-date information on starting plants from seed, turn to The New Seed-Starter’s Handbook. Written by a gardener with 30 years of experience, this updated, easy-to-use reference explains everything you need to know to start seeds and raise healthy seedlings successfully.
You’ll find: The latest research in seed starting- The best growing media- The newest gardening materials- Solutions to seed-starting problems- Source lists for seeds and hard-to-find gardening suppliesThe robust encyclopedia section lists more than 200 plantsincluding vegetables and fruits, garden flowers, wildflowers, herbs, trees, and shrubswith details on how to start each from seed.
9. Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers
Author: by Leslie F. Halleck
Gardening Under Lights details everything a gardener or hobbyist needs to know to garden indoors. Part One starts with the basics of photosynthesis, the science of light, and how to accurately measure how much light a plant needs. Part Two provides an overview of the most up-to-date tools and gear available.
Parts Three and Four offer tips and techniques for growing popular ornamental plants (orchids, succulents, bonsai, and more) and edible plants (arugula, cannabis, oregano, tomatoes, and more) independent of the constraints of volatile outdoor conditions. Gardening Under Lights is a highly-detailed, accessible guide for seed starters, plant collectors, and anyone who wants to successfully garden indoors.
10. Capturing Sunlight, Book 1: Skills & Ideas for Intensive Grazing, Sustainable Pastures, Healthy Soils, & Grassfed Livestock
Author: by Woody Lane
There is magic in forages. The magic of sunlight and green leaves, and the miracle of photosynthesis. It’s the magic of legumes that pull nitrogen from the air to make proteins, of roots interacting with the soil, of plants capturing and storing carbon, and of the vast array of forages that contain the protein, fiber, and starch upon which livestock depend.
Sure, we can stand in awe of forages and speak glowingly about them. It certainly seems like magic, in a poetic sense. But making this magic work for us is a challenge. We must develop the skills and knowledge to grow and harvest forages effectively and sustainably.
This book offers a distillation of that knowledge to anyone interested in the modern concepts of grazingand especially to the grazier who raises livestock on forages. This is not a dry textbook or a collection of homey anecdotes or an it-worked-for-me magazine article.
Rather, here we get under the hood with down-to-earth essays on the practical skills and the underlying science. With a bit of humor now and then. In these pages you’ll find no-nonsense sciencethe chemistry and physiology of growing plants, the dark and hidden qualities of soil, the modern methods for describing fiber, the nutritional value of forages, and the principles of storing hay and silage.
11. Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World
Author: by Josh Tickell
From Josh Tickell, one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers, comes a fascinating, easy-to-follow blueprint for how eating in ways that nourish and regenerate the soil can not only help reverse global warming, but also bring greater vitality to our lives (Wolfgang Puck).
A must read for anyone committed to healing our bodies and our Earth (Deepak Chopra), Kiss the Ground explains an incredible truth: by changing our diets to a soil-nourishing, regenerative agriculture diet, we can reverse global warming, harvest healthy, abundant food, and eliminate the poisonous substances that are harming our children, pets, bodies, and ultimately our planet.
This richly visual (Kirkus Reviews) look at the impact of an underappreciated but essential resourcethe very ground that feeds usfeatures fascinating and accessible interviews with celebrity chefs, ranchers, farmers, and top scientists. Kiss the Ground teaches you how to become an agent in humanity’s single most important and time-sensitive mission: reverse climate change and effectively save the worldall through the choices you make in how and what to eat.
12. The Independent Farmstead: Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management
Author: by Beth Dougherty
Chelsea Green Publishing
With in-depth information on electric fencing, watering, and husbandry for ruminants, poultry, and pigs, plus butchering, dairying, and more If we work hard, we sleep well. Twenty years ago, when authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased the land they would come to name the Sow’s Ear, the state of Ohio designated it not suitable for agriculture.
Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food. Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture management. Pioneered by such luminaries as Allan Savory, Greg Judy, and Joel Salatin, the tenets of holistic grazingemployed mostly by larger-scale commercial operationshave been adapted by the Doughertys to fit their family’s needs.
In The Independent Farmstead, The Sow’s Ear model for regenerating the land and growing foodthe best you ever tastedis elucidated for others to use and build upon. In witty and welcoming style, The Independent Farmstead covers everything from choosing a species of ruminant and incorporating it into a grass-based system to innovative electric fencing and watering systems, to what to do with all of the milk, meat, and, yes, manure that the self-sustaining farm produces.
13. Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers
Author: by Leslie F. Halleck
Everything a plant parent needs to take their plant collectionand plant knowledgeto the next level. Maria Failla, founder, Bloom & Grow Radio podcast Do you have a passion for houseplants? A desire to grow more tomatoes? Do you want a garden bursting with colorful flowers?
No matter what kind of plant fan you are, it’s easy to make more of your favorite plantsand it can be done for free! Plant Parenting is a beginner-friendly introduction to plant propagation.Leslie F. Halleck details the basic tools necessary, demystifies seed starting and saving, and shares easy-to-follow instructions for the most practical techniques.
She also provides additional information on controlling pests and diseases and transplanting seedlings and cuttings. Charming, richly illustrated, and accessible, Plant Parenting is for anyone looking to make more of their favorite plants.
14. For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems
Author: by Nicole Masters
Newly Edited Version* Learn a roadmap to healthy soil and revitalised food systems for powerfully address these times of challenge. This book equips producers with knowledge, skills and insights to regenerate ecosystem health and grow farm/ranch profits. Learn how to: Triage soil health and act to fast-track soil and plant health-Build healthy resilient soil systems-Develop a deeper understanding of microbial and mineral synergies-Read what weeds and diseases are communicating about soil and plant health-Create healthy, productive and profitable landscapes.
Globally recognised soil advocate and agroecologist Nicole Masters delivers the solution to rewind the clock on this increasingly critical soil crisis in her first book, For the Love of Soil. She argues we can no longer treat soil like dirt.
Instead, we must take a soil-first approach to regenerate landscapes, restore natural cycles, and bring vitality back to ecosystems. This book translates the often complex and technical know-how of soil into more digestible terms through case studies from regenerative farmers, growers, and ranchers in Australasia and North America.
15. The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening: Grow beautiful vegetables, herbs, and flowers – the easy way! Layer Your Way to Healthy Soil-Eliminate tilling … garden naturally-Reduce weeding and watering
Author: by Charlie Nardozzi
A lush, productive vegetable, herb, and flower garden doesn’t have to require endless hours of time and unlimited energy. No-dig gardening methods let you keep the rototiller in the shed and focus on what you like bestplanting and harvesting! With the step-by-step instructions in The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening, you’ll discover how to build healthy, easy-to-plant garden soil by adding layers of organic matter using one of several different no-dig techniques.
Whether you garden in a small, urban backyard or on several acres in the country, this simple approach lets you grow more food and blooms than ever before, and leave the gas-guzzling tiller behind forever. Plus, when you don’t disturb the soil, weed seeds stay buried deep where they can’t germinate and carbon is kept sequestered in the ground.
No-dig gardening techniques also lead to reduced watering needs and a healthy population of beneficial soil microbes that help feed your plants by breaking down organic matter and releasing nutrients. In addition to extolling the endless benefits of no-dig growing, author and veggie-growing expert Charlie Nardozzi hands you the tools you need to: Create a new no-dig garden from scratchTransition an existing garden to the no-dig methodBuild the most productive, nutrient-rich soil possibleRecycle yard waste by building a Hugelkultur planting mound Discover more about some great variations of no-dig gardening, including raised beds and containersBring your no-dig garden indoors for a continuous harvest Welcome oodles of fresh, homegrown veggies, herbs, and flowers into your lifewith no back-breaking work required!