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About Andrew Mefferd
Andrew Mefferd has been the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine since the beginning of 2016. Before that he spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He put what he learned to use on his own farm in Maine. For more about the magazine, visit www.growingformarket.com.
Andrew grew up in Virginia with frequent trips to visit his grandparents’ farm in Pennsylvania. After going to journalism school, he wanted to start a farm on the family land. He apprenticed on farms in six states (Pennsylvania, California, Washington State, Virginia, New York State and Maine), started One Drop Farm in Pennsylvania, then moved the farm to Maine before working for Johnny’s. In addition to greenhouse and hoophouse growing, he has a passion for helping growers succeed and promoting the local farming movement. One change he would like to see in the world is for more of our food to be produced closer to where it is eaten. Andrew also works as a consultant for natural greenhouse growing and sustainable agriculture. For more information go to www.andrewmefferd.com.
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Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your small farm.
The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution is the comprehensive farmer-developed roadmap showing how no-till lowers barriers to starting a small farm, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases efficiency and profitability, and promotes soil health.
Farming without tilling has long been a goal of agriculture, yet tilling remains one of the most dominant paradigms; almost everyone does it. But tilling kills beneficial soil life, burns up organic matter, and releases carbon dioxide. If the ground could instead be prepared for planting without tilling, time and energy could be saved, soil organic matter increased, carbon sequestered, and dependence on machinery reduced.
This hands-on manual offers:
- Why roller-crimper no-till methods don't work for most small farms
- A decision-making framework for the four no-till methods: occultation, solarization, organic mulches grown in place, and applied to beds
- Ideas for starting a no-till farm or transitioning a working farm
- A list of tools, supplies, and sources.
This is the only manual of its kind, specifically written for natural and small-scale farmers who wish to expand or explore chemical-free, regenerative farming methods.
Do less, produce more, and grow the soil life that feeds crops using chemical-free, organic no-till methods customized to your farm
No-till farming methods are taking small-scale farming by storm, promising less work, higher productivity, improved soil health, carbon sequestration, and weed control for organic growers.
Yet there are many ways to do no-till, including mulching with compost, cardboard, straw, silage tarps, and more. Plus plenty of conflicting advice on how to get started.
Practical No-Till Farming is here to help, sorting the wheat from the chaff and the horse manure from the plastic mulch. Coverage includes:
- How to assess your farm for no-till options considering climate, soil, and crop selection
- Assessment of common no-till methods, including pros and cons, materials, and the relative costs
- A decision-making matrix for choosing the most appropriate methods for your context
- How-to for each no-till method, including what to do and when
- Dealing with bindweed, symphylans, and other difficult weeds and pests
- Maximizing productivity of no-till beds
- Special coverage of both organic vegetable and flower no-till market farming
Ideal for small-scale growers everywhere, Andrew Mefferd, veteran farmer, author of The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution, and editor of Growing for Market magazine, brings you the ultimate guide to getting started with no-till farming.