From a veteran organic grower: a unique agricultural methodology that delivers higher yields, higher quality, and higher profitability--absolutely free of herbicides or pesticides
No-till farming has rapidly grown in popularity among vegetable growers due to its high-quality, high-yield, high-profit results. Renowned organic grower Bryan O'Hara perfected the technique during the multi-year transition of his Connecticut vegetable farm to a no-till system. His vibrantly healthy, resilient plants are testaments to the value of allowing the inherent biological functions in soil to do their work.
In No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture, O'Hara describes the methods he has developed, which are completely free of herbicides or other pesticides and require only a few acres of land and minimal capital investment. He asserts that this flexible, ecological methodology is as important for soil fertility as it is for his economic success. This comprehensive manual delves into all facets of a dynamic, holistic growing system, including: No-till bed preparation techniques, Seeding and transplanting methods, Irrigation, Use of fertilizers (including foliar feeds), Composting (preparation and application), Culture of indigenous microorganisms to support soil biology, Pest and disease management, Year-round growing, Harvest and storage techniques.
O'Hara also explores the spiritual dimension of managing a farm ecosystem: observing the natural balance between plants, soil, air, water, and sunlight and the ways in which working to maintain that balance influences practical production decisions.
Whether you're a high-yield producer, a homesteader, or a market gardener, No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture is the go-to vegetable grower's manual for the twenty-first century. O'Hara's advanced yet accessible methodology will both help you respond to natural systems and adapt to meet future challenges.
"This book is a grower's dream, filled with crisp and invaluable details and clear-eyed explanations and guidance that connect 'how-to' with 'why.' O'Hara's innovative and pioneering methods amply demonstrate the power--and profitability--of prioritizing soil health and thriftiness alongside keen and insightful observations of field conditions. Simply put, you need this book at your fingertips if you want to successfully grow no-till vegetables." --Anne Biklé, coauthor of The Hidden Half of Nature
"Bryan O'Hara takes us on a journey to create a healthy, vibrant ecosystem that generates health through the production of nutrient-dense food while also helping to build community. I highly recommend this book to all those who seek a better future for humanity." --Gabe Brown, rancher; author of Dirt to Soil
About the Author:
Bryan O'Hara has been growing vegetables for a livelihood since 1990 at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut. He works with natural systems to build complex and balanced soil life, the result of which is a highly productive, vibrant growing system. Bryan was named Northeast Organic Farming Association's Farmer of the Year in 2016. He speaks throughout the Northeast and beyond on vegetable production techniques and is known for providing mountains of details in a concise, practical, and cohesive manner.