PANNA: Resource Pointer #362 (Alternative Agriculture Techniques)


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Resource Pointer #362 (Alternative Agriculture Techniques)
April 29, 2004

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Organic Fruit Growing, 2003* K. Lind, K Schloffer, G. Innerhofer and H. Meister. Discusses underlying science and techniques to grow organic fruit crops. Covers planning and setting up an organic fruit crop including fruit selection, climate, and site considerations; care of an existing crop including soil heath, crop thinning, pest protection, and fertilizing; and harvesting, processing, and marketing. 281 pages. $100. Contact CABI Publishing, Wallingford OX10 8DE, United Kingdom; phone (44 01 49) 183-2111; fax (44 01 49) 183-3508; email; Web site

*Greenbook 2003: Caring for the Land, 2003* Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Essays and articles discuss a wide range of specific organic and sustainable agriculture techniques and strategies. 168 pages. Individual chapters available for free download at: Print copy available through mail order. Contact Minnesota Deparment of Agriculture, 90 West Plato Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55107; phone (651) 297-2200; email; Web site

*Growing Organic Winegrapes: An Introductory Handbook for Growers, 2003* L. Ann Thrupp. An overview of the operation of an organic winery and the process of producing organic wine. Topics covered include: certification, soil management, biodiversity, pest management, natural resource management, and the economics of organic winemaking. A resources section highlights opportunities for further research. 64 pages. US $20. Contact Fetzer Vineyards, c/o Gloria Seeley, PO Box 611, Hopland, CA 95449; phone (707) 744-7600; fax (707) 744-7605; Web site

*Natural Goat Care, Natural Horse Care, and Natural Cattle Care, 2001* Pat Coleby. Three separate books address farm-animal care including pasture health, feeding, nutrition, breeding, holistic treatments of ailments, disease prevention, and natural remedies. Natural Goat Care 371 pages, $25; Natural Horse Care 217 pages $20; Natural Cattle Care 217 pages $20. Contact Acres USA, PO Box 91299, Austin, TX 78709; phone (800) 355-5313; fax (512) 892-4448; email; Web site

*Raised Bed Agriculture, 2001* Ken Hargensheimer. Sites raised bed farming as an underutilized, yet highly efficient method to grow plants in farm, urban, mini-ranch, and garden settings. Provides an illustrated, step-by-step procedure to install a raised bed system. 35 pages. $9. Contact Gardens/Minifarms Network, Box 1901, Lubbock, TX 79408-1901; email, Web site

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