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Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping (978-1603583459)

Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping (2011) by Seth Kroeck and Jocelyn Langer, published by Chelsea Green Publishing
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Part of the NOFA guides. This volume covers:


  • Historical roots of cover-crop techniques

  • Thinking beyond this season's cash crop (disease and pest reduction, weed suppression, cash vs. cover crops)

  • What is a good rotation? (mapping the farm, grouping crops, sample groupings)

  • The economics of rotations and cover cropping (organizing your work, reducing labor inputs, land and cover-crop seed costs)

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Including on-farm examples and detailed appendices.


About the Author

Seth Kroeck has been working and managing organic farms in the Northeast and California for the past eight years. He is currently working on his own farm, Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Maura, and their son, Griffin.


Review

I'm only on page 18 and love this little book because I am learning several useful facts on each page. I am a beginner in the seed saving subject area. The book is so easy to read and yet seems to effortlessly teach a number of complex subjects, such as how a species of apple relates to our overall genetic plant heritage (there apparently used to be 7,000 species of apples and only 1,000 survive - the author compares this to books in the library, such as Macbeth or a Stephen King novel, disappearing forever, and even though we have the genetic material still, which he compares to all the words in a dictionary, we lost something that is not easy to reproduce), the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, landraces, and even how a hybrid is obtained and could be reverted to an open pollinated species. He does also talk about marketing small crops from your yard and expanding into seed growing and what one needs to consider to keep seeds true to their species - on p.17 he talks about how having only 2 isolation areas (far enough apart to keep plants from cross-pollinating) and saving seeds for 2 years, you could keep 4 species going on your land and contribute to saving their seeds for following generations. He talks about harvesting the weaker plants for market and letting the best ones go to seed to combine options for income. Very useful little book and a joy to read, even for a beginner. -- Bennieon, March 20, 2016

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