The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production (Hardcover)

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    The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farme...

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    The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

    Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

    In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:
    • The reproductive biology of crop plants
    • Annual vs. biennial seed crops
    • Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity
    • Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity
    • Seed crop climates
    • Seed-borne diseases
    • Seed cleaning basics
    • Seed storage for farmers
    • and more...
    This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.

    With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.

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    ISBN 9781933392776
    Genre TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Organic
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 388
    Publisher Date 2012-12-17 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Chelsea Green Pub Co
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 10.25 in
    Wdth 8.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 3.04 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Navazio, John

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