Resource Pointer #168
June 3, 1998
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Agricultural Solutions: Improving Water Quality in
California through Water Conservation and Pesticide
Reduction, 1998.* Ronnie Ann Cohen and Jennifer Curtis.
Examines water conservation and pesticide use reduction
techniques that can improve water quality in the San
Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem, and presents case studies
of farms and projects that have put these techniques to
use. Case studies discuss pest control, fertility
management and irrigation systems for various types of
farms, including fruit-tree and row crop production in
Stanislaus County; tomatoes and melons in Fresno County;
organic vegetables in Yolo County; and organic rice in
Butte County. 68 pp. US$7.50 plus US$3.50 shipping.
Natural Resources Defense Council Publications Dept., 40
West 20 Street, New York, NY 10011; phone (212) 727-
2700; fax (212) 727-1773; web site www.nrdc.org.
*Learning from the BIOS Approach: A Guide for Community-
Based Biological Farming Systems, 1998.* Kristin
Schafer, Ed. Provides background information about
Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems (BIOS), a
collaborative program among farmers, scientists and
others that has worked since 1993 to reduce reliance on
agricultural chemicals while maintaining or increasing
yields and quality. Examines successes of BIOS and
explains how BIOS recruits participants, develops farm
management plans and assesses progress. Suggests ways
BIOS model could be adapted to other crops in other
regions. 35 pp. Contact Community Alliance with Family
Farmers (CAFF) for cost and ordering information. CAFF,
P.O. Box 363, Davis, CA 95617; phone (530) 756-8518; fax
(530) 756-7857; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Farms of Tomorrow Revisited: Community Supported Farms
-- Farm Supported Communities, 1998.* Trauger Groh and
Steven McFadden. Presents essays about the importance of
farming and the need for people who work outside of
agriculture to maintain strong links to food production.
Discusses social, economic, environmental and other
benefits of community supported agriculture (CSA)
programs and describes several successful CSA farms in
U.S. Includes basic information about how to start and
run a CSA. 312 pp. US$17.95. Biodynamic Farming and
Gardening Association, P.O. Box 550, Kimberton, PA
19442; phone toll free (800) 516-7797 or (610) 935-7797;
fax (610) 983-3196.
*Whole Farm Planning: A Survey of North American
Experiments, 1998.* Elizabeth Higgins. Describes whole
farm planning, an approach to farm management that
encourages farmers to view and manage their farms as
integrated systems and to identify how their farms
affect environment. Examines nine "whole farm" programs
in Canada and U.S., highlighting strengths/weaknesses,
key characteristics and areas where support is needed.
Suggests ways government can support whole farm
planning, including training farmers to see farm as
"system" and funding pilot programs. 61 pp. US$10 or
free online. Henry Wallace Institute for Alternative
Agriculture, 9200 Edmonston Road, Suite 117, Greenbelt,
MD 20770-1551; phone (301) 441-8777; fax (301) 220-0164;
email email@example.com; web site www.hawiaa.org.
*New York State Integrated Pest Management Program 1998
Annual Report, 1998.* NYS IPM Program. Presents news and
updates about IPM programs in New York and features
reports about various pest management developments,
including minimizing sprays for grape diseases,
biological control of houseflies, eliminating herbicides
in cabbage, and turfgrass pest control. 49 pp. Free. New
York State IPM Program, Cornell University, New York
State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY 14456-
0462; phone (315) 787-2408; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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