> Hi all! We own Log Cabin Orchard just south of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
> - about 1,000 apple trees. We are currently in transition to organic
> status and are very interested in obtaining information and sharing
> experiences with other organic/chemical free apple growers.
> We are also more than pleased to share our own experiences, knowledge
> and foibles with fledgling orchardists and the backyard apple grower.
> Gord Hawkes
Interested readers might want to see *The Real Dirt: Farmers Tell About
Organic and Low-Input Practices in the Northeast*. 1994 (reprinted with
updated contact information in 1998).
This is a Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) publication, written as
part of a Northeast SARE grant by members of the Northeast Organic Farming
Association and others, including Cooperative Extension.
Includes chapters on
*Crop Management (including fruit, vegetable)
*Livestock and Dairy Management
*Management and Marketing Concerns
*Transition and Whole-Farm Design
The index has a dozen citations for apple, plus references to apple
maggot, apple pomace, apple sawfly, apple scab. The book describes
management approaches to these pests.
Here's a further blurb about the book:
The Real Dirt: Farmers Tell about Organic and Low-Input Practices in the
1994; 2nd printing in 1998 - $13.95
The Real Dirt provides a vivid snapshot of organic and sustainable
farming in the Northeast in the 1990s. Based on interviews with more than
60 farmers in eight states, the book summarizes practical methods for
ecological soil, pest, disease, crop, greenhouse and livestock
management. It offers a farmer's-eye view of how to design rotations,
select crops and survive economically in the face of an increasingly
chemical dependent and industrialized agricultural system.
Prepared by the Northeast Organic and Sustainable Farmers Network -- a
collaborative group of farmers, farm organization representatives,
northeastern Extension agents and university researchers -- The Real Dirt
responds to increased interest in sustainable and organic farming.
Producers and Extension staff can turn to The Real Dirt for answers to
questions about organic and sustainable agriculture.
Its 264 pages of readable, farm-tested experiences are even more
accessible thanks to a comprehensive
index, bibliography and eight appendices. The glossary, resource
directory and lists of organizations and
Cooperative Extension contacts for the Northeast region were all updated
in 1998 for the second printing.
"What an amazing catalog of ingenious responses to variable
conditions faced by farmers. It
will encourage the creativity of aspiring and experienced farmers
everywhere. With its plain,
practical advice, the book can be used around the country and the
world to help build a
sustainable agricultural community."
-- Sam Smith
Make your check or purchase order ($13.95) payable to Sustainable
Agriculture Publications and mail to:
Sustainable Agriculture Publications
Hills Building, Room 10
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0082
Shipping in the U.S., Canada and Mexico included except on rush
orders. For orders sent outside of
North America, please add $6.00 for the first book and $2.50 for
each additional book.
Please allow 3 to 5 weeks for delivery.
Andy Clark, Ph.D.
c/o AFSIC, Room 304
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
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