N E W S R E L E A S E
Jan. 20, 1994
Contact: Beth Holtzman
For Release: Immediately 802-656-0554
The "Real Dirt" on Organic Farming
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A new book sorts the myths from the truth
about organic and reduced-input farming.
Edited by Miranda Smith and members of the Northeast Organic
Farming Association, The Real Dirt presents a vivid snapshot of organic
and low-input farming in the Northeast.
The book, released in January, is based on interviews with more
than 60 farmers in eight states. It offers first-hand knowledge about the
many biological, cultural, mechanical and even chemical tools available
to modern organic and low-input farmers. The Northeast Region Sustainable
Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program provided funding for
The Real Dirt covers vegetable, fruit, agronomic crop and
livestock production in a practical, farmer-oriented way. Unlike other
books about organic farming, it doesn't just cheerlead. Instead, each
chapter presents the how-tos, the why-tos, and the what-not-tos.
"I'm impressed by the tone and quality of this book," says Ron
Prokopy, an apple producer and professor of entomology at the University
of Massachusetts. "It will be of high value both to farmers and to
Extension agents who are developing educational programs for interested
commercial and lay growers."
Massachusetts farmer Sam Smith says: "What an amazing catalogue
of ingenious responses to variable conditions faced by farmers! It will
encourage the creativity of aspiring and experienced farmers ... The book
can be used around the country and the world to help build a sustainable
The 272-page, 8 1/2 by 11-inch paperback is fully indexed and
illustrated. It features an innovative glossary, in-depth profiles of all
farmers discussed in the book, and an exhaustive list of contacts.
Priced at $13.95, the book is available through NOFA chapters or
through the Sustainable Agriculture Publications, Hills Building,
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0082.
For more information about the book or to find out about bulk
order discounts, call 802-656-0471.