Resource Pointer #43
August 4, 1995
For copies of the following resources, please contact the
appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*The Orchard Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Healthy Fruit
Trees, 1995.* Steve Page and Joe Smillie. Describes how
small-scale and commercial growers can design and implement
sensible orchard management systems. Includes tips on
planting and pruning; soil and foliar fertilization; organic
control of pests; restoration of old fruit trees; Integrated
Pest Management; new fungicide-free varieties; safe use of
pesticides; and harvest and storage. 154 pp. $16.95 (add $4
shipping and handling, plus 7.25% tax for California
residents.) agAccess, P.O. Box 2008, Davis, CA 95617; phone
(916) 756-7177; fax (916) 756-7188; email:
*The Soul of Soil: A Guide to Ecological Soil Management,
Third Edition, 1995.* Grace Gershuny and Joseph Smillie.
Describes on-farm composting, cultivation, weed control,
building and maintaining organic matter, green manures and
rotations, nutrient balances, soil testing and planning for
organic certification. Uses lay terminology to explain soil
chemistry and biology of organic matter in soils, and
discusses practices for monitoring and improving soil quality
without synthetic fertilizers. Includes review of general
organic certification procedures and suggests methods for
facilitating the certification process. 174 pp. US$16.95.
agAccess, P.O. Box 2008, Davis, CA 95617; phone (916) 756-
7177; fax (916) 756-7188; email: email@example.com.
*National Biodiversity Planning: Guidelines Based on Early
Experiences Around the World, 1995.* World Resources
Institute. This handbook offers background information, case-
study examples and analysis, and step-by-step guidelines for
planning and implementing national biodiversity strategies
and action plans. 172 pp. US$19.95 (plus $3.50 shipping and
handling). WRI Publications, P.O. Box 4852, Hampden Station,
Baltimore, MD 21211; phone (800) 822-0504; email:
WendyW@WRI.ORG. Foreign orders: Earthscan Publications, 120
Pentonville Rd., London, U.K. N19 JN; phone (410) 516-6963.
*Growing Diversity: Genetic Resources and Local Food
Security, 1992.* Describes worldwide NGO involvement in
promoting plant genetic resources. Focuses on grassroots
efforts in Southeast Asia, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, and
Ecuador, with case studies on the promotion of community seed
banks in Indonesia and Mozambique. 166 pp. US$19.50. IT
Publications LTD, 103-105 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HH,
U.K.; phone 44(0)71 4369761; fax 44(0)71 436 2013.
*Farming for the Future: An Introduction to Low-External-
Input and Sustainable Agriculture, 1992.* Coen Reijntjes,
Bertus Haverkort and Ann Waters-Bayer. Examines strategies
and techniques for Low-External-Input and Sustainable
Agriculture (LEISA) in the tropics based on work by the
Information Centre for Low-External-Input and Sustainable
Agriculture (ILEIA). Looks at how development workers can
assist small-scale farmers in making the best use of low-cost
local resources to solve their agricultural problems.
Emphasis is on methods of Participatory Technology
Development (PTD) to find site-specific solutions and to
raise overall productivity of farming in a sustainable way.
250 pp. U.K. 7.25. Macmillan Education. Houdmills,
Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 2XS, U.K.; phone (44) 1256
29242; fax (44) 1256 29242.
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