The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot ColemanThe Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and…

byEliot ColemanPhotographed byBarbara Damrosch

Paperback | April 15, 2009

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Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.

Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.

Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm.

His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.

A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”

Eliot Coleman has over fifty years experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook, as well as the instructional workshop DVD Year-R...
Title:The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.9 × 7 × 0.6 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Chelsea Green PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1603580816

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant I have several other books by this author and like them, this book is utterly brilliant. He has the same challenges with winter harvest as we do here in Ontario so all his advise is excellent. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to plant a four season garden and eat their own produce during the bleak winter months.
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Table of Contents

1. The winter harvest
2. Historical inspiration
3. Getting started
4. The yearly schedule
5. Sunlight
6. The "cold" greenhouse
7. The "cool" greenhouse
8. Winter crops
9. Summer crops
10. Greenhouse design
11. Year-round intensive cropping
12. Soil preparation
13. Sowing
14. Weed control
15. Harvesting in winter
16. Marketing and economics
17. Pests
18. Insects and diseases
19. Tools for the small farm
20. Deep-organic farming and the small farm

Editorial Reviews

"Eliot Coleman is widely recognized as the 'master' of the master gardeners. His new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook--which tells us how to produce local food even in winter in cold climates like Maine, without a lot of energy--now joins his other delightful books as another lovely read, packed with powerful and practical ideas that every gardener will treasure."--Frederick Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture