The New Organic Grower, 3rd Edition
A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 30th Anniversary Edition
Updated for its 30th anniversary edition; [This book] remains as relevant as ever. New York Times
For anyone with an interest in sustainable growing, this is a must-read. Irish Times
A perennial classic The New Organic Grower isone of the most important farming books available, written byEliot Coleman, a pioneer in the organic farming movement. Now fully illustrated and updated, this 30th Anniversary Edition is a must-have for any farmer or grower.
Coleman’s books and innovative methods have helped innumerable organic growers build successful farms in deep accordance with nature. The wisdom in this seminal book holds true even as the modern agricultural canon has grown – in large part due to Coleman’s influence as a wise elder with decades of experience. New information has been included in this edition to showcase the new tools and techniques that Colemant has been developing over the last thirty-five years.
The New Organic Grower offers a very approachable and productive form of farming that has proven to work well for the earth and its stewards for centuries. Gardeners working on a hectare or less will find this book especially useful, as it offers proof that small-scale market growers and serious home gardeners can live good lives close to the land and make a profit at the same time. The New Organic Grower is ideal for young farmers just getting started, or gardeners seeking to expand into a more productive enterprise.
New material in this edition includes:
- Beautiful colour photographs throughout, taken by master gardener and author Barbara Damrosch (Eliot’s wife and co-farmer)
- Updated information throughout on how Eliot’s practices have changed through his experiments over the years
- A new section from Damrosch about incorporating flowers on the small farm
- More information on new tools Eliot has invented that don’t appear in any of his other books
Reviews and Praise
Booklist, Starred Review—
"This 30th anniversary edition of a foundational book on small-scale organic growing has been revised and updated to reflect the changes that have happened in those intervening years. Organic food is now mainstream, growing a home food garden is commonplace, and author Coleman has developed new techniques; all of these elements are reflected in the new content which clarifies and expands on the original (1989) and second (1995) editions. While it is written with a small-scale organic farmer in mind, the information included will be highly relevant to home growers as well, especially those starting from scratch and looking to formulate a plan. Starting with a brief agricultural history and moving through virtually every element a small-scale grower would need to consider, this book is an easy-to-read, easy-to- use expert’s guide. Appendixes include several paragraphs each on more than two dozen of the most commonly grown (in the U.S.) types of vegetables, the USDA North American Hardiness Zone Map, a schematic outline of biological agriculture, recommended tools and suppliers, and an annotated bibliography."
“The incomparable Eliot Coleman . . . serious, meticulous, inspiring.”—New York Times
“One of America’s most innovative farmers.”—Michael Pollan
“Eliot Coleman’s book will help market gardeners establish the vital and profitable link between farm and city. Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy.”—Robert Rodale
“[Coleman] writes not just about gardening but about everything that connects to good food and pleasure; a Renaissance man for a new generation.”—Dan Barber, chef, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
“I know of no other person . . . who can produce better results on the land with an economy of effort and means than Eliot. He has transformed gardening from a task, to a craft, and finally to what Stewart Brand would call ‘local science.’”—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest; editor of Drawdown
“Anybody seriously tempted to try . . . raising healthful food on healthy land . . . must first read The New Organic Grower. Coleman, who has been a quiet leader in the American organic movement for several decades, presents a balanced, logical exposition of his subject.”—Horticulture
“Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful observations [Coleman] and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to ‘mobile greenhouses’ . . . each method is thought through to its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival.”—Library Journal
“This is the best book on small-scale farming I’ve read in years.”—Pat Stone, Mother Earth News
“From first sentence to last, [The New Organic Grower] is a delight—an earnest guide written with an impish sense of humor. It will refresh anyone who wants to get the most from a vegetable garden yet doesn't want to devote too much time and energy to the process.”—Publishers Weekly
“Coleman conveys a vast amount of detailed information without ever insulting the intelligence of the reader. He speaks as if to a fellow home or market gardener, sharing what works for him and discussing what he knows and what he doesn't know. The New Organic Grower will be the book you dog-ear and feather with yellow sticky pages, returning to it time and again.”—San Francisco Chronicle