A Growing List of Resources

It’s currently my off season, the days are tipping toward the winter solstice and I’m relishing the extra time to stay under my covers in the early morning hours when I would otherwise be harvesting.  I’ve also been catching up on reading and setting intentions for a new growing season.  Most recently I devoured JADAM Organic Farming by Yongsang Cho, the son of the founder of KNF (Korean Natural Farming).  I hope to close the loop on all of my farming inputs this year (namely compost, straw mulch, and organic fertilizer) and this book was wildly inspiring.

Below is a list of my top 10 favorite books on natural farming, growing flowers, and running a small business.  From the way I lay out my rows (thanks Eliot Coleman) to my minimalist business model that has kept me out of debt- these books and authors have had an enormous influence on my life and work.

Top 10 On Farming, Flowers, & Business

The New Organic Grower:  A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener by Eliot Coleman

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers by Andrew Mefferd

The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work by Ben Hartman

This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin

The Living Soil Handbook:  The No-Till Grower’s Guide to Ecological Market Gardening by Jesse Frost

JADAM Organic Farming: The Way to Ultra-Low-Cost Agriculture by Yongsang Cho

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels

Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanubo Fukoka

Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques by Lisa Mason Ziegler