Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 2 edition (August 13, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
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Steeped in agricultural history and distilled in life experience, Jack Lazor gives us a book that covers everything you need to know to grow, store and use organic grains. The Organic Grain grower will be invaluable to everyone from home-style gardeners to full-scale farmers. Comprehensive enough to serve as a university textbook yet organized well enough to be a handy reference book - the first eight chapters cover general topics from soil fertility and planting to harvest and storage, while the remainder devotes a chapter to each grain covered (corn, wheat, barley etc.). Although the author's own personal odyssey is centered in Vermont, this should not deter would-be grain-growers in other regions. The unique set of circumstances in northern New England notwithstanding, it is the problem-solving and overall knowledge base which can be applied anywhere.Drawing from over four decades of experience, Mr. Lazor has acquired an immense amount of knowledge. Leaving no stone unturned, he has learned from all sources. That is to say, from university to field, library to farm: scientists, historians, farmers (conventional and organic alike), homesteaders, end-users (e.g. millers and bakers) and most of all, the school of hard knocks, experience itself, which he relates in a very engaging personable manner. Indeed, much of the book reads as if one is sitting down with the author in conversation. He shares all, good and bad alike, so that new grain growers are aware of strategies and pitfalls. His advice even extends into agronomics - acquiring everything from seed to used equipment at bargain prices hand in hand with overall farm management for fun and profit. What drives him is his passion - from enriching and tilling the soil to nurturing sprouting plants to combining amber waves of grain.
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