The Organic Vegetable Grower

We are delighted to announce that Phil Sumption‘s new book The Organic Vegetable Grower – A Practical Guide to Growing for the Market has just been published by The Crowood Press.

The Organic Vegetable Grower is a practical guide for those growing, or wishing to grow, market and sell organic vegetables for a living. The book covers:

  • Getting on the land – gaining the skills and setting up
  • How to maximise diversity and productivity at a range of scales
  • A crop-by-crop guide to the basics of growing quality produce
  • Selling and marketing your produce
  • The human element – managing staff, complexity, and avoiding burnout

Lavishly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs, The Organic Vegetable Grower highlights best practice within the industry with numerous case study examples. It focuses on agroecological and regenerative approaches that build soil health and biodiversity to grow quality vegetables for a growing market. Packed with the latest research, innovations, and grower knowledge, it will also be invaluable for advisers and students of organic farming

” Once I was alerted that Organic Vegetable Production – a Complete Guide was out of print, the book’s journey began. It became clear that a completely new book was required. Though it draws on the evidence-base, structure and insights of the old book, which was very much a team effort from the HDRA (Garden Organic) Research Department, The Organic Vegetable Grower would have a single voice, and be accessible. The intention was to create a positive book, focusing on solutions to challenges, with insights and tips not found elsewhere.

“My passion, since the late 80s has been organic growing and once a grower it is always in the blood. As a researcher and advisor, and part-time grower I have endeavoured to bridge the gap between research and production. As an editor and communicator I am always on the look out for techniques, innovation and practices that will make the grower’s life easier, more productive, more rewarding, and more organic. The book is grounded in the practices that work, and rooted in the organic principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care.

“The book is enriched with photos and stories from growers who have inspired me over the years. It also contains many nuggets of information from research projects and collaborators that I have worked with at Garden Organic and the Organic Research Centre.”

Phil Sumption

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