The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production (Hardcover)

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production By John Navazio Cover Image
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The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:

The reproductive biology of crop plants

Annual vs. biennial seed crops

Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity

Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity

Seed crop climates

Seed-borne diseases

Seed-cleaning basics

Seed storage for farmers

and more . . .

This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.

With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781933392776
ISBN-10: 1933392770
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Publication Date: December 17th, 2012
Pages: 388
Language: English