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The Independent Farmstead

Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management

Twenty years ago, when authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased the land they would come to name the Sow’s Ear, the state of Ohio designated it “not suitable for agriculture.” Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.

Sunday at the Farmers Market

Sunday at the Farmers Market is a picture book for kids that explores the local farmers market through the eyes of the farmer's children. Each Sunday morning at sunrise the farmer and his children take the bright red truck into the village with their faithful dog to sell their fruits and vegetables at the village farmers' market. Follow the children around the market as they meet up with friends and visit farm stands where they learn, taste and discover how things are made and grown. A lively, educational and vibrantly illustrated adventure with many details for children and adults to admire. There is a red cardinal on almost every page which children will enjoy finding.

The Wreath Recipe Book

Year-Round Wreaths, Swags, and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches

From the authors of the widely popular Flower Recipe Book, and in the same successful format, The Wreath Recipe Book provides 100 “recipes” to make with flowering and leafy branches. These aren’t just evergreens for Christmas—the book is organized seasonally, with dozens of projects to make throughout the year.

The Flower Recipe Book

100 Magical, Sculptural, Seasonal Arrangements

Flower arranging has never been simpler or more enticing. The women behind Studio Choo, the hottest floral design studio in the country, have created a flower-arranging bible for today's aesthetic. Filled with an array of stunning, easy-to-find flowers, it features 400 photos, more than 40 step-by-step instructions, and useful tips throughout.

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai

Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

By GFM writer Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season.

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture

Best practices for the eight most profitable crops

Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Why? Because they know and employ best practices for the most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and microgreens. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook levels the playing field by revealing these practices so that all growers—large and small—can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether growing in a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for how to best manage crops that goes beyond a list of simple do’s and don’ts.

Compact Farms

15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less; Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency

Small is beautiful, and these 15 real farm plans show that small-scale farmers can have big-time success.

The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

The secret of Jean-Martin Fortier's success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods he has developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger.

Homemade for Sale

How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

by Lisa Kivirist & John Ivanko

The Farmers Market Cookbook

The greatest value of this cookbook might be in putting it on your farmers market or CSA stand. The rich array of unusual varieties can be confusing and overwhelming to some customers. From detailed produce descriptions to storage tips, preparation techniques, and over 200 flavorful recipes, The Farmers Market Cookbook has the answer to every shopper's question, "What do I do with this?"

Miraculous Abundance

Miraculous Abundance is the eloquent tale of a couple’s evolution from creating a farm to sustain their family to delving into an experiment in how to grow the most food possible, in the most ecological way possible, and create a farm model that can carry us into a post-carbon future—when oil is no longer moving goods and services, energy is scarcer, and localization is a must.

The Flower Farmer's Year: How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit

Whether you want to take up flower production for gate sales or make a livelihood from cut flowers, Georgie Newbery will take you through everything from planning your garden to budgeting and marketing. With plenty of stories about mistakes she’s made along the way, this book is a practical manual that teaches how to get involved in local, sustainable flower production.

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

There are 40 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution

High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers

Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your farm.

Dirt to Soil

One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

Learn the methods one of the pioneers of regenerative agriculture developed to bring his farm back from the brink of financial and ecological ruin. 

Start Your Farm

The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer

From GFM writer Ellen Polishuk comes a modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamers—covering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farm.

Greenhouse/Hoophouse Bundle- 3 Books

There's so much interest in protected growing right now, we decided to bundle our three most popular titles and sell them for the price of two. In this bundle get a copy of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook, The Year-Round Hoophouse and The Hoophouse Handbook. GFM subscribers can still get their 20% discount off this already low price.

The Year-Round Hoophouse

The Year-Round Hoophouse is a comprehensive guide to designing and building a hoophouse and making a success of growing abundant, delicious fresh produce all year, whatever your climate and land size.

The Lean Farm: Guide to Growing Vegetables

More In-Depth Lean Techniques for Efficient Organic Production

In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work.

The Flower Workshop

Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for 50 stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips readers with the skills to customize arrangements at home.

Go to Sleep, Little Farm

This is a great bedtime book that visits all the animals getting ready for sleep on the farm, ending with your little one. Engaging illustrations are nostalgic and modern at the same time. A great way to get everyone on the farm ready for sleep.

Oodles of Tomatoes and One Packed Van

From the arrival of the first seed catalog to autumn frost, see how the garden grows! Spend time with the farmer and his wife in this down-to-earth, in-the-dirt story of planning, planting, and harvesting vegetables to sell at market. Enjoy engaging activities and colorful artwork in this fun learning children’s book of market gardening.

Cultivating Customers: A Farmer's Guide to Online Marketing

Want a social media presence to help market your farm and find customers but don't want to spend a lot of time on it? Then this book is for you. Small Farm Central founder Simon Huntley shows how farms can identify and reach their target market and put a marketing system in place that will support them throughout the busy growing season.

The 50-Mile Bouquet

Beautiful photography, interesting interviews, and innovative floral design make this book a pleasurable read for flower growers and flower lovers.

E-Book: The Hoophouse Handbook

The Hoophouse Handbook: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded -- Growing Produce and Flowers in Hoophouses and High Tunnels -- by Growing for Market.
Download it as a PDF.

Sustainable Market Farming

Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres. If you have enjoyed Pam Dawling's articles in Growing for Market over the years, then Sustainable Market Farming is a must-have.

Attracting Native Pollinators

Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies

If you order before December 31, 2013, we will donate all the profits from the sale of this book to The Xerces Society.

Market Farming Success

NEW! The revised and expanded, full-color edition of Market Farming Success offers an insider’s guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants. Condensing decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, Lynn Byczynski—founder of Growing for Market—identifies key areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles.

Hoophouse Handbook: Revised and Expanded

On Sale now!

The Hoophouse Handbook: Second Edition Revised and Expanded! Growing Produce and Flowers in Hoophouses and High Tunnels -- by Growing for Market. Hoophouses are the greatest thing in market farming since the tractor!

Storey’s Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables & Herbs for Market

Storey Publishing's compehensive guide to growing organic vegetables and herbs

The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits

Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world. Using examples from his own family’s one-acre community-supported farm in Indiana, Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. While the intended audience for this book is small-scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement, Hartman’s prescriptions for high-value, low-cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes.

Small Farm Equipment

If you’re new to farm work, Small Farm Equipment offers a valuable introduction to equipment and safety. If you’re already experienced in farm work, the book offers plenty of tips often overlooked—as well as reminders of how to stay healthy and safe during challenging tasks. For farm owners and managers, consider using Small Farm Equipment as a basis for on-farm training.

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers

This book is a must read for vegetable growers of all scales – organic or not. It’s not easy to make a living growing and selling vegetables.

Local Color: Growing Specialty Cut Flowers

Frank and Pamela Arnosky, owners of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers, are experienced, successful cut flower growers with 40 acres of field production and 50,000 square feet of greenhouses and hoophouses. They wrote regularly in Growing for Market from 1995 to 2009, and this book is a collection of their most recent articles, from 2001 to 2009.


E-Book: Local Color - Growing Specialty Cut Flowers

The Arnoskys' popular cut flower articles in Growing for Market are compiled into this 124-page collection, which is a downloadable 1.2 MB PDF. Includes articles published from 2001 through 2009.

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall

A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff — and Making a Profit

The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski

An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, Second Edition.

E-Book: Farm Fresh Recipes

Farm-Fresh Recipes in a PDF download. You can copy recipes and place in your own newsletters or on your website. 620 KB.

The BackYard Berry Book

A great resource for small-scale, commercial or home berry growers.


The BackYard Orchardist

The best resource for beginning tree fruit growers.

The New Organic Grower

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener. Everyone reads this book when starting out in market gardening!

Four Season Harvest

An introduction to season extension for the home and market gardener.

Winter Harvest Handbook

The market farming master is back with another groundbreaking book! Coleman's work for the past decade has focused on extending the season with unheated hoophouses. In this book, he shares everything he has learned.

Garden Insects of North America

The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs!

The Grape Grower

A Guide to Organic Viticulture.


Growing Great Garlic

The first garlic book written for organic gardeners and small-scale farmers.

Sharing the Harvest

A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.


Specialty Cut Flowers by Allan Armitage and Judy Laushman

THE reference book for cut flower growers! You will open it virtually every day in spring, and nearly as often in winter when planning for your next season.


Small Scale Grain Raising

The classic text on raising grain. Revised and expanded for home gardeners and small scale farmers