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Reviews for specific items that have greatly helped with planning the farm:
The Amazon Prime program is highly recommended. I shop within my local community whenever possible, but sometimes there is a need to order something quickly and have it arrive with 24-48 hours.... with free shipping! The Prime memebership is well worth the cost. It's also nice for sending gifts across the country to people you care about.
Book - "The Market Gardener" by J.M. Fortier. I have attendend an in-person presentation by the author. This book details how to plan and operate a highly profitable market garden, which Mr. Fortier does, with the help of 3 other people, on only 1.5 acres! It is very detailed yet simple to understand.
Book - "The Lean Farm" by Ben Hartman. After implementing various 'lean' principles (derived from gigantic manufacturing corporations), Clay Bottom Farm, in Goshen, Indiana, is highly efficient and highly profitable on only 1/3 of an acre!
Book - "The Urban Farmer" by Curtis Stone. I've attended and in-person presentation by this author regarding his farming operation. His farm, Green City Acres, is located in a city of about 100,000 people. This has many benefits that are capitalized on, such as proximity to markets (restarants, grocery stores, etc.) as well as constant marketing exposure because so many people simply walk by the farm on a daily basis. Mr. Stone operates a highly profitable farm on less than 1/2 acre and in this book he breaks down all his financial numbers for you to see exactly where the profits are coming from! This book is NOT just for 'urban farmers,' it is for all farmers.
Book - "The New Organic Grower" by Eliot Coleman. This is one of the foundational works on organic farming and market gardening - 1st published in the 1980s. The author makes it obvious to the reader why it's important to farm organically and explains how to aviod financial pitfalls to have a healthy farm and a healthy life.
Book - "Gaia's Garden" by Toby Hemenway. I have attended an in-person presentation by the author. This book focuses on the huge benefits of plants and plant arrangments for people and the surrounding ecology. It is not about intensive farming market gardens, but contains much useful and inspring knowledge.
Book - "Restoration Agriculture" by Mark Shepard. I have attended an in-person presentation by the author. This book is focused on a large-scale broad-acre farming system that swales, ponds, trees, animals, grasses, and annual crops. The author explains a way to transform mono-crop cornfields into a poly-cropped system that produces much more food that is much healthier for human bodies and the ecosystem. If you have access to a lot of land, this is the book you need to read.