Renee’s Readings

Suggested Course Readings for STOCKSCH 265 (helpful for your presentations as well). Keep in mind that these links change frequently so might not be working. They are simply suggestions and I encourage you to research on your own as well:

Overview of Sustainable Agriculture

What is Sustainable Agriculture? Please download this SARE document (scroll to Download file)

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/SARE-Program-Materials/National-Program-Materials/What-is-Sustainable-Agriculture

Agroecology in Action (1996). http://www.agroeco.org/doc/new_docs/Agroeco_principles.pd

Butterfield, Jody, Bingham S, Savoy A. “Holistic Management Handbook: Healthy Land, Healthy Profits.” 117-162. Washington DC, Island Press, 2006.

Please log-in with your ID and you will have full access:

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/umassa/docDetail.action?docID=10194069

Holmgren, David. Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Holmgren

Design Services, 2002.  http://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/ (read all principles by following each link around the circle)

Fukuoka, Masanobu. “Four Principles of Natural Farming” in One Straw Revolution. 33-40. New York: New York Review of Books, 1978. http://www.appropedia.org/images/d/d3/Onestraw.pdf

Soil ecology: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/curriculum/modII/secc/TCB_SoilQual_distrib.ppt

Soil Organic Matter (SOM):http://nevegetable.org/cultural-practices/building-soil-organic-matter

Building Soils for Better Crops (Scroll to Download File—310 pages)

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Building-Soils-for-Better-Crops-3rd-Edition

(soil management, making compost, soil testing, organic matter, cover crops and crop rotation)

Compost: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/curriculum/index.htm

http://nevegetable.org/cultural-practices/compost-and-manure-use-and-nutrient-management

Organic Vegetable Production Basics 

Vegetable Families: http://www.greatstems.com/images/veggiefamilies.html

Plant Nutrient Functions and Deficiency Symptoms:

http://landresources.montana.edu/nm/documents/NM9.pdf

http://www.mgofmc.org/docs/nutrientdeficiency.pdf

http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/az1106.pdf

Crop rotation: http://nevegetable.org/cultural-practices/crop-rotation

Cover Crops: http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/covercrops.html

http://tilth.org/resource_topic/cover-crops/

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Project-Products/Southern-SARE-Project-Products/Cover-Crops-for-All-Seasons

Companion planting https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/download.php?id=72

Intercropping http://www.slideshare.net/Fawn85w/intercropping-principles-and-production-practices-attra (this slide share is easiest to read if you can zoom-in especially if you have a mouse with a scroll feature)

No-till and reduced tillage: http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Project-Products/Northeast-SARE-Project-Products/Cover-Crops-and-No-Till-Management-for-Organic-Systems

The Rodale Institute has led the way in the no-till revolution. http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/depts/NFfield_trials/

Great slide show: http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/depts/NFfield_trials/1103/slideshow/notillroller1.shtml

http://rodaleinstitute.org/our-work/organic-no-till/

Cover Crop Innovations (SARE webinars)

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Multimedia/Northeast-SARE-Multimedia/2013-Cover-Crop-Innovations-Webinar-Series

High Tunnel Winter Cropping Systems

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Multimedia/Northeast-SARE-Multimedia/High-Tunnel-Winter-Cropping-Systems

Weed Control

Organic Weed Management: (great overview of relevant methods/terms) https://weedecology.css.cornell.edu/manage/

Excellent, albeit long, overview of the Ecological Overview of Weeds (just read the headings that grab your attention):http://www.extension.org/pages/18529/an-ecological-understanding-of-weeds#.UjiAyn9X9QA

Weed Ecology: (briefly skim these terms) https://weedecology.css.cornell.edu/ecology/

Weed Control Methods:http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/7250.pdf

Common Weeds of the Northeastern USA: http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/weedlist.html

Iowa State Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture compared weed populations in conventional and organic grain crops with very interesting results (pg 5-6 in particular)

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/publications/pm1883.pdf

Weed management: www.extension.org/pages/21452/weed-management-in-organic-vegetable-production-systems-topics

Video Clips on Organic Weed Management:

http://www.extension.org/pages/59494/organic-vegetable-production-systems-video-clips-on-organic-weed-management#.Ujh__X9X9QB

Beyond Black Plastic: Cover crops and organic no-till for vegetable production.

Page 12 highlights the results for weed control:

http://rodaleinstitute.org/assets/SARE_BeyondBlackPlastic_20140401.pdf

Cultivation Equipment for Weed Control: Pros, Cons and Sources

http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/cultivators.html

Top Tips for Mechanical Cultivation

http://rodaleinstitute.org/top-tips-for-mechanical-cultivation/

Rodale Part 1: The basics of effective tillage techniques. Knowing just when to use just the right tool for just the right weed is critical to early season weed control: http://www.newfarm.org/features/2005/0105/earlyweeds/index1.shtml

Rodale Part 2: Blind cultivation.

Get weeds before they become established and the battle is nearly won: http://www.newfarm.org/features/2005/0205/earlyweeds/index2.shtml

Rodale Part 3: In-row cultivation. It’s as much about the technique—and being able to adapt to fickle weather—as it is about the tools: http://www.newfarm.org/features/2005/0305/earlyweeds/index3.shtml

Pest & Disease Control

Plant Pathology Introduction PowerPoint (Excellent overview from Iowa State University)

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/curriculum/05-introduction-plant-pathology

Integrated Pest Management (IPM): http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/curriculum/01-introduction-integrated-pest-management-ipm

California’s Statewide IPM Program: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/crops-agriculture.html

IPM resource from Cornell University: http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/vegetables/pmep_prof_veg.asp

Insect Pest Management for Organic Crops (Covers the basics of cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls for pests) http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/7251.pdf

MOFGA’s Pest Reports – Compiled by Eric Sideman (I would recommend signing up for the regular emailed reports. Otherwise, on left side of screen you can read past reports…) http://www.mofga.org/Publications/PestReports/tabid/732/Default.aspx

I love this photo gallery (from Washington State University) of common vegetable problems. Have you seen any of these before? When you find a pest/disease of interest, please research organic or IPM solutions (using links provided or from your own research). http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/path_team/diseasegallery.htm

Interactive photo gallery of pests from University of Maine (click on the name for further information….) http://umaine.edu/home-and-garden-ipm/photo-gallery/vegetable-pests/

Extensive list of insects and diseases of vegetables: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/veg_fruit/

Tables beginning on Pages 13-16 outline vegetable management options for insects and Pages 17-18 show management options for diseases: www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ID/ID_316.pdf

Natural Enemies in Organic Farming Systems: http://www.extension.org/pages/18907/natural-enemies-in-organic-farming-systems

Various articles from Extension about Disease Management www.extension.org/pages/59471/organic-vegetable-production-systems-disease-management-in-organic-farming-systems

Assortment of resources pertaining to Insect Management: http://www.extension.org/pages/59455/insect-management-in-organic-farming-systems

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management  (2013 publication, 211 pages. Very extensive resource. Check out Table of Contents and read up on specific crops you might have questions about) http://web.pppmb.cals.cornell.edu/resourceguide/pdf/resource-guide-for-organic-insect-and-disease-management.pdf

Greenhouse production and season extension:

Introduction to Season Extension in Organic Vegetable Production Systems:

www.extension.org/pages/18366/introduction-to-season-extension-in-organic-vegetable-production-systems

Excellent overview of season extension topics from SARE. Please check out the Variety Trials, Fertility Management, Pest Management and Energy links:

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Season-Extension-Topic-Room

Season Extension in Organic Farming Systems:

www.extension.org/pages/59478/organic-vegetable-production-systems-season-extension-in-organic-farming-systems

Taming the floating row cover from Rodale Institute

“Few tools available to organic vegetable farmers are as useful as the floating row cover, and nothing is a better pest control tool…”

http://rodaleinstitute.org/taming-the-floating-row-cover/

Materials of a High Tunnel

http://www.extension.org/pages/18367/high-tunnel-materials

Video: overview of tunnel production from University of Kentucky (types of tunnels, common problems, disease management and how to construct a low-cost tunnel around 55min mark) http://www.extension.org/pages/26091/high-tunnel-production-and-low-cost-tunnel-construction-webinar

Introduction to Greenhouse Efficiency and Energy Conservation

http://www.extension.org/pages/28041/introduction-to-greenhouse-efficiency-and-energy-conservation#.VC35tVecl9E

USDA NRCS Greenhouse funding:

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=stelprdb1046250

Ledgewood Farm (www.ledgewoodfarm.com) in NH is an approved supplier of greenhouses for the USDA NRCS pilot high tunnel program. Their website provides a great overview

Pricing:

http://ledgewoodfarm.com/pricinginformation.html

Greenhouse Construction: http://ledgewoodfarm.com/images/Greenhouse_construction_without_animation.pdf

Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/sites/default/files/pubs-and-papers/2012-01-rainwater-catchment-high-tunnel-irrigation-use.pdf

10-minute video about rainwater catchment project:

http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/other-videos#horticulture

Planning for profit: How to analyze high tunnel finances

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/hightunnel/business/planning.htm

Energy-Efficient Greenhouse Breakthrough

“…a 1000 square foot research greenhouse in Boulder, Colorado that uses only sunlight for heat and illumination…Greenhouse went down to only 50ºF on a night that went to -18º F. A dozen varieties of vegetables were planted from seed on Thanksgiving Day, 2010. Sprouting was immediate, growth was vigorous, and many vegetables were harvested by early spring.”

http://www.aceee.org/files/proceedings/2012/data/papers/0193-000414.pdf

Growing Specific Crops Within High Tunnels

High Tunnel Tomato Trellising

http://hightunnels.cfans.umn.edu/files/2012/11/9-Trellis.pdf

High Tunnel Melon and Watermelon Production

http://extension.missouri.edu/p/M173

High Tunnel Pepper Production

http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/Horticulture_HighTunnels_2012-01pr.pdf

Growing Greens in High Tunnels

http://extension.psu.edu/plants/plasticulture/technologies/high-tunnels/high-tunnel-publications/growing-greens-in-high-tunnels

High Tunnel Specialty Potato Production

http://localfoodhub.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/highTunnelSpecialtyPotatoProduction.pdf

Growing Beets and Carrots Within High Tunnels

http://localfoodhub.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/growingBeetsCarrotsWestVirginia.pdf

Vegetable transplant production:

Check out Growing Media, Seeding and Transplanting, Plant Culture and Height Management, and Disease, Weed and Insect Management  http://nevegetable.org/vegetable-transplant-production

Growing Media for Greenhouse Production: (first two links under Unit 4 are good, but read as many as interest you!) http://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=424&section=4

Organic certification:

USDA National Organic Program (outlines regulation for certification): http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop

http://www.extension.org/pages/59453/certification-of-organic-farming-systems (incredible list of articles in relation to certification for various farming systems; dairy, vegetables, livetock, etc)

Specific links related to organic vegetable production: http://www.extension.org/pages/61650/organic-vegetable-production-systems-certification-of-organic-farming-systems

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey. Interesting data starts on Pg. 5:www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/Executive_Briefings/2012/10_04_2012.pdf

IRRIGATION METHODS, TYPES, SUPPLIES AND INSTALLMENT

Overview of flood, drip and spray irrigation methods http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/irmethods.html

Details for center-pivot spray irrigation system http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/irsprayhigh.html

General Irrigation Guidelines, Trickle or Drip Irrigation and Running the System

http://nevegetable.org/cultural-practices/irrigation

Understanding Irrigation Management Factors (Type of Soil, Water-Holding Capacity, Evapotranspiration, Rooting Depth, Irrigation, Tools to Evaluate Soil Moisture)

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/263.pdf

Overview of Furrow Irrigation

http://www.fao.org/docrep/s8684e/s8684e04.htm

Designing a Basic PVC Home Garden Drip Irrigation System

http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/Horticulture_Home_2008-02pr.pdf

Drip-irrigation systems for small conventional and organic vegetable farms (Excellent overview of the disadvantages of drip irrigation starting on Page 2)

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HS/HS38800.pdf

Maintaining Drip Irrigation for Vegetables www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/mf2178.pdf

Fertigation in Organic Vegetable Production Systems

http://www.extension.org/pages/29712/fertigation-in-organic-vegetable-production-systems#.UnAfkVNX9QB

How to Reduce Clogging Problems in Fertigation

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HS/HS120200.pdf

Examples of drip irrigation supplies and their associated costs from Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH

http://www.brookdalefarms.com/Irrigation/2013-BIC.pdf

IRRIGATION RELATED RESEARCH

USDA Irrigation & Drainage: National Research Plan to Meet Competing Demands and Protect the Environment

Facts about irrigation in the USA (pg 3), Precision Irrigation (pg 8), review water conservation, importance of good drainage, energy conservation, salinity in soil http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/irrigationdrainage/IrrigDrainBro.pdf

An Economic Comparison of Subsurface Drip and Center Pivot Sprinkler Irrigation Systems (Table 1 &2 interesting initial investment costs and Table 5)

http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/sdi/Reports/1998/EconSDICP.pdf

Agronomic and economic evaluation of various furrow irrigation strategies for corn production under limited water supply (Skim article for methods and conclusions if it’s too scientific)

http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/smse/tillage/pdfs/NelsonAlKaisi.pdf

Evaluation of a Drip vs. Furrow Irrigated Cotton Production System

http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/crops/az1224/az12245b.pdf

Using rainwater for irrigation in a high tunnel (Iowa State University Extension video and also select the “Associated Fact Sheet” link for detailed PDF)

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Multimedia/North-Central-SARE-Multimedia/Rainwater-Catchment-from-a-High-Tunnel-for-Irrigation-Use

SARE Irrigation Energy Webinar Series

These three videos are more in-depth than is necessary for this course. However, parts of the Irrigation Scheduling presentation would be relevant and informative. It primarily discusses how to reduce energy use through implementing irrigation scheduling tools and evaluating water application efficiency. http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Multimedia/North-Central-SARE-Multimedia/Irrigation-Energy-Webinar-Series

Harvest & Post-Harvest

Quality in relation to marketability of vegetables (important to keep in mind)

http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-598.pdf

Influence of Pre-harvest Factors on Post-harvest Quality

http://www.extension.org/pages/18363/influence-of-preharvest-factors-on-postharvest-quality#.UngjNCdX9QA

Post-harvest Handling For Organic Crops

http://ucanr.org/freepubs/docs/7254.pdf

Respiration and Ethylene and their Relationship to Post-harvest Handling

http://www.extension.org/pages/18354/respiration-and-ethylene-and-their-relationship-to-postharvest-handling#.UngjgCdX9QA

Approved Chemicals for Use in Organic Post-harvest Systems

http://www.extension.org/pages/18355/approved-chemicals-for-use-in-organic-postharvest-systems#.UngiySdX9QB

Pre-cooling and Storage Facilities

http://www.ba.ars.usda.gov/hb66/011precooling.pdf

Respiratory Metabolism (more complex than you need to know, but skim the Factors Affecting Respiration and the Significance)

http://www.ba.ars.usda.gov/hb66/019respiration.pdf

Specialty Crops for Cold Climates (please select PDF link to download)

https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=369

Marketing Vegetables

USDA Economic Research Service Organic Sales and Market Overview

http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/natural-resources-environment/organic-agriculture/organic-market-overview.aspx#.UngUaSdX9QB

Conducting Market Research Using Primary Data

http://cals.arizona.edu/arec/wemc/nichemarkets/07conductingmarketresearch.pdf

Organic Price Report (online tool to assist farmers with pricing-choose a market and category and compare different state’s prices)

http://rodaleinstitute.org/farm/organic-price-report/

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) Price Report (scroll down to find several months from 2013):

http://www.mofga.org/Publications/OrganicPriceReports/tabid/260/Default.aspx

Plan for Marketing Your Organic Products (Slideshow)

http://create.extension.org/sites/default/files/Plan%20for%20Marketing%20Your%20Organic%20Products.pdf

OR Video of same presentation (50mins)

http://www.extension.org/pages/60942/plan-for-marketing-your-organic-products-webinar#.UngWBydX9QB

Find Buyers, Sell Online, Source and Buy Product (business called Local Dirt—www.localdirt.com)

http://www.extension.org/pages/33119/local-dirt:-beyond-marketing-find-buyers-sell-online-source-and-buy-productyourself-webinar#.UngWTSdX9QA

Marketing in Organic Production

www.extension.org/pages/59475/organic-vegetable-production-systems-marketing-and-food-systems-in-organic-production

Direct Marketing with Value-Added Products (lengthy so please just choose which topics from Table of Contents interest you)

http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/sfs/dm/cs/e-com2

Overview of Options for Marketing Produce (CSA, farmers markets, wholesale, restaurants, internet sales, etc).

Please watch all eight videos (each approx. 6mins long)

http://www.extension.org/pages/18440/video:-farmers-and-their-diversified-horticultural-marketing-strategies

The Farm to School Network http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Farm-To-Cafeteria Connections

This handbook is a resource for farmers, food service professionals and community members in developing Farm-to-Cafeteria programs in Washington (great examples!)

http://agr.wa.gov/Marketing/SmallFarm/docs/102-FarmToCafeteriaConnections-Web.pdf

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