Bgr 1701 organic+grain+grower
1 Book Available
The Organic Grain Gro... BGR-1701

Book


Book
Jack Lazor, 2013, 431 pp. "I believe I can safely say, without losing any money, that if you know of one fact truly necessary to growing grains organically in the United States that is not in this book, I'll pay you five bucks out of my own pocket. Plus there's a whole bunch of stuff about how to process and use grains in the barn or on the table that I have not found all in one place before." - Gene Logsdon, author of Small-Scale Grain Growing Longtime farming pioneer Jack Lazor has progressed from a back-to-the-land idealist to the co-manager, with his wife, of a profitable dairy and grain business, Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vermont. In The Organic Grain Grower, he shares his considerable experience and expertise with new generations of holistic home and market grain producersā€¦. To Lazor, organic methods are second nature. He advises dealing with grain diseases or potential outbreaks by purchasing clean seeds, testing soil rigorously to be sure the right conditions pertain, and treating weeds with concoctions like molasses, seaweed, and liquid calcium. Lazor retains an intelligent, optimistic view of grain growing. He never lets us forget that farming is hard work and declares, "The successes have been ever so sweet." - Foreward Reviews Although written with a focus on growing grains in New England, Jack Lazor's new book is the best resource we've seen for small-scale grain growers everywhere. The book covers necessary equipment and cultivation techniques for many types of crops: corn, wheat, barley, oats, rye, spelt and triticale, buckwheat, soy, dry beans, and oilseeds. Lazor describes himself as "a grain-processing nut," and his passion comes alive in this fine guidebook's depth of detail. - Mother Earth News The book covers so many pages not only because Lazor wants to share everything, it's also due to the way he uses cascades of fact and story to build context. He conveys raw information, discusses alternatives and weaves in and out of his own history, so when he says something ought to be done one way and no other, the edict lands with persuasive force. - Acres USA Lazor begins with the basics of soil health and proper tillage, seed selection and planting, weed management, harvest, storage, and processing. Later chapters focus on cereal grains (wheat, barley, and oats), row crops (corn and beans) and oilseeds (sunflowers, flax and canola), and expands on these general concepts to include specific plant characteristics and requirements. Winter cereals (rye, spelt, and triticale) and 'minor grains' such as buckwheat are also included. Within each of these topics readers will find extensive and thorough descriptions of machinery, techniques and practices that Lazor has tried and recommends implementing, or has tried and recommends avoiding. His enthusiasm for his art (farming) and his medium (grains) is tempered with frankness about the challenges he's met along the way including infrastructure for processing grains on the farm or locally, working with modern and antique machinery, and climate changeā€¦. Lazor's easygoing style makes readers feel they are sitting across from him at the kitchen table, yet there is much to absorb. Tales of his own trials and errors surround technical information and descriptions. While it seems difficult at times to believe that Lazor managed to own and operate all of these machines and experiment with growing all of these plants, these are not romantic rambles. Nearly every story ends with "The lesson to be learned from this is...", and here readers need to prick up their ears. Like any classic, one reading won't be enough. - Permaculture Magazine For those interested in local grains, Lazor's book will be an inspiring read; for those venturing to grow grains, it will be a valued and well-worn textbook. -- Ellen Mallory, Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener For a couple of years, I have been idly encouraging my family members who work and manage a farm in Vermont to try growing some grain and move into a more biodynamic direction in managing their fields. Finding information on the practicalities of doing so however was difficult--no longer. This tour de force work covers just about everything you need to know in order to move into grain production--it also covers in detail, the history of grain growing in New England and the natural history of the species that have provided the bulk of nutrition to humans since we settled down to grow crops around 11,000 years ago. - Kirk Bartholomew, Middletown, CT

Customer Reviews

Add your Review