The Permaculture Market Garden: A Visual Guide to a Profitable Whole-Systems Farm Business
A Visual Guide to a Profitable Whole-systems Farm Business
The only fully illustrated guide to profitable, vibrant and sustainable permaculture-based market gardening
Business planning has never before been this colorful, soulful, or needed for the times.
- PETER BANE, author, The Permaculture Handbook
... before putting spade to earth, before pounding corner stakes in to mark footers, and before calling in the well-drilling rig, take this book and work through it with your property.
- JOEL SALATIN, Polyface Farm , from the Foreword
PERMACULTURE tends to be very much in the domain of home gardeners and property owners. But what if we could take it all a step further, and merge the fields of permaculture and market gardening? What if we can build a new agriculture with every farm as a profitable and endurable ecosystem?
In The Permaculture Market Garden , author Zach Loeks brings together his passion for sustainable permaculture food production systems and beautiful, vibrant illustrations, to provide a highly visual guide to the smooth integration of permaculture into the market garden, in ways that are scalable to specific situations. Profiling crops and ecosystem-based techniques, Loeks demonstrates a profitable, sustainable and approachable model for the future of market gardening.
Along the way, Loeks introduces his own system of permabeds, leading into a close examination of integrated, rotational and site-appropriate production, along with in-depth discussions on soil health, and more. He brings us activities, designs and the prospects of farming to life through dynamic illustrations, so the reader can be immersed in the world of permaculture farming.
Playful, informative and curious, inspiring and beautiful, and packed with accessible practical information, The Permaculture Market Garden will inspire the seasoned market gardener as well as anyone aspiring to start a farm business.
If you're serious about generating a livelihood in partnership with the land, this book is your compass.
- JASON GERHARDT, permaculture designer, Real Earth Design
ZACH LOEKS is a market gardener, farm consultant and educator living in the Ottawa Valley. Winner of two regional awards for sustainability and innovation in agriculture, he shares his expertise in farming, design and business through a successful series of on-farm workshops, conferences, as well as managing a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) network, on-farm festivals, and a mail-order heirloom seed garlic business.
Zach Loeks is a market gardener, farm consultant and educator living in the Ottawa Valley. Winner of two regional awards for sustainability and innovation in agriculture, he shares his expertise in farming, design and business through a successful series of on-farm workshops, conferences and schools, as well as a successful year-round CSA.