This is book four of my personal Top 10 Farm Books Of The Decade.
I’m presenting my Top 10 in order of publication.
Next up ,,,
The Organic Seed Grower
A Farmerís Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
by John Navazio
When I was a new farmer in the early 2000s, there were some great books about how to be a vegetable farmer. But when it came to learning how to be a seed farmer, there was a dearth of comparable resources.
Yes, there were some fantastic seed saving books. But a lot of their information applied more to a gardener scale. They did not answer so many of the questions I had as I was trying to scale up seed production.
We did not have an authoritative Seed Farmer’s handbook that could be the backbone for a new commercial seed grower.
For a number of years there was a rumour that John Navazio was writing a seed manual. (Does it count as a rumour if John was one of the main people spreading it?)
The thought that John Navazio, (at the point, a plant breeder with the Organic Seed Alliance; currently, a plant breeder at Johnny’s Selected Seeds) was writing a seed saving book was incredibly exciting.
But this book kept not being released.
Then Chelsea Green announced a publication date.
I immediately placed my pre-order.
The Organic Seed Grower was worth the wait.
The Organic Seed Grower is that authoritative Seed Farmer’s handbook we needed.