The Encyclopedia of Alternative Agriculture HMR 1991 EBOOK

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The Encyclopedia of Alternative Agriculture HMR 1991 EBOOK


This Book Contains The Following Subjects.

The Farm: Some Important Considerations for the Beginning Herb Farmer           19

OVERVIEWS:       19

GETTING STARTED:           20

Beekeeping: An Alternative Crop for the New Herb & Spice Farmer.   22

THOSE FIRST BEES:           23

BEE MANAGEMENT:         23



PRODUCTS OF THE HIVE:                24

MARKETING:       25


The Potential of Herbs as a Cash Crop   25

Native Plants of Commercial Importance                26

Factors in Selecting Crops for Cut Flowers            29

Key to the Selection Guide Chart:           29

The following chart (pages 3 to 6) presents some of the more important factors useful in determining your choice of cut flower crops.               29

Selection Guide to Annual, Biennial, and First-Year-Bloom Perennial Cut Flowers from Seed for Field Growing in the Midwest      30

Seed Sources:          38

The Cultivation and Harvest of Paprikas 42

Introduction to Chillies: Capsicum spp.  42

Paprika    43

Grades:    44

American Paprika Cultivation:                45

Diseases & Pests:    46

The Farm: Extending Growing Seasons with Plastics            47

Recommendations:  48

News Release: ‘Bio-Herbicide’ Snuffs Out Competition        48

The Seven Steps to Power Marketing In a Niche Market.      51

STEP ONE:            51

STEP TWO:            52

STEP THREE:        53

STEP FOUR:          54

STEP FIVE:            54

STEP SIX:              55

STEP SEVEN:        55

Integrated Forest Management                55

Riparian Areas:       57

Reserved Areas:      57

Land available for timber management and related products:  57

News Release: Garlic Pills as the next US Drug Fad              58

An Introduction to Botanical Insecticides and Insecticidal Soaps            61

SUMMARY           64

TERMS TO UNDERSTAND                64

The Farm: The Toxicity of Insecticides   65

The Botanical Insecticides:      71

Pyrethrum and Pyrethrins       71

Rotenone 72

Sabadilla  73

Ryania     74

Nicotine   74

Citrus Oil Extracts; Limonene and Linalool            75

Other Essential Plant Oils; “Herbal” Repellents and Insecticides            76

Neem       76

Insecticidal Soaps    77

Cubing Straw into Fuel Logs  81

The Pros And Cons Of This Project       81

Economic Impact     81

Marketing                82

The Process Of Producing Straw-Logos                83

How You Can Become a Strawlogg Producer        83

Qube Corporation Update       84

Bamboo – Nature’s Nearly Perfect Plant 86

Description:             86

Uses:       86

Important Development:          86

News Release:         87

A Solvent Extraction Recovery Plant      90

Applications:           90

Equipment:              91

Laboratory Applications:         92

Mechanism of Extraction:       92

Bibliography:          100

Book Review:         100

September 1991      101

Biological Pest Control           102

The Farm: Why Farmers Are Switching 105

The Market: Projected Export Surge to Mexican Market        106

Market Overview:   106

Commodity Profile: 106

Trade Liberalization:                106

Drying Peonies for Winter Bouquets      107

YOU WILL NEED:                107

STEP 1. Placing & Wiring Peony Flowers In Pan: 107


Step 3. Storing Peonies Until Fall:          108

Step 4. Storing Peonies Until Fall:          108

Step 5A. Gluing & Adding Stems When Ready To Use:       109

STEP 5B.                109

The Forage and Uses of Marsh Mallow Root         113

Latin:       113

Synonyms:              113

Life Zone:                113

Description:             113

Chemistry:               113

Propagation:            113

Uses:       114

The Market: Industry Trends in Flavorings and Extracts        114

Buckwheat; A Specialty Crop for Sustainable Agriculture.    115

History and Use:     115

Weather:  116

Fertilizer: 116

Varieties: 116

Planting:  117

The Market: U.S. Spice Demand Increases; Domestic Production on the Rise       119

The Farm: Appropriate Agriculture         120

Agricultural Profile: The Netherlands     123

Production Highlights:            123

Farm and Food Policy:            123

Import and Export:  124

Trade Policy and Prospects:    125

Irrigation for Cut Flower Production      125

Production Layout:  126

Plant-Soil-Water Relationships:              126

Trickle System Design:           127

Overhead Sprinkler System Design:       129

Water Management and Irrigation Scheduling:       129

Fertilization:            131

Summary:                131

The Market: Indexes to The Literature    131

Culinary Herb Use in Southern California Restaurants           135

Sampling Methods: 135

Changes in Fresh Herb Use:   135

Reason for Usage:   136

Sources of Fresh Herbs:         136

Most Commonly Used Herbs:                136

Amount Used:         137

Limitations on Use: 138

Conclusions:           138

The Farm: Spotting Cover-Ups When Buying Used Equipment            139

Purslane Herb: It’s Future as A Dietary Supplement              140

Use:         141

Climatic requirements:             141

Propagation and care:              141

Review of Potential Markets:  141

The Market: Target Market Description  142

Demographics:        142

Lifestyle Patterns:    142

Expectations:           142

Target Market Description      143

DEMOGRAPHICS                143



What sources of information did you use in completing this worksheet?                144



The author, Richard Alan Miller, is a world renowned agricultural consultant and researcher on the forefront and ‘cutting edge’ of the sciences related to botanicals and their practical cultivation, use and marketing.

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The Encyclopedia of Alternative Agriculture: For the Urban and Semi-Rural Communities is an anthology of approximately 120 newsletters over a 10 year period called, The Herb Market Report. Each issue features 2 herbs, one on small farm alternatives and the other on a forage crop. Each also includes a farm/forage plan, harvest and drying techniques, processing and storage requirements, and marketing options. A cottage industry section is featured as well. The articles are in depth, concerning all aspects of herb production, processing and marketing for active and potential herb farmers. They teach the basics for how to “small farm” field crops correctly, and be successful.

ISBN: 978-0-9976199-4-2
Author: Dr. Richard Alan Miller

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