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New Society Publishers Spring 2022

The Berry Grower
Small Scale Organic Fruit Production in the 21st Century
By (author): Blake Cothron
Blake Cothron


New Society Publishers - Gabriola Island



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound


General Trade
Jun 14, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$39.99 CAD


8.88in x 7.5 x 0.78 in | 1.12 lb

Page Count:

336 pages


a maximum of 50 color maps, charts, photographs and graphics, 8-page color section
100% recycled content
FSC certified – recycled C016245
New Society Publishers
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Horticulture
Botany and plant sciences|Small businesses and self-employment|Agriculture, agribusiness and food production industries|Organic farming

Dig into the fruits of your labor! Profitable, innovative organic fruit farming strategies and skills for modern growers of any scale.

The Berry Grower is an innovative guide for growing and marketing organic small fruits and berries that offers intelligent strategies and solutions for successful small-scale, non-chemical fruit production in the 21st century. Coverage includes:

  • History, innovations, and 21st-century challenges in modern fruit farming
  • Creating your own market farming reality
  • Farm planning for efficiency and profitability
  • Factoring in climate change, drought, and extreme weather
  • Soil fertility, efficient weed management, and organic pest control
  • Modern tools of the trade for efficiency · Harvesting, fruit handling, and packing
  • Fruit profiles including raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, figs, tomatoes, and more, including new cultivars
  • Innovative marketing methods and thinking beyond fresh fruit with multi-product strategies to maximize profit
  • Learn from other experts through interviews with successful growers and marketers from diverse areas around the USA.

From the market garden and small farm to the homestead and backyard, The Berry Grower is the essential guide for both new and aspiring organic small fruit growers and seasoned farmers looking to produce high-quality organic fruits and products for local markets and self-sufficiency.

  • Author is the co-owner and operator of Peaceful Heritage Nursery, a USDA Certified Organic research farm and orchard.
  • He has 20 years' experience in organic agriculture, botany, and horticulture.
  • He has over a decade working directly with small fruits and berries, and has worked in communities across the US.
  • He speaks widely on the topic and has instructional videos on YouTube.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnygpIzwUJk
  • Most books on berry growing were published in the 1970's, 2000's The Berry Grower is an in-depth guide with the latest techniques for growing berries for market
  • Readable with cutting-edge information
  • Includes 5 interviews with successful small fruit growers
  • Contains specific information for how to combat the effects of climate change
  • Up-to-date marketing information
  • Covers all major species of cold-hardy small fruit 14 species of common small fruit including blackberry, blueberry, kiwi, grapes, figs, and strawberries, as well as over 15 minor and exotic species
  • Modern, intelligent solutions to farming challenges such as organic pest control, how to source high-quality plants, how to find varieties, and how to create new cultivars
  • 8-page colour section with beautiful photos

Regional: Interviewed farmers from: Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Mississippi. Author has connections in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, CA.

International: Covers all cold-hardy fruit grown in temperate climates, some techniques are transferable to fruits grown in tropical locations.

Canada: Covers all the major and some minor cold-hardy berries grown in Canada

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Blake Cothron is an organic farmer, nurseryman, writer, musician, and speaker, with over 20 years' experience in organic agriculture, botany, horticulture, and growing food. He is the co-owner and co-operator of Peaceful Heritage Nursery, a 4-acre USDA Certified Organic research farm, orchard, and edible plant nursery. Author of Pawpaws: The Complete Growing and Marketing Guide, he has also written for Permaculture Design magazine and various online publications. Blake has an educational blog and YouTube channel devoted to fruit growing, and he is an educator with the Organic Association of Kentucky. He divides his time between farming, research, writing, beekeeping, gardening, travel, yoga, meditation, and being a husband and father in beautiful Kentucky.

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