In this book, eco-agriculture is explained — from the tiniest molecular building blocks to managing the soil — in terminology that not only makes the subject easy to learn, but vibrantly alive. Eco-Farm truly delivers a complete education in soils, crops, and weed and insect control. This should be the first book read by everyone beginning in eco-agriculture . . . and the most shop-worn book on the shelf of the most experienced.
Copyright 1979, 2009, softcover, 462 pages. 16 in a case.
Eco-Farm Table of Contents, abbreviated
2- The Forgiveness of Nature
3- The Light Factor
4- Temperature Connection
5- Water Requirement
6- The Cell
7- The Lives of Plants
13- Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio
14- Calcium and Magnesium
15- Sodium and the Trace Elements
25- Animal Health
... and much more!
About Charles Walters
Charles Walters was the founder and executive editor of Acres U.S.A. He penned thousands of articles on the technologies of organic and sustainable agriculture and authored many books on the subject. You can find a full list of books written by Charles Walters here.
Read an excerpt from Eco-Farm
In this excerpt from Chapter 8 of Eco-Farm on EcoFarming Daily, Charles Walters discusses the soil-life connection and looks back at the history of agriculture.
This is by far the Bible of Eco-Ag, and absolutely the first book anyone should buy when learning this subject. I refer to it over and over. I built a consulting business primarily off of it. Can't recommend it enough.
Purchased this book in the early 1980’s and in my transition to understanding Organic Farming it truly stood out as the most referenced book on my book shelf from the wear on it’s cover in those first decades. Later in working with other growers it was also the book most recommended. Some on animal health, some on soils, weeds as indicators and more. As a farmer I knew some about weeds but after reading the “Eco Farm”, aka “An Acres U.S.A. Primer”, my respect for weeds and what they tell us about the soil totally changed. And the quote from page 394 that “All relate to each other and everything is connected to everything else”, is the concept that as a primer is still important in our Food and Agricultural System of today.
A timeless classic that will never be outdated or unneeded! Charles Walters beautifully illustrates the balance between soil health, animal health, and human health in a scientific but understandable format. A must have for every farmer.
Half way through book. Very educational and enlightening. Nice to have a reference for the ppm's on the soil reports. I hope there is a summary of reference ppm for all required nutrients. Great reference book.
Book is very informative and eye opening.