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Dauphin, PA

January 10, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #7448909

This is a January question if ever there was one, because the rest of the year I'm probably too busy to think of it.

I get Growing for Market. I used to get Organic Gardening. I can't stop Countryside from showing up even though I haven't subscribed for years. Used to get Mother Earth. I get assorted iris growing magazines as that is half the business end of things here, but now I'm asking now about the other half, the market garden and CSA.

Growing for Market is a very, very good fit for me.

The others are good fits for someone, but not necessarily for me at this point. I do not want to subscribe to anything that's mostly introductory-level articles. Not knocking them or anything. It's just that I'm so old by now I've read fifty articles with a title that's some variant of "So You Want to Grow Cauliflower?"

I'm wondering what resources are out there that I don't know about. I only stumbled on to Growing for Market accidentally, and wonder if I'm missing something else.

I want articles on applying for grants, sorting out legal issues in farming, options for continuing education for farmers, in-depth studies of different varieties by region, research about bug and disease control, marketing, maintaining the farmer's health, things like that. Doesn't need to be all business and science - I like 'garden porn' pictures as much as the next person. Wouldn't mind profiles of farmers, researchers, etc. Just want a little more depth than OG is giving these days.

I do not want magazines that consist almost entirely of letters from readers who are convinced they've solved a particular bug problem with a home remedy based entirely on anecdotal evidence with no controls. (Countryside, you know who you are.) At the same time, I'm not a scientist and I would have trouble wading through publications aimed at professionals in that field.

I don't mind if a magazine mentions political issues that are relevant to farming but I'm tired of both extremes as far as political philosophies go and don't want magazines leaning in either direction.

The local kids will be around soon selling subscriptions for their school fundraiser. So...what should I look for?


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