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New book released on growing potatoes organically


March 2, 2009
By Canadian Organic Growers

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February 27, 2009, Ottawa, Ont. – Canadian Organic Growers (COG)
recently launched the second book in its Practical Skills series of
technical manuals for organic agriculture, “Growing Potatoes
Organically – From market garden to field crop.”

February 27, 2009, Ottawa, Ont. – Canadian Organic Growers (COG) recently launched the second book in its Practical Skills series of technical manuals for organic agriculture, “Growing Potatoes Organically – From market garden to field crop.”

Author Maureen Bostock, who is also an organic farmer, details how organic potato farmers have addressed most potato production issues and eliminated the factors in potato production that can contribute to chemical dependency. Topics include crop rotation, organic inputs and even cull pile sanitation, which can help raise organic potato production to within 85 per cent of conventional yields.

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Ten organic potato growers across Canada are profiled in the handbook. The research and on-farm experience described in Growing Potatoes Organically will help growers make the transition successfully, with an overview of organic potato production methods, organic strategies for dealing with pests and diseases, crop rotation, fertility, and seed potato production.

The book is available for $20. More information is available at www.cog.ca/practicalskillshandbooks.htm#Potatoes or by telephone at 1-888-375-7383.