Horticultural Crops

Our work on the subject of horticulture spans six principal topic areas:

These resources offer detailed information on production of specific horticultural crops, focusing on sustainable and organic production methods for traditional produce, and also introducing a range of alternative crops and enterprises. In these publications you can find information on strategies for more sustainable greenhouse and field production of everything from lettuce to trees.

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⇒ Videos

High Tunnel Grapes ~ Playlist
Organic Weed Removal Technique
Crop Planning for Vegetable Farmers
Composting! You Can Do It
Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?
Managing Risks on an Urban Farm
Heat Recovery Ventilation in Winter High Tunnels
Amazing Water Holding Result from Straw Mulch
Small Hoop House Construction Trick
Make More Money With Specialty Melons
Promoting High-Quality Conservation on Organic Farms
Building a Biochar Retort Kiln
Budding and Grafting Fruit Varieties for Organic Production
Tools for Small-Scale Crop Production
Sustainable Apple Production — A Beginner’s Guide
Hoop Houses For Extending Your Growing Season


⇒ Fruits

 

Apple Diseases Identification Sheet – IP484

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Apple Insect Pests Identification Sheet – IP483

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Apples: Organic Production Guide – IP020

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Apricot Diseases Identification Sheet – IP486

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Blueberries: Organic Production – IP021

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Brambles: Organic Production – IP022

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Cherries: Organic Production – IP463

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Cherry Diseases Identification Sheet – IP481

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Cherry Insect Pests Identification Sheet – IP482

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Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain Times – IP476

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Community Orchards – IP446

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Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks – IP513

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Grapes: Organic Production – IP031

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High Tunnel Tree Fruit and Grape Production for Eastern Growers – IP514

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Organic Orchard, Vineyard, and Berry Crop Documentation Forms – IP238

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Pawpaw – A “Tropical” Fruit for Temperate Climates – IP373

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Peach Diseases Identification Sheet – IP477

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Peach Insect Pests Identification Sheet – IP478

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Peaches: Organic and Low-Spray Production – IP047

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Pear Diseases Identification Sheet – IP479

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Pear Insect Pests Identification Sheet – IP480

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Pears: Organic Production – IP167

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Persimmons, Asian and American – IP375

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Plum and Apricot Insect Pests Identification Sheet – IP487

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Plum Diseases Identification Sheet – IP485

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Plums, Apricots, and Their Crosses: Organic and Low-Spray Production – IP386

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Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards – IP549

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Specialty Melon Production for Small and Direct-Market Growers – IP495

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Strawberries: Organic Production – IP046

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Tipsheet: Transitioning to Organic Management of Orchards – IP508

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Tree Fruits: Organic Production Overview – IP028

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⇒ Links to Other Fruit Production Information

 

Appalachian Fruit Research Station
Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center
FruitEdge
IPM for Fruit
Northeastern IPM Center: Fruit
Organic Fruit Growers Association
Practical Guide for Organic Apple Production
Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Virtual Orchard

⇒ Vegetables

 

An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm – IP382

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Cole Crops and Other Brassicas: Organic Production – IP175

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Edamame: Vegetable Soybean – IP286

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Garlic: Organic Production – IP320

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Guía Ilustrada para Producir Alimentos Seguros en su Gránja: Buenas Practicas – SP382

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Market Gardening: A Start-up Guide – IP195

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Organic Allium Production – IP138

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Organic Market Farm Documentation Forms – IP285

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Organic Pumpkin and Winter Squash Marketing and Production – IP371

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Organic Tomato Production – IP439

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Potatoes: Organic Production and Marketing – IP337

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Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production – IP188

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Scheduling Vegetable Plantings for Continuous Harvest – IP323

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Start a Farm in the City – IP350

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Sweet Corn: Organic Production – IP336

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Sweetpotato: Organic Production – CT128

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⇒ Links to Other Vegetable Production Information

 

Cover Crops for Sustainable Production
Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2018
Organic Vegetable Production in California Series
Principles and Practices of Organic Seed Production
Organic Seed Alliance
Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab at Iowa State University
Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
VegEdge – Vegetable IPM Resource for the Midwest
Vegetable Production Guides
Oregon State University
Weed Control for Commercial Vegetable Crops
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⇒ Herbs and Flowers

 

Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Other Native Roots – IP115

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Herb Production in Organic Systems – IP224

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Herbs: Organic Greenhouse Production – IP164

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Hops: Organic Production – CT115

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Lavender Production, Products, Markets, and Entertainment Farms – IP243

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Specialty Cut Flower Production and Marketing – IP025

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⇒ Links to Other Herb & Flower Production Information

 

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers
The Herb Society of America
Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

⇒ Greenhouse Production

 

Aquaponics — Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture – IP163

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Aphid Control – IP149

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Thrips Control – IP148

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Whitefly Control – IP168

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Herbs: Organic Greenhouse Production – IP164

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High Tunnel Tree Fruit and Grape Production for Eastern Growers – IP514

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High Tunnel Winter Growing Using Heat Recovery Ventilation – IP523

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High Tunnels in Urban Agriculture – IP524

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Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops – IP144

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Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production – IP078

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Plug and Transplant Production for Organic Systems – IP160

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Potting Mixes for Certified Organic Production – IP112

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Season Extension Techniques for Market Gardeners – IP035

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD – IP418
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Solar Greenhouses – IP142

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Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Design – IP416

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Sustainable Small-scale Nursery Production – IP104

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Vertical Farming – IP516

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⇒ Links to Other Greenhouse Production Information

 

Controlled Environment Agriculture
Cornell University
Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
University of Arizona
Greenhouse Growing
Hightunnels.org

⇒ Agroforestry

 

Agroforestry: An Overview – IP155

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Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks – IP513

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Maple Sugaring: An Introduction to Small-Scale Commercial Production – IP526

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Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards – IP549

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Sustainable Pecan Production – IP077

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Sustainable Small-scale Nursery Production – IP104

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⇒ Links to Other Agroforestry Information

 

Association for Temperate Agroforestry
Native Plant Network
This one-of-its-kind searchable database contains more than 2,800 protocols for producing native plants.
Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry
Reforestation, Nurseries, & Genetics Resources (RNGR)
This key USDA Forest Service site contains extensive technical information about raising forest and conservation seedlings and about raising native plants and seedlings. Offers USDA Agriculture Handbooks on nursery production and the following free periodicals: Forest Nursery Notes, Native Plants Journal (with Indiana University), and Tree Planters’ Notes (with Oregon State University).
The Center for Agroforestry
University of Missouri
USDA National Agroforestry Center

⇒ Other Horticultural Topics

 

Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees – IP126

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Beekeeping/Apiculture – IP229

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Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain Times – IP476

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Community Orchards – IP446

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Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & Resources – IP125

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Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers – IP438

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Equipment & Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Crop Production – IP417

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Guide for Organic Crop Producers – IP225

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Mushroom Cultivation and Marketing – IP087

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Organic Market Farm Documentation Forms – IP285

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Organic Orchard, Vineyard, and Berry Crop Documentation Forms – IP238

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Pressure-Treated Wood: Organic and Natural Alternatives – IP362

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Scaling Up Your Vegetable Farm for Regional Markets – IP464

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Season Extension Techniques for Market Gardeners – IP035

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD – IP418
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Specialty Crops for Cold Climates – IP414

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Sustainable Turf Care – IP123

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Sustainable Weed Management for Small and Medium-Scale Farms – IP490

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Tipsheet: Crop Rotation in Organic Farming Systems – IP407

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Transgenic Crops – IP189

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Wheatgrass Production – CT176

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