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Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture

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Whether you grow vegetables, raise livestock, or culture mushrooms, taking the time to learn more about the topics in this chapter will help you better use the resources available to you to maximize how much you produce while minimizing the impacts of challenges like pests and weather.

Soils, growing media, and nutrient management are the foundation of a farm and understanding them better will unlock your plants’ productive potential. Soil testing for metal contaminants can empower you to know whether you need to use best practices to protect the health of yourself and your customers. Crop rotation is a powerful tool for preventing pest and disease problems and improving the fertility of your soil. Crop planning will enable you to plan your production schedule to meet your marketing goals. Proactive pest management will help you prevent problems in the first place, and deal effectively with pest problems that do arise. Season extension offers affordable tools for protecting your crops from uncertain weather and climate, and growing crops at times of the year when market demand is higher. Harvesting at the right time of day and storing harvested crops appropriately will protect the results of all your hard work, and adopting good food safety practices will protect the health of your customers.

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