University of Maryland Extension

Organic Vegetable Production

Public awareness and interest in how food is produced is an increasing concern for today's society. Growing organically is an ever increasing market that has evolved to address society's concerns on food production. Organic production has continued on an increasing trend since the mid 1990's. Organic food sales now represent approximately two percent of U.S. food sales (Hunsburger et. al., 2010) with the future outlook looking very positive.

Organic production requires a different approach to traditional farming production methods. It requires more physical input towards production in addition to critical thinking when approaching pest management and soil fertility.

Because organic vegetable production is so complicated we at the University of Maryland Extension developed this Organic Vegetable Production Manual, to help those growers who are new to organic vegetable production practices or for those growers who have been growing organic vegetables for only a few years. And while the manual is not meant for experienced growers there are some chapters that even the most experienced grower may find interesting and helpful. The Introduction/Authors section explains how the manual is set-up and who reviewed the chapters. In addition all the author information is presented in this section. Each chapter is listed separately and can be downloaded by the grower for their use, but not for any commercial use unless permission is granted by the Editors.


Biosolarization as an Alternative to Chemical Fumigation - 6/2019

Big-Eyed Bug: A MVP of Generalist Natural Enemies - 8/2016

Minute Pirate Bug: A Beneficial Generalist Insect Predator - 7/2016

Organic Weed Management in Vegetables (Hooks, Leslie, Chen) - 5/2016

Cantaloupe (Muskmelon) in Maryland

Plants that Attract Pollinators and Natural Enemies (presentation) - 6/2015

Managing the Weed Seedbank with Cover Crops and Tillage

Offing Cover Crops for Weed Suppression: Featuring the Roller Crimper and Other Mechanical Contraptions

The Plight of Clint and His Monoculture Practices

Using Flowering Plants to Help Parasitic Wasps Attack Stink Bug Eggs 

The Stale Seedbed Technique: A Relatively Underused Alternative Weed Management Tactic for Vegetable Production  

Fungal Entomopathogens: An Enigmatic Pest

Organic Weed Control in No-Till Vegetable Systems

New Grower Training - Vegetable IPM - 2/2014

Gold Flecking in Tomatoes Caused by Many Things - 2/2014

Examining an Organic Control for Flea Beetles on Eggplant


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