Dec 8, 2017
New Book on Organic Gardening to be Published

Mark Highland, founder of The Organic Mechanic Soil Company and a member of GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, has written a new book on Practical Organic Gardening.

Organic gardening has been a popular gardening method for most of the past century, but interest in organic gardening has soared in recent years as gardeners have become more aware of the quality of their food. 

Practical Organic Gardening will be published by Cool Springs Press later this month.

In the book, Highland begins with the assumption that most people want to plant and grow their own gardens and yards without using chemical fertilizers and herbicides. The book serves as a complete guide shows on how to how to do it.  

The book is a scientifically driven, modern-day dive into the organic methods, products and practices that will appeal to any home gardener looking to make the transition from conventional to organic.

From the make-up of soil, to fighting bugs naturally, and using water ecologically, plus the many health benefits of organic gardening, Highland explains organic gardening from top to bottom through engaging text and appealing graphics. Filled with how-to projects and illustrated by step-by-step photography, this is a hands-on, get-your-fingernails-dirty look at long-popular gardening techniques updated for a modern age.

Highland’s academic training is in environmental horticulture, composting, and potting soil. He is a sought-after speaker at garden centers, trade shows, and similar venues to promote, educate, and inspire others to the many rewards of organic gardening.

He has taught classes at Longwood Gardens, The Tyler Arboretum, Mt. Cuba Center, The Scott Arboretum, Callaway Gardens, and speaks regularly at public events like The Philadelphia Flower Show, as well as to numerous garden clubs.

Highland also has served as a consultant for the EPA and Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and recently received the Young Professional Award from the Perennial Plant Association.

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