About Biological Farming

It Started Here in the 1980s

Biological farming works hand-in-hand with nature. It balances your soil to produce healthy, pest- and disease-resistant crops while reducing the use of chemicals. When fed to livestock, these crops lead to healthy and productive animals.

Think of it as a system, not a product. And it’s a system that’s practical, sustainable and profitable.

The six principles of biological farming:

  1. Test and balance your soils and feed the crop a balanced, supplemented diet.
  2. Use fertilizers that do the least damage to soil life and plant roots.
  3. Apply pesticides and herbicides responsibly while relying on customized management practices to reach maximum genetic potential.
  4. Create maximum plant diversity by using green manure crops and tight rotations.
  5. Manage the decay of organic materials and the balance of soil, air and water.
  6. Feed the soil using carbon from compost, green manures, livestock manures and crop residues.

Our founder, Gary Zimmer, wrote the first book on biological farming. He and Leilani Zimmer-Durand published an expanded version, Advancing Biological Farming, in 2011. They revised and expanded Gary’s first book, The Biological Farmer, in late 2016.

Advancing Biological Farming and The Biological Farmer (2nd edition) are available for purchase by calling 800.327.6012.


Biological Farmer CoverThe Biological Farmer, by Gary Zimmer, 2000

This title in no longer available for purchase. Biological farmers work with nature, feeding soil life, balancing soil minerals and tilling soils with a purpose. The methods they apply involve a unique system of beliefs, observations and guidelines that result in increased production and profit. This practical how-to guide elucidates their methods and will help you make farming fun and profitable. Softcover, 365 pages.



Advancing Biological Farming CoverAdvancing Biological Farming, by Gary Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer-Durand, 2011

This book offers invaluable scientific support for committed organic farmers as well as conventional farmers who would like to reduce chemical inputs and use natural processes to their advantage. Advancing Biological Farming updates and expands upon Gary Zimmer’s classic, The Biological Farmer. Softcover, 236 pages.



The Biological Farmer, by Gary Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer-Durand, 2016

The Biological Farmer (2nd edition) is a fully revised and expanded version of Gary Zimmer’s first work, The Biological Farmer.  This book is your complete guide to the sustainable and profitable biological system of farming. Softcover, 518 pages.

The book is recognized by the National Association of Conservation Districts and included in an exclusive educational collection of books that will be promoted across the country to advance soil health, eco-agriculture, and the advancement of the agriculture industry.