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Malcolm Beck

Region: Hill Country

Topics: Organic foods, Soil, Farming, Agriculture


Mr. Beck began his career in sustainable agriculture as a family farmer in the 1950s, raising and selling organic produce near San Antonio, Texas. Later, he turned to helping others find alternatives to conventional agricultural methods and materials through his business, Garden-Ville. Garden-Ville mines bat guano, chips mulches, digests municipal sludge, and prepares compost for sale as non-chemical ways to build the organic matter content of soil. Mr. Beck has also been a prolific author explaining and promoting sustainable horticulture and agriculture, through his books, Garden-Ville Method: Lessons in Nature, The Secret Life of Compost, Texas Organic Gardening, Texas Bug Book, and other titles.



April 18, 2002
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2200 and 2201

Please see a brief Real Media video excerpt from our interview with Mr. Beck.

Please see the video (reel 2200 and 2201) or transcript of Mr. Beck's full interview.






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Texas Legacy Project

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