The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming

The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming

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by Jean-Martin Fortier, Marie Bilodeau
     
 

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Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their

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Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

The Market Gardener is a compendium of la Grelinette’s proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods. This complete guide is packed with practical information on:

  • Setting-up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay
  • Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery, and minimum tillage practices
  • Growing mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management, crop yields, harvest periods, and pricing approaches

Inspired by the French intensive tradition of maraichage and by iconic American vegetable grower Eliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows by example how to start a market garden and make it both very productive and profitable. Making a living wage farming without big capital outlay or acreages may be closer than you think.

Jean-Martin Fortier is a passionate advocate of strong local food systems and founder of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized model for successful biointensive micro-farming.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

I've read this book in french and all I can say is that, if you want to engage yourself in the market gardening, the Market Gardener is far more than a simple manual, it's the story of a life and a major giveaway of knowledge without the shadow of a secret. A must have, nothing else.

Michel Michiels,
Arlon / Belgium

We are so excited that "Le Jardinier-Maraîcher" is finally translated in English! This book was an inspiration for many of our French members (we are a farmers' co-op) and now we can recommend it to all .... especially to the new generation interested in small scale farming...

Thank you!

Nicole Briand
Communications
La Récolte de Chez Nous / Really Local Harvest

In his revolutionary book, JMF brings about a change of paradigm that couldn't come any sooner. New gardeners will find in this book a step-by-step recipe that almost guarantees success, while the more seasoned ones can use it as a steppingstone for future achievements. Ever since its release in Quebec, it has reached thousands of readers and caused a ripple of benefits: people of all ages, especially the young, can now aspire to buy or rent their own land and live a fulfilling -and profitable- life in the countryside, which a few years back was still a wild dream for most of us. Aside from being very technically dense, it offers viable solutions to social problems such as land access, unemployment in regions, and the unsustainable nature of modern agricultural practices. It has literally been training an entire army of Davids that is now starting to address the bulk of these problems, or Goliath. And it's happening all across the province! Most importantly, this book deeply inspired me and gave me hope for the future without having to consult an eco-therapist.

Alexandre J-Nicole

Biologist, graphic designer and illustrator

Jean-Martin Fortier extols the virtues of being small-scale, and expertly details the use of such scale-appropriate tools as broadforks, seeders, hoes, flame weeders, low tunnels, high tunnels, and many other unique tools, specifically designed for this brand of farming. He picks up right where Eliot Coleman has left us, applying many of his core principles, but doing it in such a brilliant way as to provide beginning farmers a solid framework of the information they need to start up and become successful small-scale organic growers themselves.
- Adam Lemieux, Product Manager of Tools & Supplies, Johnny's Selected Seeds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550925555
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
02/17/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
152,101
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm famous for its high productivity-profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. A leading practitioner of biologically intensive cropping systems, Jean-Martin has more than a decade's worth of experience in mixed organic farming. He has written articles about his work for popular magazines such as Canadian Organic Grower, La Terre de Chez Nous and Growing for Market. He also contributes occasionally as a tool and equipment advisor for companies such as Johnny's Selected Seeds and Dubois Agrinovation. The original French language version of this book, Le Jardinier-Maraîcher, released in Fall 2012, has sold more than 15,000 copies.

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The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Market Gardener gives exact information on how to start and continue a small market. It is exact in every needed detail for the new market gardener. I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to start Market gardening and even for those who are already gardening. Every one can learn something from this fascinating book.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Stay small and Farm profitably With so many techniques out there from no-till, mulch no-weed (Ruth Stout), to all-season (Eliot Coleman), here is the market-garden. Jean-Martin is a garden guru from Quebec who has inspired me that my wife and I can achieve profitable results with our small yard, as in, we could support ourselves by simply being better not bigger farmers! I have a gaggle of friends all psyched to live off the land, but truly taking that step our of the city to the country is a big deal. If you are looking to make that move, this book will give you a big boost!
Votingwithmydollar More than 1 year ago
As market gardener wanna-bes, this book has it all. We especially like the emphasis on organic and renewable energy (ours!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good examples and information.