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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The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming by Jean-Martin Fortier, Marie Bilodeau

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865717657
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 70,253
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.