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

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Grow better not bigger with proven

low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

…should be of great use to market growers everywhere. ---Eliot Coleman, organic farming pioneer and author of the Winter Harvest Handbook

This is a fantastic addition to any aspiring market gardener's library… Jean-Martin has laid out all of the basics for how we can farm more profitability, productively, and passionately on a more human-sized scale. --- Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm, Portland, Oregon

Les Jardins de la Grelinette is an owner-operated micro-farm which feeds more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands. The secret of their success is low-tech, high-yield production methods which help them grow better rather than bigger, making their business more lucrative and viable in the process.

The Market Gardener is a compendium of La Grelinettes proven horticultural techniques, 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.

As local organic agriculture continues to flourish, young professional growers like Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are leading the way with their innovative ideas about farming. Based on low-tech, high-yield methods of production The Market Gardener is a complete, modern, micro-scale farming handbook which shows that making a living wage growing food without large capital outlay or access to an acreage may be closer than you think.

… 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 and Supplies, Johnny's Selected Seeds

In France, The Market Gardener has quickly become a book of reference for small-scale farming. Both visionary and practical, it is a work of rare intelligence. --- Charles Herve-Gruyer, permaculture teacher and grower at la Fermedu BecHellouin, France

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.

Synopsis:

Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

Synopsis:

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 theyve 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 Grelinettes 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.

Synopsis:

Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located on less than 1.5 acres of land in rural Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite this surprisingly small footprint, owners Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Helène manage to feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA, run two seasonal market stands, and also supply their signature mesclun salad mix to a dozens of local restaurants and stores. The secret of their success is their focus on intensive methods, which allows them to concentrate 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:

  • Learning the craft, acquiring land, and creating infrastructure, all with negligible capital outlay;
  • Minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of "minimum till," hand tools, and alternative machinery;
  • Using bio-intensive techniques and permaculture principles to maximize the harvest.

Inspired by the French market garden tradition, but also by iconic North American organic vegetable growers such as Elliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows you how to get the most from a small plot of ground. Making a living from the land while enjoying an exceptional quality of life can be closer than you think. Allons-y!

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 bio-intensive micro-farming.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865717657
Author:
Fortier, Jean Martin
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Author:
Fortier, Jean-Martin
Author:
orns
Author:
Severine von Tscharner Fleming, The Greenhorns
Author:
Bilodeau, Marie
Author:
von Tscharner Fleming, The Greenhorns, Severine
Author:
Severine von Tscharner Fleming, The Greenh
Subject:
Agriculture - Organic
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
75 BandW illustrations, two-color illust
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 8.5 in

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Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods
"Synopsis" by ,

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 theyve 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 Grelinettes 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.

"Synopsis" by ,

Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located on less than 1.5 acres of land in rural Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite this surprisingly small footprint, owners Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Helène manage to feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA, run two seasonal market stands, and also supply their signature mesclun salad mix to a dozens of local restaurants and stores. The secret of their success is their focus on intensive methods, which allows them to concentrate 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:

  • Learning the craft, acquiring land, and creating infrastructure, all with negligible capital outlay;
  • Minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of "minimum till," hand tools, and alternative machinery;
  • Using bio-intensive techniques and permaculture principles to maximize the harvest.

Inspired by the French market garden tradition, but also by iconic North American organic vegetable growers such as Elliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows you how to get the most from a small plot of ground. Making a living from the land while enjoying an exceptional quality of life can be closer than you think. Allons-y!

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 bio-intensive micro-farming.

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