Jean-Martin Fortier

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Book Recommendation: The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Farming
Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:49 PM

If you have been thinking about starting a small farming operation and are looking for a resource to help guide you through the process, pick up a copy of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming. by Jean Martin Fortier.

And if you missed the recent ResilientLife podcast with Jean-Martin Fortier, listen to it here (Jean-Martin Fortier: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming) to get a great preview of many of the topics covered in the book and get inspired to start growing, investing in local community and building resilience into your life. » Read more

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Jean-Martin Fortier: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming

Earn a living gardening on just 1.5 acres
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:19 AM

As we awake to the realities in store for us in a future defined by declining net energy, concerns about food security, adequate nutrition, community resilience, and reliable income commonly arise.

Small-scale farming usually quickly surfaces as a pursuit that could help address all of these. Yet most dismiss the idea of becoming farmers themselves; mainly because of lack of prior experience, coupled with lack of capital. It simply feels too risky.

Enter Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène. They are a thirtysomething couple who have been farming successfully for the past decade. In fact, they've been micro-farming: their entire growing operations happen on just an acre and half of land. » Read more

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Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm known for its high productivity and 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 organic farming.