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. 

He is a graduate of the McGill School of Environment and is a passionate advocate for strengthening local food systems, notably working with Montréal’s Équiterre to help create Canada’s most important network of CSA farms. He helped create and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Brome-Missisquoi Land Base Project which aims to match land owners with aspiring farmers. He has also facilitated more than fifty workshops and conferences in Canada, France, Belgium and the United-States promoting the idea of micro-scale farming as an alternative lifestyle. 

Jean-Martin 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 as an equipment and tool advisor for companies such as Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Dubois Agro-inovation.  His first book, Le Jardinier-Maraîcher sold more than 14,000 copies in the original French language since its release in the fall of 2012.