NAME: The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic
AUTHOR: Jean-Martin Fortier
SEC: Garden Methods & Techniques
DESC: This is an enjoyable read that offers a blueprint for a successful mini-farm. 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. For over 10 years the authors have been earning over $160,000 on a 1.5 Acre farm in Quebec with three winter months off! They use a form of biointensive farming with very little mechanical equipment. Lots of excellent advice for a new market gardener.
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.
The Market Gardener is a compendium of La Grelinette's 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.
Reviews from the Web:
"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
"The practical advice throughout the book is stellar. There are no photographs, but honestly the book doesn't need them. The Market Gardener is about substance, not fluff. The pages are packed with useful charts, tables, and relevant drawings. Whether they're about crop rotation, crop planning, planting, insect management, financial aspects or anything else, the tables and charts are easy to read, practical, useful, AND (for me, anyway), easily adaptable… This book contains, hands down, THE MOST useful information on crop rotation (and how to implement it) than any other resource I have found to date… All in all, I can't recommend the book highly enough." - lelaba, Dallas TX
"As a new farmer, starting my market garden this year, I am immensely grateful for the generosity JM has shown in sharing his tips and tricks - I am confident that he has saved me many costly mistakes and inefficiencies. I would say that this book is the new must-read for any aspiring market gardener! My copy is already loaded with bookmarks and dog-eared pages." -- Nigel Francis [Hunter Flynn, who was garden manager of our Ecology Action research gardens, is using this book as his model as he enters into market farming.]
WEIGHT: 1.1 lbs