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Market Gardener [Paperback]

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1 May 2014
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-Helene 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.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865717656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865717657
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 21.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean-Martin's book is very well done and should be of great use to market growers everywhere. Exchange of ideas and information is so important because when we pass ideas on, the next person gets to start where we got to and take the ideas to another level. ---Eliot Coleman, organic farming pioneer and author of the Winter Harvest Handbook I've read this book in french and all I can say is that, if you want to engage yourself in the market gardening, the Market Gardener is far more than a simple manual, it's the story of a life and a major giveaway of knowledge without the shadow of a secret. A must have, nothing else. Michel Michiels, Arlon / Belgium We are so excited that "Le Jardinier-Maraicher" is finally translated in English! This book was an inspiration for many of our French members (we are a farmers' co-op) and now we can recommend it to all ... especially to the new generation interested in small scale farming... Thank you! Nicole Briand Communications La Recolte de Chez Nous / Really Local Harvest In his revolutionary book, JMF brings about a change of paradigm that couldn't come any sooner. New gardeners will find in this book a step-by-step recipe that almost guarantees success, while the more seasoned ones can use it as a steppingstone for future achievements. Ever since its release in Quebec, it has reached thousands of readers and caused a ripple of benefits: people of all ages, especially the young, can now aspire to buy or rent their own land and live a fulfilling -and profitable- life in the countryside, which a few years back was still a wild dream for most of us. Aside from being very technically dense, it offers viable solutions to social problems such as land access, unemployment in regions, and the unsustainable nature of modern agricultural practices. It has literally been training an entire army of Davids that is now starting to address the bulk of these problems, or Goliath. And it's happening all across the province! Most importantly, this book deeply inspired me and gave me hope for the future without having to consult an eco-therapist. Alexandre J-Nicole Biologist, graphic designer and illustrator Jean-Martin Fortier extols the virtues of being small-scale, and expertly details the use of such scale-appropriate tools as broadforks, seeders, hoes, flame weeders, low tunnels, high tunnels, and many other unique tools, specifically designed for this brand of farming. He 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 & Supplies, Johnny's Selected Seeds

About the Author

Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Helene 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-Maraicher, released in Fall 2012, has sold more than 15,000 copies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading for 21st century agriculture 26 May 2014
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I have never once reviewed an Amazon purchase, but I feel compelled to review this book. Fortier's techniques: intensive, low capital, low petroleum inputs and organic methods in a small space -- these are the future of agriculture. It is about more, better, with less. He may not have invented them all, but he has brought them together and has proven they can work if you have the willpower to get off the couch and make it happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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Clear, informative and inspiring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for growers 13 Jun 2014
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A very interesting book giving a lot of useful tips to anyone considering starting a market garden. Many experienced growers will find good ideas as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new go-to 24 Mar 2014
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I have read many gardening and farming books, and this one is my new favorite. Jean-Martin has done a great job of explaining his innovative techniques in a simple and easy to read way. The book rewards multiple readings because it is packed with jewels of information - especially the charts and tables (seeding, transplanting, crop rotation, insect solutions, etc).

After reading the book I was lucky to be able to attend a full-day workshop with the author. The experience at the workshop brought home that the advice and methods in The Market Gardener are the distillation of years of thoughtful and intelligent practice.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stay small and farm profitably 6 Mar 2014
By Steve Proctor - Published on
With so many techniques out there from no-till, mulch no-weed (Ruth Stout-Gardening Without Work), 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, good format. 25 Feb 2014
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I was initially reluctant to purchase the book in kindle format as there appeared to be a lot of graphics. However, they are mostly illustrations which lend themselves rather nicely to the kindle.
Although translated from French, the writing style and translation are fine. The author is incredibly even-keeled in his commentary of market-garden life. He's very straightforward in what works, what it costs and what the reward is.
A pleasant and informative read. I'm very glad I purchased it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on this subjetc ever 2 May 2014
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Every topic has generations of development. It starts out with the pioneers and concepts then as people start practicing it starts to develop into personal art. Where Elliot Coleman started, and did a great job of launching thousands of small farms that are well enough organized that a couple of acres can give a family and some employees a good income and fill in the gaps left in our industrialized food system, this book brings down to earth in the most succinct way possible every part of operating a market garden.

Fortier is the next generation, one of the acolytes that took his master's work and greatly expanded on it. I have a library of such books but none of them are as readable or as information rich in a short chapter as Fortier's book. While most of these books sit in my library as reference material I actually could not put this book down because from cover to cover material was covered in as few words as possible while giving a rich detailed cover of topic after topic, walking you through the entire operation and then following with very good resources on where to find the materials used and mentioned in the book.

It might be possible to improve on this book but it is hard to imagine how. It would be nice to see this book folded into a larger picture as part of a larger permaculture site that includes perennial fruits and herbs but I find no fault with the author for sticking to his topic and area of expertise. No matter what your accomplishments in the area of vegetable or market gardening, this book can give you some ideas for how to do some things better. If you have a permaculture site but want to grow your own food, this is probably the only book you will ever need on how to make growing vegetables a viable operation with the least amount of work and investment.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 8 Mar 2014
By Linda Webster - Published on
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Excellent book. Well written and loaded with information. I love it. A must have for anyone serious about market gardening. I have several books on the subject, including Eliot Coleman's, and this is my favorite.
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