Organic Market Gardening on a Human Scale

Discover the art of sustainable small-scale farming with Microfarms. This guide delves into low-tech and highly effective organic farming techniques. Packed with vivid illustrations, it unveils Jean-Martin Fortier’s proven methods through engaging case studies, offering a blueprint for success in ecological farming.

By: Jean-Martin Fortier, Aurélie Sécheret

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New from the best-selling author of The Market Gardener – a revolutionary approach to small-scale local agriculture

Microfarms is a comprehensive guide to establishing and maintaining profitable small-scale vegetable farms, utilizing organic, low-tech, and highly effective crop production methods that are grounded in ecological principles and lifestyle considerations.

Richly adorned with full-color illustrations, this resource vividly brings to life the core principles of Jean-Martin Fortier’s time-tested approach. It includes eight comprehensive case studies showcasing successful regenerative farming projects that have implemented his biointensive techniques. Key features of the book include:

  • An extensive outline of the Fortier Method’s framework, rooted in agroecology, permaculture, and small-scale business principles
  • An exploration of its four essential pillars: proper crop planning, low-tech/low-investment farm tools, organic fertility management, and a business sales approach
  • Strategies for enhancing farm profitability through direct marketing channels like farmstands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes, and farmers markets
  • Engaging and motivational stories of successful market gardeners, detailing their journey from initial setup and land procurement to crop planning, team coordination, and sales
  • Proven techniques to boost crop yields while preserving biodiversity and improving the livelihoods of those working on the farm.

Microfarms champions a revolutionary approach to small-scale agriculture, advocating for a food system that honors the environment, nurtures communities, and supports farmers. This book is an essential read for aspiring small-scale farmers, market gardeners, homesteaders, eco-activists, and visionaries, promising to transform your perspective and actions toward local food systems.

About The Author(s)

Aurélie Sécheret is a freelance author, journalist, and editor specializing in social and ecological issues with a particular interest in food security. A passionate urban farmer, she works with the noted grassroots French agricultural association Veni Verdi to develop local farming projects in the heart of busy city neighborhoods.

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Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, author, educator, and advocate for regenerative, human-scale, profitable agriculture. For over 20 years he and his wife Maude-Helene Desroches have operated les Jardins de la Grelinette, a successful 2-acre microfarm. His bestselling book The Market Gardener, which has sold a quarter million copies in nine languages, describes the biointensive principles used at his micro-farm. In 2015, he established a research farm, la Ferme des Quatre-Temps, where he trains apprentices and develops new strategies for market gardening, including year-round production. His methods of production are taught to a worldwide audience through the Market Gardener Masterclass, an online course of the Market Gardener Institute, which is tailored to small-scale food growers. He is the founder of Growers & Co., a tool and apparel company which celebrates sustainable, local, and equitable food producers. Jean-Martin farms and lives in Quebec, Canada.

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9781774060049

Page Count: 160

Dimensions: 7.5 × 10 × 0.38 in

Publication Date: December 03, 2024

Images: Full Color Throughout

Translated by: Laurie Bennett

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