The Market Gardener : A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming
by Jean-Martin Fortier , Marie Bilodeau , Severine Von Tscharner Fleming
Editor: New Society Publishers
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Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border.Growing on 1.5 hectares, the owners of Jean-Martin and Maude-Hélène feed over two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stalls and offer their signature mesclun salad stands, dozens of local institutionsThe secret to their success is the low-tech, high-throughput, production methods they have developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing more and more, making their use more profitable and viable in the processThe Gardener is a collection of the Grelinette is proven horticultural, innovative techniques and cultivation methodsThis comprehensive guide is packed with practical information on: * creating a micro-farm through organic design of intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital expenditure * Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery, and minimal working practices * developing vegetable blending systematically with attention to weeds and pests, yields of weeds and pests * Developing a comprehensive guide to the use of fossil fuels in agriculture.Making a living wage from farming, without large capital or perimeter expenditures, may be closer than you thinkJean-Martin Fortier is a strong advocate of strong local food systems and founder of Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized model for biointensive microagriculture.
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