Our farming friends from the Young Agrarians are bringing are bringing Rock Star farmer Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener and young farmer extraordinaire from Quebec, to Nelson! Friday March 14th.
Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, they are able to feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands as well as supply vegetables to dozens of local establishments. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income, generating close to $140,000 in annual sales with a profit margin of around 45%. During the workshop, Jean-Martin Fortier will demonstrates how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to optimal cropping systems. He will discuss how to:
—Set up a micro-farm & design biologically intensive cropping systems with negligible capital outlay
—Farm without a tractor & minimize fossil fuel inputs through the best hand tools, machinery, & minimum tillage
—Grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to best practices for weed and pest management
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