The Market Gardener

  • by Jean-Martin Fortier
  • Narrated by Diego Footer
  • 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Growing on just one and a half acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than 200 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 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 bio-intensive micro-farming.


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Customer Reviews

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Great information but a little bland.

I really loved the science shared on each faze of development. where the venture started how it's progressd and the step by step layout of how a novice Gardener can make a living farming with continued education and a little hard work. I've been studying this subject off an on for years, this book gave me some great information and ideas for my own operation.
My only criticism was it's a little bit like a text book. I think if it we're written a little more like a story of success and narrated by the right voice, it would inspire millions of people.
I completely agree with the part in the beginning about the need for the return of the small family farm operation and how it really is possible. In the last year I've started a small home grown beef operation and before long it will be my lively hood.
For the reader. If your interested in starting any small farm/garden operation and need solid information on how to, you found it. this book is a great guide.
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- Colt H. Perkins

Not that great for Home Gardener

A lot of other reviewers said that this book would be great even if you are not a market gardener. Although there are some definitely meaningful things to learn in the book (I think the best part is actually the appendix) it is not really as applicable to the home Gardener as some other people have stated. I have a very large home Garden where I'm trying to grow virtually all of my produce for my family for the entire year. For this reason, I thought that many things in the book would be applicable for me. I realize after reading it that there's way too many things that are not practical or useful for a home gardener. That being said I still enjoyed the book and learned quite a bit.
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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2016
  • Publisher: WCP Media