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Market Gardener A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

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ISBN-10: 0865717656

ISBN-13: 9780865717657

Edition: N/A

Authors: Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Marie Bilodeau, Jean-Martin Fortier

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Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located on less than 1.5 acres of land in rural Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite this surprisingly small footprint, owners Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Helène manage to feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA, run two seasonal market stands, and also supply their signature mesclun salad mix to a dozens of local restaurants and stores. The secret of their success is their focus on intensive methods, which allows them to concentrate 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:Learning the craft, acquiring land, and creating infrastructure, all with negligible capital outlay;Minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of "minimum till," hand tools, and alternative machinery;Using bio-intensive techniques and permaculture principles to maximize the harvest.Inspired by the French market garden tradition, but also by iconic North American organic vegetable growers such as Elliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows you how to get the most from a small plot of ground. Making a living from the land while enjoying an exceptional quality of life can be closer than you think. Allons-y!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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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 3/4/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English