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The Market Gardener Audiobook

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

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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.

©2014 Jean-Martin Fortier (P)2016 West Coast Permaculture

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  • D J Hupkes
    19/06/17
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    "perfect for the aspiring farmer only hands on"

    could be better like he says. the how to instruction for nearly every situation is priceless.

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  • Ninja Bryan
    17/06/17
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    "Very helpful."

    I really enjoyed the details of such a market garden. if I learned nothing else it is that row covers are not optional! I have no harvest because of stink bugs/squash bugs. They kill everything and I am not willing to use any posion. Great solution..

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  • Carl A. Spiess
    16/05/17
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    "Amazing book - naration needs work"
    Where does The Market Gardener rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an amazing book - a must read for anyone interested in organic farming. However, the butchering of the French words and place names was a real distraction from the content.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Diego Footer?

    The narration really detracted from my enjoyment of this book. The author is French-Canadian. I would have appreciated the narrator being cast with that in mind. Someone who has a working knowledge of french pronunciation would have better suited to this task.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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