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Advice from JM..
- Adding time constraints to his work has been hugely successful.
- It has allowed him to accomplish more in less time.
- It forces him to be more in sync and focused with what he is doing and what needs to be done.
- You are not going to avoid the early hardships. “Even farming on a small scale is a lot of hard work.”
- Before you get into farming, commit to one full growing season working on someone else’s farm to see if it’s what you want to do and like doing.
- Take time to educate yourself on farm design and cropping systems.
- You can do a lot of this on paper.
[x_blockquote cite=”Jean-Martin Fortier” type=”center”]”It’s important to be in sync and focused with what needs to be done.”[/x_blockquote]
About Jean-Martin Fortier
Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer, writer, and speaker specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices. He is passionate about demonstrating how small farms can play an important role in the rebuild of the food system.
His internationally recognized 10-acre micro-farm in Quebec, Canada is a perfect example of this: At les Jardins de la Grelinette, only 1½ acres are cultivated in permanent beds, yet the farm gross more than $100 000 per acre with operating margins of about 60 per cent, enough to financially sustain his family. The focus at la Grelinette has been to grow better-not bigger- in order to optimize the cropping system, making it more lucrative and viable in the process.
Jean-Martin’s acclaimed book, The Market Gardener, tells the story of how he and his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, started their farm and how they successfully operate it. The book (originally published in French as Le Jardinier-Maraîcher) has been popular with both urban and rural readers, having sold more than 40,000 copies since its original release in the fall of 2012.
In his work, JM places a strong emphasis on intelligent farm design, appropriate technologies and harnessing the power of soil biology as key components of successful farming. A storyteller who can weave the technical aspects of farming with anecdotes from his farm, JM has facilitated more than fifty workshops and conferences in Canada, Europe and the United States.
He has written for farming magazines such as Canadian Organic Grower, La Terre de Chez Nous, Growing for Market and Mother Earth News and also serves as a tool advisor for companies such as Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Dubois Agrinovation.
Jean-Martin Fortier on Farming and Making $140,000 on 1.5 Acres
JM WILL BE SPEAKING AT PV3 IN SAN DIEGO THIS MARCH
He will be two talks on profitable market gardening on both a large and small scale.
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