I heard Jean-Martin speak a few weeks back through an event organized by Just Food, and his methods are incredibly innovative and inspiring in an economy where big agriculture keeps getting bigger and more and more small farms are being swallowed up. Statistics Canada’s Snapshot of Canadian Agriculture shows that the number of farms has decreased by 10% in the five years since the previous farm census, yet total farmland only dropped by 4%. Average farm size increased by 7% over that same period.
This Indiegogo campaign aims to raise funds to translate the book into English and help other small farmers make a living providing a valuable service to communities in a sustainable way. Read below for an excerpt from the campaign, but click through the link to see the video and read more about this initiative. I’ve donated because I think his work is important and I can’t wait to read the book. Plus, the drawings you receive as a bonus for your donation are beautiful – I have already received mine and I’m just looking for the perfect place to hang them on my wall!
FarmStart wants to help share these innovative growing methods and an alternative farm model that is inspiring young farmers across the country. This book not only provides practical information on how to start a market garden, but also how to make it both very productive and profitable.
Le jardinier-maraîcher, written by Jean-Martin Fortier, provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at les Jardins de la Grelinette, a farm in Quebec that is well known for its intensive methods of production. This book demonstrates how adopting intensive methods of production can allow the grower to concentrate on growing better instead of bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. The book explains in great detail the different horticultural techniques, tools and know-how that the author has developed while running a successful vegetable operation on less than 1.5 acres of land.
For more information and to donate go to: http://igg.me/p/290281/x/2311508