A Bio-Intensive Market Garden
Jean-Martin Fortier - Les Jardins de la Grelinette
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Despite growing on 1.5 acres of land, owners Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches manage to feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income. Their operation generates close to $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of about 45%. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed by continuously focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.
In this conference, Jean-Martin Fortier provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at les Jardins de la Grelinette, demonstrating how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system.