By watching The Market Gardener’s Toolkit, current and aspiring farmers will gather valuable insights about many growing essentials.
"The Market Gardener's Toolkit" is a great resource for organic market farmers of all experience levels.
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Jean-Martin Fortier’s organic market farm in southern Quebec earns $150,000 in income per year off of just 1.5 acres of land. Notably successful on this scale for the past decade, Fortier has become a mentor and educator for other farmers who want to make a sustainable living selling fruits and vegetables grown on small plots of land.
After publishing a popular book on the topic, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, Fortier’s latest educational effort comes in the form of a new film called The Market Gardener’s Toolkit. The 80-minute real-life account, which was filmed over the course of a full growing season, is packed with advice about how to successfully handle day-to-day operations on a small-scale vegetable farm. About 1,800 people contributed to a crowdfunding campaign to make the documentary project possible.
By watching The Market Gardener’s Toolkit and learning from Fortier’s real-life experience, current and aspiring farmers will gather valuable insights about many growing essentials, including:
• Creating an efficient design for your market garden.
• Running a seed starting nursery.
• Finding long-term success with minimal tillage and low-tech hand tools.
• Mastering crop rotation.
• Using hoop houses for season extension.
• Applying compost and other amendments.
• Using green manure cover crops.
• Watering efficiently.
• Controlling pests and weeds.
• Harvesting and storage methods.
As he personally guides you through the techniques that have worked best on his farm, Fortier continually comes back to one theme: efficiency. For a small farm to be economically viable while tackling tasks by hand with minimal full-time employees, operators must hone in on the most efficient methods — and this film offers innovative and tested ideas for doing just that.
With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.LEARN MORE