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Creating a future where humans live in harmony with nature and each other.

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Our Mission

To educate and empower growers who change the world through the simple act of growing healthy, nourishing food for their communities.

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Our Vision

To multiply the number of regenerative farms around the world and create a future where humans live in harmony with nature and each other.

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Food grown with care, by and for people who care.

Our Values

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Kindheartedness

We hold fast to a compassionate attitude towards all people and the natural world. We believe that our work should stem from kind intentions.

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Belonging

We are rooted in the interconnectedness of all life and aim to foster a sense of community through our actions.

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Efficiency

We feel that the urgency of this moment demands that our actions be organized in the most pragmatic and effective way possible, so we can have maximum impact.

Our Story

The Market Gardener Institute was born out of our desire to inspire and educate as many people as possible, so we can collectively embrace a vision of agriculture that is human-scale, ecological, and profitable.

Our Team

Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier

Founder, Teacher, and Mentor

Jean-Martin is the founder, teacher, and mentor of The Market Gardener Institute. A trailblazer in the field of human-scale regenerative agriculture, he has dedicated his life to spreading the inspiring and empowering message of compassionate agriculture. Beyond his work as a farmer and educator, he is an entrepreneur, a husband, a dedicated father to his children Forest and Rose, a loyal friend, a traveller, a surfer, a bon vivant, and a lover of great food and wine.

Suleyka Montpetit

Suleyka Montpetit

Co-Founder and CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Suleyka leads The Market Gardener Institute’s vision, business strategy, and impact goals. Coming from an atypical background, she explored alternative lifestyles and transformative movements around the world before finding her way to digital marketing, storytelling, and impact entrepreneurship. She is also a musician, a lover of mystic poetry, an avid gardener, and a social creature.

Alex Chabot

Alex Chabot

Videographer & Photographer

Alex has been documenting the work of Jean-Martin and Maude-Hélène since their early days at the Jardins de la Grelinette. While working at various organic vineyards and orchards, he briefly considered becoming a market gardener but life eventually led him towards his passion for photography. Today, he continues to capture the revolution of human-scale, ecological agriculture.

Caroline Cloutier

Caroline Cloutier

Digital Product Manager

With more than 20 years of experience in media, Caroline is responsible for the development of the Institute’s digital media and resources as well as project management. She is a proud supporter of the ecological agricultural movement, an avid traveller, and an avowed geek.

Charles-Alain Roy

Charles-Alain Roy

Digital Marketing Manager

For over 12 years, Charles has helped companies optimize their digital strategies. As Digital Marketing Manager of The Market Gardener Institute, he is responsible for our websites, digital marketing strategy and social media campaigns. In his spare time, he is a singer-songwriter and music producer under the pseudonym Aléatoire.

Fanny Mailhot

Director of Marketing and Communications

Fanny has worked in advertising agencies for most of her career. In her role as Director of Marketing, she manages product marketing and the customer journey. She also enjoys gardening, spending time with her children, and having inspiring human exchanges.

Lucia Stevens

Lucia Stephen

Partnership and Outreach Manager

Lucia has more than 15 years of experience in developing and delivering training, events, and resources for food and agricultural organizations. As a seasoned organizer, she manages partnerships and educational projects that support, enhance, and unite the values of The Market Gardener Institute. In her spare time, she loves to grow food and flowers, and listen to music.

Leticia Trandafir

Community Manager

Trained in communications, Leticia spent the last six years in the culture and music industries as a content producer, event curator, DJ, and electronic musician. She is also an amateur mycologist and enjoys drinking natural wine while cooking with the vegetables grown by local farmers.

Tania Jiménez

Art Director and Designer

Tania shapes the aesthetics and visual content across The Market Gardener Institute’s platforms and contributes to human-centered processes. Holding an interdisciplinary curriculum, she continuously questions her social role as a designer, working on engaging projects through which she can ignite change in the community. Born to swim in the ocean and climb volcanoes, Tania is an avid traveller and yoga practitioner.

Catherine Sylvestre

Catherine Sylvestre

Technical Advisor

In addition to creating new educational content, Catherine has the answer to any questions from Masterclass students. She is also the Director of Vegetable Production at Ferme des Quatre-Temps, has a degree in agronomy from McGill University and has conducted extensive research in greenhouse production. Her goal is to support the resilience of small-scale farms.

Michaël Tougas

Technical Advisor

Michaël acts as a go-to contact for the student community and a creator of educational content. His three years of market gardening at Ferme des Quatre-Temps culminated in his position as manager at its second location in Port-au-Persil. His love for food and his desire to have a positive impact on the environment have motivated him to start his own farm.

Rémi Fournier

Rémi Fournier

Strategic Advisor

Rémi is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. He has over 15 years of experience in business and capital investment in various industries including telecommunications, digital advertising, and technologies. He started Au Coeur du Pinacle, his own regenerative microfarm, in 2020, and has become passionate about bringing forth disruptive solutions to the climate crisis through regenerative human-scale agriculture. He is also a proud wine enthusiast and aspiring vigneron.

Interested in joining The Market Gardener Institute team?

We are always interested in meeting capable, competent, and dedicated people who share our values.