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The Market Gardener Institute - JM Fortier
online farming courses
online farming courses
The Market Gardener Institute - JM Fortier

Online farming courses

online farming courses

Start and grow your market gardening project with our online farming courses

Based on more than 20 years of JM Fortier’s experience and trials and errors, our online farming classes are crafted to support you in your journey, whether you are just starting or wanting to step up your game. You will learn the fundamentals of market gardening and have access to proven playbooks to bring your efficiency and profitability to the next level.

Believe us, knowledge is power.

Canopy is a groundbreaking leadership program in organic agriculture led by JM Fortier and a seasoned team of experts.
The most comprehensive course on small-scale organic farming. The goal is to take your market gardening skills to the next level
A comprehensive overview of the foundation of the ecological market garden model
Learn how to grow a wide variety of flowers
Maximize your production with fast growing veggies
Grow and harvest fresh veggies all year round
Get the hang of greenhouses from their selection to crop itineraries.
Heighten your growing season with early and late production

Meet JM Fortier

With over 20 years of experience, Jean-Martin (JM) Fortier has dedicated his career to developing, testing, and perfecting biointensive growing techniques on microfarms such as Les Jardins de la Grelinette, the Ferme des Quatre Temps, and the Old Mill farm. As the author of the best-selling book “The Market Gardener”, which has sold over 200,000 copies, JM has become a renowned expert in small-scale, bio-intensive vegetable production.

JM’s mission is to promote the critical importance of human-scale organic regenerative agriculture in creating sustainable and resilient food systems. He achieves this goal by sharing his knowledge and expertise with thousands of farmers through the Market Gardener Institute. JM’s multifaceted roles range from CEO to technical specialist, mentor, and positive leader. Oh and we affectionately call him JM.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Everything is online — no travel is required. You can go through the training at your own pace. Of course, the real test is in how you apply this education to your own farm or market garden.

zAll our on-demand courses are accessible anytime.
For the Masterclass, registration is open seasonally four times a year. We have designated intake periods in order to best support new students and do not limit the number of participants per intake period. Subscribe to the Market Gardener Institute newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest news on the next registration period:

After registering for the program, you will be prompted to create a user profile for accessing the training platform. You will then be able to take the course on any device connected to the Internet. Please note that you can only access our courses from one device at a time, whether it’s your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Our on-demand courses and our Masterclass are offered in English and French. All documents and text are offered in the language of your initial purchase. French speakers, please note that most of our videos are in English with French subtitles.

Answer: No. Our courses are designed to help people with real-life farming and gardening experience take their operations to the next professional level. Some of our students are just starting out, while others have a few growing seasons under their belts; some have been farming for decades — most have said that using our program has made a big difference in their business’s success.

Answer: Jean-Martin designed the program, but we cannot guarantee his individual feedback. The Institute’s technical team is made up of experienced growers who have had the opportunity to master the best techniques at Jean-Martin’s farm. They are responsible for answering questions on our community platform.

Fees and Guarantees

All courses come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee for 14 days after the date of enrollment.

We understand that our program is a serious investment for a small-scale farmer, and we expect you to do your due diligence before purchasing our program to be certain that it is the right step for you. We cannot guarantee that taking our course is the right decision for you personnally or financially.

If you sincerely engage with the course and don’t get the value or feel your learning style doesn’t match how we teach, we’ll happily refund the money you’ve paid us, given that you tell us exactly why it didn’t work for you within the 14 day period.

We accept all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. For full payments, we also accept PayPal. We are currently unable to accept checks or invoices.

This payment plan consists of three payments, exactly one month apart, on the same credit card through Stripe, our payment processing system. Please note that each payment must be made on the same card and that PayPal does not offer an installment plan option.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help you.

Who is it for?

Our programs is designed as a comprehensive and evolving media library covering most aspects of successful market gardening production. We believe that registering for our programs and studying its contents can provide a helpful head start in organizing and planning your farm. If you will be applying the methods we teach in the near future, you should definitely sign up. Access to the course materials does not expire, so when you have access to land, you’ll be able to use the course as a companion and guide. If your farm dream is a little more distant, and you’re at the stage of simply being curious about what it takes to get into small-scale regenerative farming, we suggest you take our introductory course Market Gardening & Organic Farming for Beginners first.

Every situation is different, including climate, terrain, soil, markets, and more. While our methods are designed for vegetable production in temperate climates, from Mongolia to Argentina, we have students successfully applying our methods all over the world. Being a great farmer, knowing your crops thoroughly, and optimizing your production to be more efficient applies everywhere on the planet.

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