Season Extension Strategies
Heighten your production with season extension strategies
Produce crops outside of their normal season to diversify your veggies selection
Being able to harvest fresh produce over a longer period is a key to increasing your overall income. Boosting your product diversity over a longer period will definitely build your farm customer loyalty. However, the integration of different season extension strategies combined with the challenges of lower temperatures and light availability can be difficult to cope with.
Join this course to mitigate those challenges by understanding season extension principles and techniques.
Why use season extension strategies?
Who is this course for?
How does it work?
This online course provides precise written and video instruction, to give you the exact methodology, tools and techniques needed to grow crops successfully in a context of heightened efficiency.
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You have the opportunity to preview a free lesson from the course to see if it meets your needs. In this overview, you’ll learn about the challenges of growing outside of the normal growing season and strategies to overcome them.
Meet your teacher
Since launching os his book “The Market Gardener, A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming” in 2012, JM Fortier has been internationally recognized as a foremost expert in the field of biointensive farming and has spoken at hundreds of conferences, keynote addresses, and training sessions, becoming an inspiration for farmers worldwide.
His current mission is to pass on this knowledge to thousands of farmers through his work at the Market Gardener Institute.
Meet our partner
Tessier is a 40 years of experience manufacturer and installer of greenhouses and caterpillar tunnels. Renowned for their solid and high-quality products, Tessier’s experts are particularly appreciated for their guidance role throughout every project.
From greenhouse structures to retractable-roof systems, adjustable grow tables, ventilation and plastic films, Tessier ensures every product has been designed for your needs.
It could be you!
When you do the work and stay committed, the results you can create are extraordinary. Just imagine the growth you’ll experience with the right training, guidance, and support.
Don’t just take our word for it, see how our course changed the farming journey of hundreds of growers.
“We have learned about tools and techniques that have made farming more efficient and more sustainable environmentally, financially and physically too!”
— Amy Smith & Verena Varga, Heart Beet Organics, Canada
“You can find so much information on the internet; there are so many resources it’s hard to know what to trust. I like having an all-in-one place for referencing detailed strategies that have been tested and tried for others to review and put into practice – it really helps!”
— Yara Dowani, Om Sleiman Farm, Palestine”
“Everything I learned about growing vegetables comes 100% from JM Fortier. Everything grows to perfection, and our clients are extremely happy.”
— Alexandre L’Heureux, The Happy Farm, Canada
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What is inside?
Introduction to Season Extension Strategies
In this video, you’ll get insights from JM Fortier’s 20+ years of experience as a successful market gardener. He’ll present you an overview of season extension challenges and strategies to overcome them.
Caterpillar Tunnels are an impressive season extension strategy for their cost. In order to get the most value out of them, here you’ll discover how to build them securely and efficiently. JM demonstrates how to do so with the gothic and the standard types of caterpillar tunnels.
Small and Micro Tunnel
Small and Micro tunnels are low-cost, easy, and quick-to-build solutions to season extension. They cover 1 or 2 beds and they are very mobile. Small and very small farms will love it!
Row Covers and Tarps
Those equipment is a simple solution that is really affordable. Discover how row covers are the most adaptive season extension strategy. The module also gives useful insights on how to use black tarps and clear plastic to get early plantings during spring.
In this module, you’ll understand how to manage those different crop sheltering strategies. A comparative chart of each shelter will help to give you an overview of the different crop shelters and to better understand which solution is the best for you.
Spinach is such an amazing crop for season extension because it can withstand heavy frosts. They also provide fresh greens during the shoulder and low seasons. Spinach offers a nice yield even in low temperatures, which makes it a profitable season extension crop.
Dill & Coriander
With these two, you’ll be able to offer herbs to your customers when the temperature is getting low. Even if you are out of the high season, it doesn’t mean you can’t add nice flavor and perfume to your offering!
Pushing swiss chard further into the season is a great way to have both fresh and colorful greens. Once they are established, they are pretty resistant to cold temperatures. Your clients will love those nutritious bunches of colorful stems and leaves! As swiss chard is susceptible to boron deficiencies, we added a boron application
Green onions_season extension_farming course
[P] Green onions are a very nice season extension crop. First, because they are very cold tolerant, but also because they are quite fast to grow. In addition, they allow you to have a crop from the onion family very soon and late in the season. All this makes this crop a profitable one to add to your offering.
“The future of a sustainable agricultural system lays in the art of growing off-season”
Follow JM’s complete tried and true methodology for growing high-quality crops in a context of heightened efficiency.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Tell me more about the course
The course Season Extension Strategies presents different methods of extending your harvest season in the field. Using simple and inexpensive solutions that are within everyone’s reach, the course reveals how to build and use crop shelters. From the caterpillar tunnel to the floating cover, to the small and micro tunnel, you will be able to grow fresh vegetables early and late in the season. We also provide you with the technical itineraries of 5 crops that lend themselves very well to season extension.
This course allows you to master the methodology, tools, and techniques to successfully grow field crops early and late in the season, all adapted to the context of regenerative micro-farming. Each module includes video tutorials and downloadable technical sheets. Each video tutorial and technical sheet will give you in-depth step-by-step, yet straightforward instructions covering every stage of production, from seed to storage.
Each technical sheet will give you :
- Crop info and the best cultivars to grow
- Crop planning guidelines
- Starting seeds
- Spacing requirements
- Fertilization recommendation
- Irrigation type and management
- Implantation equipment and detailed itinerary
- Weeding and maintenance instructions
- Plant protection best practices
- Best harvesting techniques
- Conditioning and storage instructions
Our course is a technical program focused on season extension strategies. This does not cover working with living soil, whole season crop planning, field irrigation, in-depth tools instructions, cover crops, in-depth pest management, in-depth washing and conditioning techniques and tools, winter growing, and technical itineraries for about 40 crops. Please note that all of the content for this course is available in our signature Market Gardener Masterclass, so with the purchase of the course Extend Your Growing Season, you get a 10% discount
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.
The course requires approximately 5 hours to complete if done linearly. The real-time investment will be in implementing your learning in your farm project.
All our on-demand courses are accessible anytime.
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.
You need to have a broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps.
Our on-demand courses are offered in English and French. All documents and text are offered in the language of your initial purchase. French speakers, please note that our videos are in English with French subtitles.
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’ success.
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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