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A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

The Market Gardener

Jean-Martin Fortier
New Society

A Successful Grower's Handbook
for Small-Scale Organic Farming

With more than 200,000 copies sold and buoyed by the international success of the first edition of The Market Gardener, A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, Jean-Martin Fortier has continued to perfect his diversified market gardening techniques and to test tools to optimize his organic crops on small surfaces in this second revised and expanded edition.

Now translated into 7 languages and the recipient of awards and rave reviews, The Market Gardener, A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming remains a must-read for all those interested in small-scale organic agriculture. This type of agriculture contributes to the resilience of local communities and is capable of feeding the population while presenting itself as an alternative to the industrial agriculture that pollutes the planet and is harmful to our health.

Considered a reference in organic farming, this practical guide provides growing notes on more than 25 vegetables and teaches you step-by-step how:

  • Choose a site location based on permaculture
  • Minimize start-up investments
  • Use alternative machinery to the tractor
  • Grow in permanent beds with a minimum tillage approach
  • Fertilize your crops organically
  • Controlling diseases and pests effectively
  • Weeding with the best tools
  • Extending the growing season
  • Develop a crop calendar
  • Good financial planning

Meet the Author

Jean-Martin Fortier


A recognized expert in small-scale organic vegetable production, Jean-Martin has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world to imagine ecological, profitable and human-scale food systems.
By following his framework, people have been introduced to innovative principles of organic micro-farm design, including permanent bed systems, biointensive growing principles, as well as soil conservation techniques. Using these methods, he and his wife have generated annual revenues of over $100,000 per hectare on their farm for the past 20+ years.

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