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5.0 out of 5 starspretty much anyone can - if you follow their advice ...
Reviewed in Canada on November 3, 2017
Bought as a gift but, leafing through it, I would say it is a must read for the would-be small farmer. As much about the business end as well as techniques. Coming from the region, I can testify that if they can make a living farming in our climate, pretty much anyone can - if you follow their advice on buying the right land, don't get caught up in big equipment purchases and keeping it small so that you own the farm rather than the farm owning you.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery ingteresting book on growing vegetables
Reviewed in Canada on March 17, 2019
Attended a talk at my local garden club on "The Market Gardener" by the author JM Fortier - beautifully presented and very well received by the members of the garden club His book is available in French as well. Although the book is mainly aimed at people who are interested in starting up a Market Garden of their own, this is also a very practical guide on do's and don'ts on how to grow vegetables in your garden.
Love this book and his ideas. This book clearly explains his process and he provides a lot of detail. He made it as easy as possible to simply start your own market garden. I am lucky enough to actually live near him (Quebec) so a lot of what he says is relevant to my situation. One of the most helpful books I have, I use it all the time. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 starsAn accessible and interesting book for the aspiring agrarian.
Reviewed in Canada on April 8, 2014
I'm about 75% of the way through this book and I am loving it. Fortier lays out a deliberate and detailed approach to starting a small-scale organic farm with information pertaining to the way that has been time-tested and works for their project at Les Jardins de la Grelinette à St-Armand in Quebec. While I would be looking to start a farm on Canada's west coast, much of the learning and information contained in these pages should prove very useful.
In particular, I appreciate that Fortier reminds his reader throughout the book that farms can be profitable at a small scale, so long as one is willing to put the work in and commit to achieving the goal of profitability instead of latching on to a specific ideology that so often happens among would-be farmers hoping to embrace permaculture in their lives and gardens.
I recommend this book! It will be a gift to my aspiring farmer friends and a reference for my own work!
We borrowed this book at a business library at first. We held it hostage for over 3 months and saw we needed to keep this is as a regular reference tool! The experience shared, the charts, the financial figures all have helped us develop our business plan as a market gardener eliminating so much mystery out of this kind of enterprise.
Thanks to Jean for making this golden resource tool available! Get gardening!!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe best for any would be market gardner
Reviewed in Canada on November 19, 2016
The best for any would be market gardner. It teaches you everything you need to know to start a great business. He covers everything. In this time when so many need work here is your hands on teacher on how to start your own enterprise. Have highly recommended it to others.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book is super practical. It gave me an idea of how ...
Reviewed in Canada on January 16, 2018
This book is super practical. It gave me an idea of how big the farm needs to be (only a few acres), and how to plan a crop schedule, and descriptions of all the simple tools and equipment I'll need to use and how to use them. Great resource for anyone trying to realize how to start a small farm.
2.0 out of 5 starsThe guy has copied people he worked for without actually learning gardening
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2018
Will be returning for a refund.
Jean-Martin Fortier is not the genius he's made out to be, this is paint by numbers farming, the same approach to industrial agriculture but scaled down, This is not some new local sustainable approach to agriculture, he doesn't make his own compost, doesn't believe peat is bad for the enviroment, and hides the fact he tills/digs with a broad fork by saying he's "minimum till".
The book reads like an advert for loads of different unnecesary tools. He makes outrageous claims like 'the relationship between tilling and soil health is a hot topic for debate among experts, no, no it isn't, this is pure illogical justification for the fact he tills because it's cheaper than adding good compost. I can't quite believe that someone who digs and turns their soil so much is so often spoke about as if he's an enviromentally friendly farmer.
It becomes very clear the more you read and listen to Jean Martin Fortier that he did not start by learning about plants or gardening, but started by working on a farm and has copied many of the techniques without really understanding them. You should walk before you can run, if you want to do local sustainable farming on a small scale then learn about gardening first and scale it up.
Where I started to become impatient was when he claimed coco coir was more enviromentally damaging than peat because coir is shipped in, this is laughable. He also made no effort to create his own compost, declaring it not viable for a large site, and purchases in a cheap compost, which like many market farmers means he's not adding the right nutrients back into the soil He often speaks as if he started from nothing, but reveals in this book his setup was $39,000 with further fees for land, renting diggers and numerous other things he doesn't include, as well as vague mentions of 'funding' without stating where it came from.
Like many new-wave market gardeners he dismisses collecting your own seeds, like Curtis Stone he claims it isn't financially viable... Of course, why collect hundreds if not thousands of seeds instead of buy them in? The truth is because they don't have the knowledge, and grow a LOT of F1s. This books message is clear; if it's between helping the enviroment and making money; choose money.
The only upside to the book is it's talk on the business side of farming and the systemisation, which is stuff you can find on youtube anyway.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat book to start your market gardening adventure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2015
What I found most helpful is that this book touches on most of the interesting subjects for a start of market gardening. Maybe it doesn't explains in depth all of them but in these cases always leaves reader with references to more specific research. Definitely recommend it for a medium scale start-up us main is.