The Market Gardener – Book Review

This is book five of my personal Top 10 Farm Books Of The Decade.

I’m presenting my Top 10 in order of publication.

Next up ,,,

The Market Gardener

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

by Jean-Martin Fortier

I remember visiting Maude-Hélène and Jean-Martin when they lived in a teepee and seeded carrots by hand. Their gardens were beautiful and weed free but I never thought that they would lead the way in a market garden revolution.

I also remember when Maude-Hélène and Jean-Martin moved their farm, and set up les Jardins de La Grelinette. In one season, they set up a fully operational farm with all the infrastructure and tools they would need to make a decent living for the two of them and a couple employees. And all of that on an acre and a half.

That was when I knew they were on to something.

In The Market Gardener, Jean-Martin captures their experience and presents farming with careful design, human-scale tools, and good systems.

This book made farming seem feasible to all kinds of people who never thought they could do it..

In the wake of the The Market Gardener’s release, the number of people in the market gardening community exploded. So many new faces have chosen vegetable farming as a career.

It’s an exciting time to be a market gardener and this book is one of the reasons!


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