Young Agrarians presents Jean-Martin Fortier Market Garden Workshop Tour VICTORIA
Learn six figure farming for small plots from Jean-Martin Fortier, one of Canada's rock star young farmers (and our very own Eliot Coleman 2.0). Jean-Martin marries smart, intensive farming with solid business senseall while finding time to enjoy life.
In this workshop and his new book, The Market Gardener, Jean-Martin Fortier demonstrates how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to optimal cropping systems. He will discuss how to:
Set up a micro-farm & design biologically intensive cropping systems with negligible capital outlay
Farm without a tractor & minimize fossil fuel inputs through the best hand tools, machinery, & minimum tillage
Grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to best practices for weed and pest management
How much: $75. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards Young Agrarians 2014 programming.
When: Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Doors Open: 9:30am
Lunch 1-2pm Bring food to share and tools to eat with in true Young Agrarians potluck style
Where: Fernwood Community Centre
Address: 1240 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8T 1G6
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"Growing the next generation of farmers and food lovers in British Columbia."
Partners in Farming: FarmStart, FarmFolkCityFolk.
Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, they feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands, and supply vegetables to dozens of local establishments. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income, generating close to $140,000 in annual sales with a profit margin of around 45%.
In his new book The Market Gardener Jean-Martin shares the secret of their success low-tech, high-yield production methods that focus on growing better rather than growing bigger.
If the workshop leaves you with a thirst for even more info (and we hope it does!), Jean-Martin's book will be available for purchase at the event.
"If you're serious about farming, and you think this may be a career and lifestyle choice for you, I urge you to attend Jean-Martin Fortier's workshops while he's in BC. I have toured farms all over the west coast of North America, and I have yet to see anyone compare in production methods, soil management, crop health, product quality, and most importantly a balanced lifestyle. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one of the most cutting edge organic farmers of our time!" - Curtis Stone, BC's own small-scale farmer extraordinaire.
Fernwood Community Centre (View)
1240 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 1G6