The Market Gardener – Grower’s Handbook
|Product Name:||A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming|
|Publisher:||New Society Publishers|
The author of this book, Jean-Martin Fortier, runs his very own mini farm in Quebec that produces enough to feed two hundred families!
This impressive feat is achieved on just 1.5 acres. The success lies in the low tech methods practised on the farm and the focus on growing better as opposed to growing bigger.
This comprehensive handbook provides all of Fortier’s techniques and expertise to allow anyone to create their very own organic mini farm.
Inside you can learn how to set up intensive cropping systems at minimal cost, farming without the use of a tractor and the best hand tools to use, pest control, crop yields, harvest management and much more.
For anyone looking to create a market garden that is not only high yield but profitable with real potential for regular income this is the book you need.
From complete beginners looking to create their first market garden to established market gardeners searching for ways to maximize profits there is practical advice for all.
The growing solutions and charts have proved particularly popular.
The innovative methods used are explained in simple language making seemingly complicated techniques easy to understand.
Book Specifications for the Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
Author: Jean-Martin Fortier
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Book Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
Other formats available: Kindle
- Knowledgeable author passes on advice from own experience.
- Use of low tech, scale appropriate tools makes it achievable for all abilities.
- Full of useful tables, charts and illustrations.
- Easy to comprehend instructions and language.
- The potential income mentioned would require a lot of land.
- Focuses on profit making so perhaps not suitable for hobbyists.
For those just starting out it will show you how to do things without spending a lot of money; it will also save you money by helping you avoid costly mistakes.
Beginners will find the content on crop rotation, set up and planning essential reading and can be confident in the fact the book is completely packed with relevant information.
Many readers appreciate the informal, personal style in which the book is written.
It details what methods work best on his farm but goes on to explain how every farm is different so the instructions are flexible enough to modify to fit your needs.
The fact the author realises that farming is not the same for everyone and doesn’t preach how his way is the only way is refreshing.
The advice is there for you do what you think best rather than rigorously having to follow it to the letter. Once it has got you through establishing your market garden it can be kept for reference to provide guidance for years to come.
Creating you very own organic mini farm could seem like a prospect too hard to tackle but help is at hand with The Market Gardener.
If you follow the practical advice on the innovative and forward thinking methods within you can create a mini farm that is productive and profitable with far less time, money and space that you would think.