Interested In Starting A Small Farm?
Are you interested in starting a small farm as a means of income and making an impact on sustainability?
Well, you don’t have to be rich or extremely well funded, but you should have some capital, access to an acre or two of fertile land, and the ability to patiently learn the tricks of the trade.
If this is you, then perhaps the only other thing you need is advice from Jean-Martin Fortier. Fortier is an entrepreneur who has successfully grown food for his family and the community on an acre and a half, award-winning farm named Les Jardins de la Grelinette.
While growing food for himself, he also makes about $140,000 in sales yearly and he now wants to train others do this too in his new book.
Learn more from Jean in the short video below:
An excerpt from an interview about his new book – “The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming” is below:
“I felt that there was a need for a book like this. I have been involved with growing the food movement. My response was to tell people that they can grow and here is how,”
Fortier’s philosophy is “grow better, not bigger.” Better to him means not only better food that is grown in better soil, but it also means a better quality of life. He prides himself on the fact that he can take winter vacations with his family.
The couple’s approach to growing food is what Fortier refers to as “biologically intensive,” incorporating permaculture methods like conservation tillage, building permanent beds (as opposed to creating new ones every season), and crop rotation. And, like many young farmers growing in colder climates, he cites Eliot Coleman as an inspiration.
Fortier’s approach to basic skills and design concepts can be used all over the world. Fortier and Desroches have spent time on farms in Cuba, Mexico, and New Mexico which he sites as inspiration. “We had been to Cuba, and we had seen acres and acres of farms running on permanent beds without tractors and thought that was a brilliant way to do it,” says Fortier.
These practices are commonly used in South America and Africa on both small- and large-scale farms, but they are far from mainstream in North America, and could have a big impact on farm productivity.
“My message is that if you want to get into farming–if you’re young and you don’t have access to land or capital, this is a pretty bright way to do it without a lot of input. And you can make a living,” says Fortier.
Read more at this article reference source: Civil Eats