It sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Much less making $100,000.00 a year! Absurd! Well, that is what they say in The Market Gardener By Jean-Martin Fortier. And I believe him. Why? I’ll tell you the story.
A while ago I was reading a magazine article by Joel Salatin. As many of you know he is the “guru of permaculture”. As a pioneer and expert in sustainable gardening and farming practices, Joel has written many books himself. Anyway, in the article, Joel recommended a book titled The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier. I was intrigued by the statement from the book that you could make $100,000 from 1.5 Acres. How was this even possible? But Joel Salatin is a well-respected expert, and if he thinks the book is good enough to recommend, I’ll give it a try. I needed a book to take on vacation anyway so I decided to buy it for myself and see what it said.
I’ve read a lot of books that say “yeah I did it” and gave some generalities. But this book really spells it out. Jean-Martin and his wife have a tiny (1 1/2 acre) vegetable farm in Quebec. He spells out in great detail how they got started, what equipment they use, don’t use, and why. He shows how their beds are laid out, what they fertilize with, and what they grow. How many and what types of buildings they have. How they use them and why. How they sell the produce and the price they get for it. What they put in their CSA boxes and where else they sell. How they decided what to grow and how much of each item they grow and even how they take vacations. There is so much more it will make your head spin. This was a very easy and riveting read. My mind never wandered and I just had to know what Jean-Martin was going to say next in The Market Gardener. It was the most thorough book about starting a market garden and setting up a CSA I have ever read. Now I know why a powerhouse like Joel Salatin recommended it.
Some Tools They Recommended were The Broadfork, A Two Wheeled Tractor, A Flame Weeder and a Seeder.
This book was originally written in French but was beautifully translated into English. The only negative I took away from the book, and it is a small one, was in the resource list in the back (which by the way is very extensive). Some of the resources are written in French. Yes, you would expect that since the author is from Quebec, but since I don’t speak or read French they won’t do me much good. There are however many resources listed in English so that should not be a big deterrent.
Ok, I’m not planning on setting up a CSA or other type of market garden, so why do I think this is such a good book? I’ve been gardening for over 25 years, but I know there are always new things to learn about gardening. The Market Gardener taught me several things about my garden. I learned a new way of grouping vegetable types to accommodate row covers for pest control. I want to try it out this year. The book also made me think a little bit about what I’m going to be growing and why. And if I do ever want to start a market garden, I’ll now know exactly how to do it, and what resources to use. The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier will be my number one resource!
I really hope you check out The Market Gardener. I Think You will like it.
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