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In order to boost production and income, there has been an undeniable emphasis on scaling up your organic mixed vegetable farm. But is there another way to go about improving your farm’s bottom line? Since 2004, Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife have been making a good living by growing on less than 1½ acres, on their farm Les Jardins de la Grelinette in Quebec, just north of the Vermont border. Last year, they sold more than $140,000 worth of vegetables, selling at two farmers’ markets and through their 140 member, 21-week CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). How they do this will be the focus of this full day workshop.
In this workshop, Jean-Martin will cover the ins and outs of their production system – from use of their walk-behind tractor and 30-inch permanent no-till bed system; to how they have kept their operational costs low; to weed control techniques such as mulching, stale seed bed and flame weeding; to intensive crop spacing that has allowed them to more than triple production over average row system yields; to greenhouse growing techniques that produce more than 1,350 pounds of tomatoes a week in one 32×100 foot greenhouse.
Jean-Martin’s explanation for their success is that rather than concentrating on growing bigger, they’ve focused on growing better. He is looking forward to sharing the production techniques that he and his wife have fine-tuned over the years, in order to create a farm that is efficient, ecological and most importantly: profitable. For more information on Jean-Martin’s book visit www.themarketgardener.com
Agenda: This workshop will give you in-depth instruction with JM Fortier about how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system.
9:00-9:30 Welcome and introduction
9:30-10h30 Farm set up and design for biologically intensive cropping systems
10:45-12:00 & 1:00-2:00 Alternative machinery, minimum tillage techniques
and the use of the best hand tools for the market garden
2:15-3:00 Best practices for weed and pest management
3:00-4:00 How to develop a systematic approach to crop planning and season
4:00-5:00 Q&A, Networking