The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming
by Jean-Martin Fortier, 240 pages, 8½x8½, softcover. Quebecois market gardener Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife earn their living by growing CSA shares for more than 200 families on just 1½ acres. A decade’s experience in the trenches of small-scale farming informs Fortier’s practical and clear-eyed book: while he touches on the complex issues around soil biology, fertility, and pest control, his focus is on showing small farmers how to get their job done efficiently and profitably, while upholding the ecological principles of organic agriculture. The overall tone is that of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic mentor. The chapters on business planning, farm planning, and general crop management offer useful tricks and advice on marketing and equipment that is appropriate to the scale of most organic vegetable growers. Appendices offer basic information on most common market crops. Includes a useful directory of suppliers—though we must note that one phenomenal purveyor of seeds and supplies is missing. -Alice Coyle
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