Help us make Le jardinier-maraîcher available in English!
Tentative English title: Growing Great Veggies: A Market Gardener’s Manual for Small-Scale Organic Farming
FarmStart wants to help share these innovative growing methods and an alternative farm model that is inspiring young farmers across the country. This book not only provides practical information on how to start a market garden, but also how to make it both very productive and profitable.
Le jardinier-maraîcher, written by Jean-Martin Fortier, provides an overview of all aspects of vegetable production at les Jardins de la Grelinette, a farm in Quebec that is well known for its intensive methods of production. This book demonstrates how adopting intensive methods of production can allow the grower to concentrate on growing better instead of bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process. The book explains in great detail the different horticultural techniques, tools and know-how that the author has developed while running a successful vegetable operation on less than 1.5 acres of land.
Why Translate this book?
In English, only one other book has discussed this idea of intensive market gardening in such depth. That book is The New Organic Grower (Chelsea Green, 1995) written by Eliot Coleman. Le jardinier-maraîcher is very much influenced by Coleman’s book. Both describe intensive market gardening techniques and are written by a farmer for farmers. However, organic farming has evolved tremendously in the last 15 years, especially with the development of CSAs (Community Shared Agriculture), and Le jardinier-maraîcher gives a more precise idea of how to run your CSA profitably while including many new and important techniques with regards to pest control and organic fertilisation to name of few. The book also provides a more complete and accurate depiction of what can be done on a few acres.
What does my pledge do?
The $25,000 covers the costs associated with translating the book from French to English, and layout costs to prepare the book for publication.
Lets make this great resource available to a new generation of farmers!
With every pledge over $20.00 we want to thank you for your help and will send you some of the book’s beautiful pen & ink illustrations by Marie Bilodeau.
How to help great farming succeed?
Great farmers use great tools and FarmStart feels Le jardinier-maraîcher is an indispensible resource for new market garden farmers. FarmStart has been helping new farmers learn the skills they need to succeed since 2005. To learn more ways to help support a new generation of farmers visit: www.farmstart.ca