Micro Farms, JM Fortier and Resetting the Table at Food Secure Canada
Fortier’s farm is a shining example of a viable, small scale sustainable farm enterprise. Les Jardins de la Grelinette, astutelty named after one of the tools that helps make it all happen; The Broadfork Farm is 1.5 acre market garden operation in Quebec, generating over $100,000 in revenue and feeding close to 200 families through CSA and farmers markets. ‘
JM is a rockstar in the micro farming world (atleast we think so) and for any of us hoping to develop our own own small scale food production systems we should be taking note of what this guy is doing. Much of his recent fame has come from his book The Market Gardener: A Successful Growers Handbook for Small Scale Organic Farming and the subsequent tour and speaking events. He also just released a film – The Market Gardeners Toolkit. Both the book and the film conceptualize not only a viable small scale bio-intensive production model but also a viable way of life that is worth living.
JM is leading the way in cultivating new agricultural paradigms and is attempting to scale up his model through a new research farm project called La Ferme des Quatre-Temps.
If you’re in Toronto this weekend (October 13-16) don’t miss the opportunity to hear him speak at Resetting the Table: Food Secure Canada’s 9th Annual Assembly hosted at Ryerson University. He will be part of the Agriculture Farming for the Future stream. Stay tuned for more from this event as well in the coming days as Blue Skies Truth Radio will be attending.
If you can’t make the event, watch these videos courtesy of TheNOFAVT.
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