If there is one thing I've learned through all my years as a farmer, it's that if we're going to change agriculture, it's going to be one farm at the time.
All we need is for more people to be willing to go out there and just do it.
ABOUT JM FORTIER
Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer, educator and author specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices. His award-winning book, The Market Gardener, has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to reimagine human-scale food systems. His message is one of empowerment in order to educate, encourage and inspire people into pursuing a farming career and lifestyle.
Jean-Martin Fortier & Maude-Hélène Desroches
He is the founder, with his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches, of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized 10-acre micro-farm in Quebec, Canada. With only 1½ acres cultivated in permanent beds, the farm grosses more than 100 000$ per acre with operating margins of about 60 per cent, enough to financially sustain his family. The focus at La Grelinette has been to grow better, not bigger, in order to optimize the cropping system, making it more lucrative and viable in the process.
In his new farming project, Ferme des Quatre-Temps, he has set out to further demonstrate how diversified small-scale farms, using regenerative and economically efficient agricultural practices, can produce a higher nutritional quality of food and more profitable farms.
La Ferme des Quatre-Temps' model includes livestock raised according to holistic management principles and incorporates permaculture design into its operations.
Beyond offering a new model for polyculture farming in Quebec, Ferme des Quatre-Temps is training a new cohort of young farmers with the intention of giving them the know-how, experience and resources to start their own innovative agricultural projects.
When he is not on the farm or traveling to teach and exchange with other farmers, JM can be found selling his veggies at the world-famous Montreal Jean-Talon Market on Saturdays from April to December.