ABOUT JM FORTIER
Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer, educator and best-selling author specializing in organic and biologically intensive vegetable production. His award-winning book, The Market Gardener, has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to reimagine ecological 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.
He his the co-founder, with his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches, of Les jardins de la grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm in Southern Quebec known for its high productivity and profitability. Since 2015, he is the farm director at Ferme des Quatre-Temps, an experimental farm in Hemmingford, Quebec. This ambitious project was initiated by a group of philanthropists and practitioners of organic farming with the aim of paving the way towards a more ecological and nourishing food system for Quebec.
As an educator, JM places a strong emphasis on intelligent farm design, appropriate technologies and harnessing the power of soil biology as key components of successful farming. A storyteller who weaves the technical aspects of farming with anecdotes from his farm, he has facilitated hundreds of workshops, seminars and conferences in Canada, Europe, Australia and the United States. His methods and practices are featured in The Market Gardener's Toolkit, an educational documentary produced by Possible Media, and in The Market Gardener's Masterclass, an online course for professional growers.
Fortier has been widely featured in the mainstream media, as well as in countless specialized publications, television programs, radio shows and podcasts. He has written for farming magazines such as Canadian Organic Grower, La Terre de Chez Nous, Growing for Market and Mother Earth News and also serves as an advisor for companies such as Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Dubois Agrinovation and Tend.
Along his travels, he was dubbed "The Rockstar Farmer". He hopes such recognition of food producers will advocate more support for the emerging new generation of small-scale farmers.
Beyond his passion for his work and mission, JM Fortier is a husband, a dedicated father of two children, Forest and Rose, a loyal friend, a traveller, a surfer, a bon vivant and a lover of great food and wine.