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Called by many the most influential farming book of the last decade, The Market Gardener, A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming has now sold over 100 000 copies, won numerous awards and earned accolades from the foremost experts in the field. Soon to be published in German, Dutch, Polish and Italian, it continues to provide practical information and inspiration to those who want to start and operate a profitable small-scale organic farm.


Now available as an audiobook!

The Market Gardener is now available as an audiobook read by none other than Diego Footer of the Permaculture Voices Podcast.  Here's a preview:


Few books have grabbed my attention as dramatically as this one, because it's ultimately doable for thousands of would-be food and farm healers.

Joel Salatin | Polyface Farms


Jean-Martin’s book is very well done and should be of great use to market growers everywhere. Exchange of ideas and information is so important because when we pass ideas on, the next person gets to start where we got to and take the ideas to another level.

Eliot Coleman | Organic Farming Pioneer


The Market Gardener provides proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods with practical information on:

  • Setting-up a micro-farm by designing biologically intensive cropping systems, all with negligible capital outlay;

  • Farming without a tractor and minimizing fossil fuel inputs through the use of the best hand tools, appropriate machinery and minimum tillage practices;

  • Growing mixed vegetables systematically with attention to weed and pest management, crop yields, harvest periods and pricing approaches.

Inspired by the French intensive tradition of maraîchage and by iconic American vegetable grower Eliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin shows by example how to start a market garden and make it both very productive and profitable. Making a living wage farming without big capital outlay or acreages may be closer than you think.


More praise for The Market Gardener

This book fulfills a significant demand for quality information about growing edibles sustainably for profit on a small community-based scale - Anne Marie Van Ness, American Horticultural Society

Fortier’s introductory book on market gardening is a fine, authoritative reference that is already an indispensable part of many growers’ libraries, and seems bound to become a classic. - Frank Kaminski,

Jean-Martin Fortier’s The Market Gardener is the book to have at your hand, on the table while you eat lunch, on your bedside table for the few minutes before sleep. This is a direct, clear, guide for day-to-day operations of your small farm. - Ruben Anderson,

"This is a fantastic addition to any aspiring market gardener's library Jean-Martin has laid out all of the basics for how we can farm more profitability, productively, and passionately on a more human-sized scale." - Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm, Portland, Oregon

"JM Fortier's 'The Market Gardener' is my go to encyclopedia for diversified small scale agriculture. I consider him one of the most accessible and knowledgable experts in the field and have implemented many ideas from his book into my own farm." - Jordan Collin, Aotearoa Market Garden, New Zealand

"Jean-Martin Fortier picks up right where Eliot Coleman has left us, applying many of his core principles, but doing it in such a brilliant way as to provide beginning farmers a solid framework of the information they need to start up and become successful small-scale organic growers themselves."- Adam Lemieux, Product Manager of Tools & Supplies, Johnny's Selected Seeds


"I've read this book in French and all I can say is that, if you want to engage yourself in the market gardening, The Market Gardener is far more than a simple manual, it's the story of a life and a major giveaway of knowledge without the shadow of a secret. A must have, nothing else." -Michel Michiels, Arlon, Belgium

"Quite simply The Market Gardener has redefined my annual output, and increased turnover considerably." - John Barrons, Vratsa, Bulgaria.

"I study JM Fortier every single day. My copy of The Market Gardener is covered in dirt from being in the fields and greenhouse with me. This year I started implementing what JM teaches and saw amazing results. " -Colin O'Brien, O'Brien's Windswept Farm, North Reading, Massachusetts