Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a 10-acre micro-farm in St-Armand, Quebec, Canada, was founded in 2004 by Jean-Martin Fortier and his partner Maude-Hélène Desroches and went on to become internationally recognized for its productivity and profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of organic vegetable production.
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 their 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. The farm feeds more than 200 families through C.S.A shares and weekly farmer's markets.
Over the last decade, Les Jardins de la Grelinette has hosted and trained hundreds of interns from all over the world and many have gone on to start their own thriving farms. Its model of operation is the basis for the practices, methods and systems presented in The Market Gardener.
Since JM has taken the opportunity to manage Ferme des Quatre-Temps in 2015, Les Jardins de la Grelinette have been solely operated by Maude-Hélène with great success. It also is the home of their family and a little corner of paradise they are happy to share with their friends and community.