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The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
Narrated by: Diego Footer
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Growing on just one and a half acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they've developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

The Market Gardener is a compendium of proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods. This complete guide is packed 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 maraichage 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.

Jean-Martin Fortier is a passionate advocate of strong local food systems and founder of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized model for successful bio-intensive micro-farming.

©2014 Jean-Martin Fortier (P)2016 West Coast Permaculture

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  • Joseph
  • North Platte, NE, United States
  • 08-18-17

Not that great for Home Gardener

A lot of other reviewers said that this book would be great even if you are not a market gardener. Although there are some definitely meaningful things to learn in the book (I think the best part is actually the appendix) it is not really as applicable to the home Gardener as some other people have stated. I have a very large home Garden where I'm trying to grow virtually all of my produce for my family for the entire year. For this reason, I thought that many things in the book would be applicable for me. I realize after reading it that there's way too many things that are not practical or useful for a home gardener. That being said I still enjoyed the book and learned quite a bit.

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Great advice. Buy the paper version.

Fantastic and encouraging. Lots of practical ideas but the narrator drove me crazy. The last syllable of each sentence drops in pitch so it sounds like he's whining. I had to speed up the narration speed just to finish. Unfortunately, I will never listen to it again.

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Great book

Awesome book for any gardener! Definitely will change the way my family gardens after listening to this book. Very helpful to have the printed version as well. I will be going back to this book for years to come!

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Great and very detailed information.

I have listened to this book multiple times and have heard something new and useful each time.

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Informative book but distracting reader

Countless reader errors and quirks were distracting throughout the book. Clearly his tongue was getting tied with difficult to pronounce words or certain consonant combinations or a blatant mispronunciation such as etcetera (etc).

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Fantastic

Not a huge fan of the narrator. Love the content and Author.

Has taken a our garden to the next level

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  • Anon
  • Gaithersburg
  • 06-28-18

Narration is so boring....

If your interested in learning how to farm on a small scale, there is great information here - I suggest reading it though. The narrator is so boring that I can’t finish the book after 6 attempts and hundreds of other books completed.

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Dan good book

The Market Gardener is a Dam good book. You would not be disappointed in this book.

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great book for staring organic farmers

so much detail and great tips for anyone who's never farmed at that scale and with such limitations.
I loved the book, but the narrator reads words in a certain way which was a bit annoying along with pronouncing the name of Jean-Martin's farm incorrectly! Les Jardin is not pronounced Le Hardin!
I wish the author read it, because he actually has a nice voice.

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Great information but a little bland.

I really loved the science shared on each faze of development. where the venture started how it's progressd and the step by step layout of how a novice Gardener can make a living farming with continued education and a little hard work. I've been studying this subject off an on for years, this book gave me some great information and ideas for my own operation.
My only criticism was it's a little bit like a text book. I think if it we're written a little more like a story of success and narrated by the right voice, it would inspire millions of people.
I completely agree with the part in the beginning about the need for the return of the small family farm operation and how it really is possible. In the last year I've started a small home grown beef operation and before long it will be my lively hood.
For the reader. If your interested in starting any small farm/garden operation and need solid information on how to, you found it. this book is a great guide.

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  • B. S. Mahtani
  • 02-10-18

Good for beginners by a passionate no dig farmer.

Really great. Quite long and drawn out but detailed and helpful knowledge, giving you the overview. probably the most successful in the biz.

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  • Sonja
  • 11-08-18

Could do with PDF attachments

I'm really enjoying this book and expect I will continue to do so but one thing I would have appreciated is downloadable reference material such as the tables mentioned on pages 14 and 15 which would be very useful information if I could access it.

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  • Michael P Ross
  • 05-05-18

Extremely informative

If your interested in living your career and love the outdoors... This is inspiration. Small scale can be the next big thing. Enjoy