Member Event: ‘How to Make a Living on 1.5 Acres’ with Jean-Martin Fortier

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Author: Jenn Kucharczyk

Posted: April 9, 2014

Categories: Events / GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Members

Fortier Farmstart

From FarmStart, a Sustain Ontario Member:

If you could make $100, 000 per year-growing vegetables on 1.5 acres, no tractor, minimal debt, selling healthy environmentally responsible produce, and take the winters off – would you consider farming? In his book The Market Gardener Jean-Martin Fortier, describes how he has succeeded in farming and shares his techniques.

Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm known for its high productivity and profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. Fortier will be presenting the story of how he and his family are enjoying the alternative lifestyle of micro-scale farming on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Center for Social Innovation, Regent Park Lounge, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, from 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Purchase tickets online.


The presentation will be preceded by an Urban Aggie Potluck Dinner from 5:30pm-7:30pm as a way for fellow urban farmers and gardeners to meet. To RSVP for the potluck, email Rebecca at by April 20th.

In December 2012, we shared FarmStart’s crowdfunding campaign for the translation of Fortier’s book from French to English. Read our blog post, “Help FarmStart Translate French How-To Guide for Small-Scale Market Farmers.”