• The Market Gardener

  • A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
  • By: Jean-Martin Fortier
  • Narrated by: Diego Footer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (340 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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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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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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Good book, annoying narrator

Throughout the entire book the narrator pronounced the name of the author’s business wrong. It would have been quick to find out how to say it right but instead you have to listen to him repeat it incorrectly over and over.

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NOT organic practices

You lost me at factory farm blood meal, bone meal, feather meal and chicken manure pellets. No way is that organic fertilizer. I would like to test this soil for antibiotics.

Second, lost me with the customer will pay a ton of money for this pretend organic food.

I really can't stand the fact that people are copying this model. people pay money for food they believe is healthy. This farm uses any and all practices to make money, pesticides, fungicides, antibiotic tainted manure, it's all about the money. This type of permaculture is just another type of factory farm.

Become rich on a half an acre. Only until the customers find out how you do it.

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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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Amazing book - naration needs work

Where does The Market Gardener rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an amazing book - a must read for anyone interested in organic farming. However, the butchering of the French words and place names was a real distraction from the content.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Diego Footer?

The narration really detracted from my enjoyment of this book. The author is French-Canadian. I would have appreciated the narrator being cast with that in mind. Someone who has a working knowledge of french pronunciation would have better suited to this task.

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Very in-depth!

I listened to this as preparation for an interview with the author. I was only familiar with Jean Martin Fortier from his Instagram. I was incredibly impressed with how in-depth this book was! I feel it is a great reference that should be came back to again and again, it’s margins filled with notes and dog-eared pages!

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Narrator issues

Narrator sounded bored at first chapters of the book.
Narrator used unfortunate breathing patterns that affected the phrasing. This was sometimes distracting enough to necessitate re-listening to the section.
Narrator mispronounced part of the French name of the farm (that is the subject of this book) kind of as if "jardin" was a Spanish word. This happened over and over, as the name comes up many times in each chapter.

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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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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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  • 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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  • Georgeorges
  • 07-28-20

Still an amazing book this many years on

I bought the hard copy many years ago, it was inspiring and set me on a career in farming. As I embark on setting up a new farm, I thought I’d have a re-listen and it was a great way to quickly pick up on the necessary info. I’m back to using the hard copy for reference after getting a great overview from the audio

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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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  • Mat
  • 02-20-21

No BS guide to market gardens

As a farmer, I've read a lot of books on farming. This is one of the first books that hasn't had heaps of cringe worthy claims (maybe one or two).

Easy listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-20

Very informative for all vege gardening

Bit hard to listen to but great information throughout. Would recommend to anyone looking for information about vegetable gardening or selling their garden produce.

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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

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