Rockstar Farmer Jean Martin Fortier in Richmond March 7

Posted by Darcy Smith on February 11, 2014


John, Paul, George, and Ringo, who? When we think rock star, Jean Martin Fortier is more our style. Jean Martin Fortier’s micro-farm in Eastern Quebec feeds more than 200 families through his thriving CSA, market stands, and supplying local establishments. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income, generating close to $140,000 in annual sales with a profit margin of around 45%. We like to think of him as Canada’s own Eliot Coleman 2.0. Young Agrarians is thrilled to host Jean Martin Fortier at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond BC.

Jean-Martin marries smart, intensive farming with solid business sense—all while finding time to enjoy life. In this workshop, and in his new book, The Market Gardener, Jean-Martin Fortier demonstrates how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to optimal cropping systems. He will discuss how to:

—Set up a micro-farm & design biologically intensive cropping systems with negligible capital outlay

—Farm without a tractor & minimize fossil fuel inputs through the best hand tools appropriate machinery, & minimum tillage

—Grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to best practices for weed and pest management, crop yields, harvest periods and pricing

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Check out our recent interview with Jean Martin Fortier on the Young Agrarians blog!

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Young Agrarians 2014 programming.

Thanks so much to our co-sponsor, Kwantlen Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems.

Please help us get the word out! Join this event on Facebook and tell all of your friends about it!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Doors 9:30am, Workshop 10am-5pm

Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Landsdowne Road, Richmond, V6X 3V8
Melville Centre for Dialogue Conference Centre
Room 2550, 2nd floor, pay-parking onsite



“If you’re serious about farming, I urge you to attend Jean-Martin Fortier’s workshops while he’s in BC. I have toured farms all over the west coast of North America, and I have yet to see anyone compare in production methods, soil management, crop health, product quality, and most importantly a balanced lifestyle. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the most cutting edge organic farmers of our time!”

– Curtis Stone, BC’s own small-scale farmer extraordinaire.

We love our sponsors and supporters! Thanks to our partners-in-farming FarmFolk CityFolk, Farmstart, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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Feel free to click the links below and download the full-size poster or the handbills — hand them out to friends, family, and farm allies.

Jean Martin Fortier Richmond Poster      Jean Martin Fortier Richmond Handbill

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