March 9 – Rockstar Farmer Jean Martin Fortier in Kelowna

Posted by Darcy Smith on February 22, 2014


We’ve been joking around at Young Agrarians for a while about how farmers should be rockstars. So when we found out Jean-Martin Fortier was coming to BC, thanks to the good folk at FarmStart – we decided to brand the campaign: farmer rockstar.

If your a new farmer working the vegetables or someone considering getting into farming – don’t miss this workshop! 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 Summerhill Winery!

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.

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

Thanks so much to our co-sponsor and friends at Summerhill Pyramid Winery: BC’s premier organic and biodynamic winery, vineyard and gourmet restaurant.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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

Location: Summerhill Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Rd, Kelowna V1W 4M3



“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 and Farmstart.

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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 Kelowna Poster       Jean Martin Fortier Kelowna Handbill

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