Jean-Martin Fortier will be a featured speaker at the 2015 OSU Small Farms Conference on February 28th. Jean-Martin will be presenting an in-depth, full day workshop on his approach to micro-scale, biologically intensive agriculture.
Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, near Quebec. The farm is recognized internationally for its high productivity and profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. A leading proponent of biologically intensive cropping systems, Jean-Martin has more than a decade’s worth of experience in organic farming.
Jean-Martin is a graduate of the McGill School of Environment and is a passionate advocate for strengthening local food systems, notably working with Montréal’s Équiterre to help create Canada’s most important network of CSA farms. He has also facilitated more than fifty workshops and conferences in Canada, France, Belgium and the United-States promoting the idea of micro-scale farming.
Jean-Martin has written articles about his work for popular magazines such as Canadian Organic Grower, La Terre de Chez Nous, and Growing for Market. He also contributes as an equipment and tool advisor for companies such as Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Dubois Agrinovation. His first book, The Market Gardener, published in French and English, has sold more than 30,000 copies since its release in the fall of 2012.
Jean-Martin lives on his 1.5 acre farm in St-Armand Québec, with his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches and their two children Forest and Rose.