Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Six Figure Farming for Small Plots Workshop: Techniques for Small Scale Intensive Organic Market Gardening

This is your chance to learn from one of the best new young farmers today.  Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) 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.  A leading proponent of biologically intensive cropping systems, JM has more than a decade`s worth of experience in organic farming. 

"After much research and many discoveries, our journey led us to what is now a productive and profitable micro-farm. Every week, our market garden now produces enough vegetables to feed over 200 families and generates enough income to comfortably support our household. Our low-tech strategy kept our start-up costs to a minimum and our overhead expenses low. The farm became profitable after only a few years of production, and we have never felt the pinch of financial pressure." 

If you`re serious about making farming your career choice then you won`t want to miss this all day participatory workshop to learn the ins and outs of what it will take to turn your farm into a profitable business endeavor.  The workshop is intended to complement the explanation of Jean Martin`s cropping systems given in his book The Market Gardener, and will provide in-depth instruction about intensive methods for optimizing a production system. Topics will include: 

– Farm set up and design for biologically intensive cropping systems 

– Alternative machinery, minimum tillage techniques and the use of the best hand tools for the market garden 

– Best practices for weed and pest management 

– How to develop a systematic approach to crop planning and season extension 

December 15th, 2014

Registration & check-in:  8:30 am - 9:00 am 

Workshop begins:  9:00 am sharp 

10:30 -10:45 am:   Potty break & snacks 

Noon - 1:00 pm:  Lunch will be included/provided with your registration 

2:30 - 2:45 pm:  Potty break & snacks 

5:00 pm - whenever:  Social mixer to get to know JM and your fellow mid-Missouri farmers

The workshop will be held at Bradford Research Center in Columbia, MO.  To register click here.

**Please email us if you have dietary restrictions email.

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