Market Gardening: How to Make a Living on 1.5 Acres

Some good information for those wishing to start a CSA or a Market Garden!


Enjoy a great article by Jean-Martin Fortier

“Les Jardins de la Grelinette” is the author’s thriving 1.5-acre market garden in Saint-Armand, Quebec.

Photo by Parafilms/Possible Media/The Market Gardener’s Toolkit

Many people believe that a small-scale market garden can’t compete economically with larger industrial growers. For more than a decade, however, my wife and I have supported our four-person family solely by intensively farming 1.5 acres. We offer our experience here as a road map to help you start your own successful market farm.

We began our farming careers as “WWOOFers” (volunteers with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), and later worked as farm managers on someone else’s market farm. After we spent some time learning abroad, we came home to Quebec to pursue our own farming project. We started small by growing produce on one-fifth of an acre and by living simply — in a tipi! After a few years…

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t catch the part at the beginning saying that it’s reposted from someone else’s blog. I just read “wife and small children” and all I could think was that I had really misread the situation here lol!
    It was a great article, and we got some good info that we can put to use on our 20 acres. Thanks, and keep the blogs coming!

    1. HAHA! That’s hilarious! No wife or children here for sure! Glad you enjoyed it!

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