The Market Gardener’s Toolkit is an educational documentary in which small-scale organic farmer, educator and author Jean-Martin Fortier shares the tools and techniques used on his family’s highly productive 1.5-acre farm.
From soil preparation to strategies on dealing with insect pests, discover how this micro-farm manages to generate $150,000 CAD in sales annually – without the use of a tractor or any heavy machinery.
Filmed over an entire growing season in Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships, The Market Gardener’s Toolkit offers an unprecedented insight into the daily operations of the farm, from seeding to transplanting, from weeding to harvesting.
Over 90 minutes of beautiful HD footage, Fortier takes you through the following subjects and demonstrates a variety of tools and techniques :
- Greenhouse and nursery
- The permanent bed system
- Standardization for efficiency
- Bed preparation with the minimal tillage approach
- Compost, fertilization and crop rotation
- Green manures
- The bio-intensive system
- Direct seeding / Seeders
- Weeding / Flame weeding
- Plastic and organic mulches
- Insect control
No matter the scale of your project, whether a small urban farm or a full-scale commercial market garden, this film will offer valuable information and help make your operation more efficient and profitable. The emphasis is put on low-tech, high-efficiency tools and techniques, with an aim to produce more with less work and less capital investment.
The film is being produced in two versions, English and French, so we filmed everything twice, and the editing also requires almost double the work (Click here to see the French-language version of this campaign).
We’re currently shooting for a mid-May release date, but we’re working hard to finish the film as soon as possible. The final product will be available in digital download format (720p and 1080p versions) and on DVD.
Our rewards for this campaign (you can see them in the sidebar on the right of this page) also include reproduction prints from Québec artist Eric Chouteau (sanscravate.ca), who’s working on illustrations to spice up the film. Here’s one of the illustrations he’s working on: