Small Scale Gardening Workshop

Community Workshops

Small Scale Gardening Workshop (Now offered in English! Don’t miss your chance!)

with Jean-Martin Fortier, family farmer at les Jardins de la Grelinette

Come to meet Quebec’s pionneer in small scale bio-intensive farming!

During this 2-hour long training, the urban gardener will learn all the tricks and tips of a professional farmer while those who are willing to start their own small scale commercial farming operation will find enough inspiration to get started!

Jean-Martin Fortier has more than 10 years of experience as an organic vegetable grower. He is the founder and co-owner of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a well-known farm in Québec for its intensive methods of production. Jean-Martin as recently published a book (in french) where he details how he and his wife manage more than 1 acrea and half, while using no tractor. His book, le jardinier-maraîcher, explains the methods, tools, and horticultural techniques, which can turn a market garden into a viable small farm. More information on Jean-Martin Fortier and his book can be found at this

For a video of Jean-Martin’s farm,  click here:

During this training, Jean-Martin will present most of the tools and techniques he uses to make diversified bio-intensive vegetable production possible and productive! In more details, he’ll show us how to:

  • Set-up a garden using permaculture design;
  • Cultivate on permanent raised beds using a no-till approach;
  • Improve weeding using the best manual tools available;
  • Efficiently fight against plant diseases and garden pests;
  • Extend the gardening season by protecting your plants from cold temperatures using passive structures;
  • Use alternative machinerie (vs tractor) to work the soil.

A question period will follow his presentation.

Whether you have a commercial gardening project, a community or collective garden, or a garden plot at home: this training is for you!

WHEN? Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The training will include a visit of Santropol Roulant’s rooftop garden.

WHERE? Santropol Roulant, 111 Roy St.E, 2nd floor

COST? 15$ per person.

**This training is also a fundraising event for Santropol Roulant’s urban agriculture activities. Thanks for your support!**

For more info or if you have questions, please contact Noémie à 514-284-9335 or noemie-(at)

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