On Friday, October 30, Arizona State University and Steadfast Farm at Agritopia will bring one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers, Jean-Martin Fortier, to the Valley for a one-day event.
The workshop, called Profitable Small-Scale Farming: Essential Tools & Techniques, will "provide in-depth instruction on optimizing cropping systems for intensive methods of production."
If you're not already familiar with Fortier's name, know that he's a pretty big deal in sustainable farming circles. He's the author of the book The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Growing,” which details the low-tech, high-yield methods he uses to make a living farming one just an acre and a half of land. He's a champion of "growing better, not bigger" and of using "biologically intensive" farming methods to achieve success.
Topics covered in the workshop will include:
- Farm setup 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
The workshop, which starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., will take place at SkySong in Scottsdale and includes a copy of Fortier's book, breakfast from Crêpe Bar, and lunch from Pane Bianco for the $84 enrollment fee.
To register or for more information about the event, check the ASU Food Systems Transformation Initiative website.
For more information about Fortier, visit the Market Farmer website.