If you’ve not already heard of Jean-Martin Fortier, allow us to introduce you to a rising star, the Canadian organic farmer whose notion of human-scaled, “six-figure farming” is shaking up the fields.
Fortier is a busy man: He’s the founder, with wife Maude-Helène Desroches, of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a 10-acre micro-farm in eastern Quebec where the couple live with their two kids. He’s also at the helm of La Ferme des Quatre-Temps, about an hour away—a social-enterprise experiment to train a new generation of farmers and demonstrate how diversified, small-scale farms can be profitable (while producing highest-quality crops and livestock).
“Profitable” and “six-figure” aren’t terms typically thrown around in discussions of micro-farms, but Fortier does things a little differently. He openly shares that his family farm is profitable, grossing about $100,000 per acre annually (on 1.5 acres of cultivated land)—enough to live well and support his family. He wants people to know that you can make money farming, he tells us, “because, first of all, it’s true. And if we want to attract more young people into the trade, we must let them know that it is possible to make a good living as farmers.”