A New SPIn on Farming

Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Helene Desroches are co-proprietors of des Jardins de la Grelinette, one of the finest examples of Small Plot Intensive (SPIn) organic farming in Canada.

They run a Community Supported Agriculture operation, supplying 150 families from their bio-intensive ‘micro-farm’ in Saint-Armand, Québec. They also sell mesclun to retail outlets locally, and can be found weekly at the Knowlton farmers market (near Brome Lake).

They run a website and facebook page for the farm, and Jean-Martin travels extensively, spreading the word about organic SPIn farming techniques. After a successful crowdsourcing campaign by FarmStart, Jean-Martin’s book le Jardinier-Maraîcher has been translated into english: The Market Gardener; A Successful Growers’ Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming is now available for order, online!

The SOIL Survey

Are you an administrator in a hospital, long-term care facility, university, college or school?

Do you  grow fresh food on the property of your institution?
Have you considered the idea?

Please let us know, with a quick trip to our brief online survey only for administrators like you.

You can find more information on our new Survey page,  on the  FAQ and Lit pages, or by contacting:

Dr. Irena Knezevic, Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University at iknezevic@wlu.ca


Dr. Phil Mount, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, at pmount@wlu.ca