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Market gardeners to inspire a thriving and sustainable growing practice

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

Here are some of our favourite market gardeners from around the world who each offer a wealth of knowledge about how to apply good techniques, good sense and good efficiency to create your own thriving market garden, wherever you are.



1. J M Fortier

Farmer, educator and bestselling author specialising in organic and biologically intensive vegetable production based in Quebec, Canada. You can find further information about his award winning book The Market Gardener, his documentary on The Market Gardener’s Toolkit and his online course The Market Gardener’s Master Class at www.themarketgardener.com.


2. Curtis Stone

Author of The Urban Farmer and producer of a tremendous video resource library on all aspects of running a productive micro-market garden on a budget whatever the location. Find out more at www.theurbanfarmer.co.


3. Elliot Coleman

US-based Coleman has 50 years of experience in commercial organic farming and is also a teacher, lecturer and author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest. Find out more at www.fourseasonfarm.com.


4. John Jeavons

Director of the ground breaking Grow Bio intensive mini farming programme for Ecology Action since 1972. Author of the inspiring ‘How to Grow More Vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains and other crops). Find out more at www.johnjeavons.info.


5. Masanobu Fukuoka

The pioneering Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming methods and re-vegetation of desertified lands , author of the fabulous book ‘The One Straw Revolution'. Find out more at www.onestrawrevolution.net.


6. Lawrence. D. Hills

British horticulturalist and writer, Hills also founded the Henry Doubleday Research Association, now called Garden Organic. Hills was author of the wonderful book ‘Organic Gardening’ which is still a personal favourite of ours. Find out more at www.gardenorganic.org.uk.


7. Martin Crawford

Devon-based Director of the Agroforestry Research Trust and author of several books on the philosophy and methodology of Agroforestry. An excellent seed catalogue as well. Find out more at www.agroforestry.co.uk.


8. Charles Dowding

A pioneer and leading authority on no-dig gardening. Charles is the author of several excellent books to guide the small scale market gardener. Find out more at www.charlesdowding.co.uk.



Learn more about market gardening

If you would like to learn more about market gardening in person, or to visit our working market garden, please take a look at our Events page to see what workshops and open days we have coming up soon.

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