July 28: A Special Visitor

IMG_9803We were honoured to have Jean-Martin Fortier visit Bethany Garden on Tuesday July 28. About 50 farmers came to see the garden, and hear what Jean-Martin had to say.  It was a great opportunity for farmers to get together and talk shop in the middle of the summer! Colleen and Michael, along with the Sisters of St Martha, were wonderful hosts.  I was so impressed with the garden and with this year’s apprentices!!!  Even though the day had a bit of rain, the atmosphere was super positive.  Jean-Martin seemed quite touched.

Michael and Colleen did a great job demonstrating the different techniques and tools they use in the garden.  JM, who put much of the system together and wrote about it in his book The Market Gardener, was very encouraging.

Here are a few photos from the day:

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Michael Overmars with flameweeder, wheelhoe, Jang seeder, and backpack sprayer

Michael Overmars with flameweeder, wheelhoe, Jang seeder, and backpack sprayer

Nice crop of carrots!

Nice crop of carrots on a raised bed!

The barn provided an ideal gathering space to share information

The barn provided an ideal gathering space to share information

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Michael demonstrating the use of the power harrow on a raised bed

Michael demonstrating the use of the power harrow on a raised bed

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Sister Donna Brady, (in red, but without a hat), is seeing the fruition of her vision to train young farmers.

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David Greenberg talking with Colleen and Michael as they prepare for Jean-Martin's visit.

David Greenberg talking with Colleen and Michael as they prepare for Jean-Martin’s visit.

Thanks to everyone who visited Bethany Garden!

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